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DON'T DIE FROM POLLUTION

WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

You've heard it a million times before, but recycling is still one of the best ways to keep down emissions. Plastics are made from processed oil products, and consider an average product makes an average of 4-8 pounds of CO2 per pound manufactured.

Keep your vehicle well maintained. A car that does not function properly can cause all kinds of pollution. Tires under-inflated cause your car to work harder to push the weight forward smoothly, thus pushing your engine to burn more fuel.

Allowing your car to idle for long periods of time wastes gas and creates unnecessary pollution, so the next time you are in line for some drive-through fast food think of how much wasted gas you used and put into the air.

Carpool or take public transportation when you can. Many people find it is easier to ride public transportation, to skip traffic and parking conditions in a major city. Walking or cycling is also good for you and does not produce any pollution.

As simple as it sounds, just remembering to turn off your unused appliances and lights will save you money and reduce power consumption. Even unplugging unused devices can help save small amounts of power.

Here is a fun one, cancel your junk mail. An average adult receives an averate of 41 pounds of junk mail a year.

Maintaining your home is major. Insulation and weatherstripping keeps your home comfortable and lowers your energy bill. Compact Flourescent light bulbs saves more than 2/3rds the energy required by a regular incandescent bulb.

Chosing to eat responsibly also reduces your carbon footprint. Planting your own garden, eating local foods, and buying products with less packaging are all good for the planet. Even eating less meat products, just once a week helps more than you know. It has been estimated that 18% of all greenhouse gases are associated with the meat industry.