Environmental Quick Tips

I am taking steps to combat climate change. Waiting to run the dishwasher until you have a full load and drinking tap water instead of bottled water make a big impact on our oceans and waterways and take very little effort on our part. Additionally these steps can be fun and more efficient, saving money and sometimes achieving a better result. Here is a series of steps we all can take to help our waterways and combat climate change. There is only one global ocean—and we all share it.

I will adjust my thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in the summer. This could save 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.

Source: worldwildlife.org 

Danielle Eubank “One Artist Five Oceans”

I will try a meat-free diet one or two days a week. It takes 1,799 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef, compared to 132 gallons of water to produce one pound of wheat.

Source: Los Angeles Times

Danielle Eubank “One Artist Five Oceans”

I will buy locally and reduce the energy required to store, transport, and pack my produce. In North America, fruits and vegetables travel an average of 1,500 miles before reaching my plate. 

Source: worldwildlife.org  

Danielle Eubank “One Artist Five Oceans”

I will replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs with efficient CFLs or LEDs. If every house in the United States replaced one incandescent bulb with an LED, we could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 9 billion pounds.

Source: cpsled.com 

Danielle Eubank “One Artist Five Oceans”

I will walk and ride my bike more, which will reduce my carbon footprint by not driving while also improving my physical health.

Source: earthday.org  https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-tips/

Danielle Eubank “One Artist Five Oceans”

I won’t do the dishes or laundry until I have a full load. With the exception of newer energy-efficient appliances, dishwashers and washing machines use the same amount of energy and water regardless of whether or not it’s a full load. Doing fewer loads saves resources, time, and money and helps the planet.

Source: epa.gov

Danielle Eubank “One Artist Five Oceans”

I won’t buy more groceries than I need. In the United States, as much as 40 percent of the food produced goes uneaten. About 160 billion pounds of food is thrown away each year.

Source: time.com

Danielle Eubank “One Artist Five Oceans”

I will use an environmentally friendly diaper brand. The average child uses between 5,000 and 8,000 diapers, which equates to 3.5 million tons of landfill waste.

Source: 50waystohelp.com 

Danielle Eubank “One Artist Five Oceans”

I won’t take a paper napkin unless I need it. If everyone in the United States used one less paper napkin per day, it could divert a billion pounds of waste from landfills.

Source: 50waystohelp.com

Danielle Eubank “One Artist Five Oceans”

I will drink tap water in reusable bottles. It takes over 1.5 million barrels of oil to produce single-use water bottles for the United States Around 80 percent of single-use water bottles are thrown away, taking over 1,000 years to biodegrade in landfills and producing toxic fumes when incinerated.

Source: thewaterproject.org

Danielle Eubank “One Artist Five Oceans”

I will not wash my own car. Most commercial car washes use 60 percent less water for the entire process than a homeowner uses just to rinse their car. Commercial car washes also protect our watersheds by preventing toxins in soap, detergents, fossil fuels, rust, etc., from washing into storm drains.

Source: cfpub.epa.gov

Danielle Eubank “One Artist Five Oceans”

I will switch from paper bills to electronic statements and keep digital (rather than paper) records of statements. Switching from paper to digital bills (as well as magazines, catalogs, newspapers, etc.) could save millions of trees, billions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions, and billions of pounds of solid waste per year. Source: 50waystohelp.com

Danielle Eubank “One Artist Five Oceans”

I will change from conventional lightbulbs to LEDs. LEDs use at least 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs. In the United States, widespread use of LEDs over the next ten years could save the equivalent annual electrical output of forty-four large power plants.

Source: energy.gov

Danielle Eubank “One Artist Five Oceans”

I will wash clothes in cold water. Approximately 90 percent of the total energy use and greenhouse gas emissions produced by a single load of laundry come from warming the water. Plus, studies have shown that washing in cold water is just as effective.

Source: coldwatersaves.org

Danielle Eubank “One Artist Five Oceans”

I can buy new appliances with the Energy Star label. Energy Star products are more efficient, meaning they use less energy, which saves me money on my electric bill and helps the planet by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Source: energystar.gov

Danielle Eubank “One Artist Five Oceans”

I will unplug electronic devices when they are not in use. About a quarter of all residential energy consumption is used on devices in idle power mode.

Source: nrdc.org

Danielle Eubank “One Artist Five Oceans”

I will install rain barrels around my house. They help capture water for my garden, putting less stress on municipal systems and replenishing underground aquifers.

Source: worldwildlife.org

Danielle Eubank “One Artist Five Oceans”

I will better insulate my home. Adding insulation, weather stripping, and caulking around your home can make your home more comfortable and save money on your energy bills.

Source: energystar.gov.

Danielle Eubank “One Artist Five Oceans”

I will xeriscape my yard. By replacing my water-guzzling lawn with native drought-tolerant plants I can save money on my water bill while also creating a more climate-resilient landscape  that feeds and attracts local birds.

Source: energy.gov 

Danielle Eubank “One Artist Five Oceans”

I will eat less beef and lamb. Animal agriculture is the second largest contributor to human-made greenhouse gas emissions after fossil fuels and is a leading cause of deforestation, water and air pollution, and biodiversity loss.

Source: climatenexus.org 

Danielle Eubank “One Artist Five Oceans”

I will recycle and donate my used things to charity instead of throwing them away. The average American tosses 4.4 pounds of trash every single day. It may not seem all that astonishing on the surface, but with 323.7 million people living in the United States, that is roughly 728,000 tons of daily garbage, enough to fill 63,000 garbage trucks.

Source: saveonenergy.com

Danielle Eubank “One Artist Five Oceans”

I won’t buy sunscreen with oxybenzone, which is toxic to young coral. Between 4,000 and 6,000 tons of sunscreen enters coral reef areas around the world each year, and it only takes one drop of sunscreen in an Olympic-sized pool to be harmful to corals.

Source: time.com 

Danielle Eubank “One Artist Five Oceans”