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A little goes a long way

Contrary to popular belief, helping to save the earth is not rocket science.
CATS Classified In The Straits Times - October 18, 2012
By: Belinda Wan
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A little goes a long way

Contrary to popular belief, helping to save the earth is not rocket science. In fact, you merely need to tweak some of your habits as you go about your daily tasks – if you wish to leave a smaller carbon footprint.

Here’s how you can make a difference:
Don’t drive. Do you really need a car? If you do, try car pooling – you’ll save money on petrol, and the environment benefits too.

Drive a hybrid car. If you can afford it, go for it! Because of their advanced technology and batteries, hybrid cars usually cost a few thousand dollars more. But you’ll be saving on fuel and enjoying rebates under the Green Vehicle Rebate (GVR) programme, and creating less greenhouse gases too!

Service your car regularly. You don’t want your car to be a health hazard on four wheels, do you? Proper maintenance regulates the amount of emissions emitted (and hence creates less pollution), saves gas and also extends the life of your vehicle.

Work smart. You should put your laundry in the washing machine only when you have a full load, and wash your dishes only when every dirty plate is in the sink. Doing so will help you save water, time and effort.

Stop buying bottled water. Bring your own drinking water when you’re out shopping. Encourage your office administrators to stop buying individual bottles of water for staff and install a water filtration system. Just think of all the plastic you’ll save from polluting our environment!

Be a responsible traveller. Do your part to protect Mother Nature. Refrain from grabbing samples of plants and earth when you’re in a foreign land; and don’t buy animal products like fur, animal-skin handbags, tortoiseshell sunglasses or taxidermied animals.

Be responsible. Keep your environment clean – if you carelessly leave trash behind, hapless animals could get killed when they ingest it, choke on it or get trapped in it.

Ditch the extras. Do you need your eye cream to be enclosed in multiple layers of paper and plastic? Make sure you don’t purchase products with excessive packaging.

Don’t throw – refill. Buy refills of erasers, pens, detergents, air freshener and other products. It cuts down on trash and helps you to save money too.

Say no to synthetics. Wear more natural fabrics than synthetic ones. They are biodegradable, airy and comfortable, whereas synthetic fabrics are made from petrochemicals (which need ever-precious oil in order to be produced) or perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs). These chemicals are probably as bad as they sound.

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