You have the power to help improve air quality. Even small lifestyle changes can add up to a big difference.
From beauty products to taxi cabs, how you choose to spend your money can help clean the air and encourage sustainable industry. To search for eco-friendly businesses near you,check out Greenopia.
There's an app for that
Find sustainable shopping, transportation, dining, travel and more with “green” applications for your mobile device. You can also find enviro-themed games and news stories. Check out the top-5 green app lists at eBay Green Team and Turnstyle to get you started.
Bring your own
What’s better than recycling? Not even using it in the first place. Reduce your waste by bringing your own reusable shopping bags, water bottle or coffee mug. Seem like a hassle? Stash extras in your car or your office; after a while, you won’t have to think twice. Some grocery stores and cafes will even offer you a discount.
It’s easy eating green
Shop the organic section of your grocery store, or hit up your neighborhood farmers market. Dining out? More and more restaurants are offering local, organic and sustainably produced foods. For markets and restaurants near you, check out the Eat Well Guide.
Flex your power
Appliances and chargers left plugged in still use 40% of the energy used when powered on! Power strips let you easily power down with just the flip of a switch. And use cold water when running your washing machine or dishwasher. Most of the energy used goes to heating the water!
Irony under the sink
Did you know? Many of the products we use to make our homes clean and healthy are actually bad for us and the environment. Look for nontoxic and eco-friendly alternatives in stores, or make your own! Download our print-and-cut Greener Cleaner recipe cards (332 Kb).
Put the reuse back in “reduce, reuse, recycle.” Buying used clothing, furniture, appliances and other items eliminates the energy needed to create, package and ship a new item. Check out your local resale or thrift stores, or find used items on Craigslist.
Green your dry clean
Conventional dry-cleaning uses chemicals that contribute to smog and are known to cause cancer. For nontoxic alternatives to dry cleaning, download Co-op America’s handy guide to dry-cleaning alternatives (56 Kb), and search for eco-friendly cleaners near you.
Driving the cause
In the market for a new car? Consider an alternative-fuel or very fuel-efficient vehicle. For help choosing a cleaner car, try DriveClean or GreenCar. Better yet, reduce your trips. Commuting by carpool, transit or bike—even just one day a week—can greatly impact your carbon footprint.