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Consuming Less

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Reusable grocery bag.

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One way to help the environment is to go digital for everything from news to banking.

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Purchasing fewer new products

From carpets to computers, T-shirts to TVs, manufacturing new products emits CO2. Extending the lives of existing goods reduces the need for manufacturing new ones.

Learning more about products

In England, some grocery items are now labeled with their "carbon footprints."

Choosing energy-efficient industries
Buying certified carbon offsets

Balance carbon emissions by purchasing offsets that go to efforts like planting trees or investing in alternative energy.

Using certified wood products

Furniture, veneers, flooring and lumber from unmanaged tropical rainforests contribute to deforestation.

Choosing recycled goods

Recycled content is usually listed on the package of office paper, tissues, paper towels, etc.

Reducing garbage
Recycling more

In 2006, the U.S. recycled about 40 percent of packaging materials, saving 108 million metric tons of CO2 -equivalent emissions.

Reducing incoming catalogs and junk mail
Going digital for everything from the news to banking

For example, if every U.S. household viewed and paid its bills online, solid waste would be cut by 1.4 billion metric tons and greenhouse gas emissions would decrease by 1.9 million metric tons each year.

Bringing your own bags

Preferably fabric bags or reusable plastic ones, since producing 10,000 plastic bags emits about 19 metric tons of CO2.

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