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12 Animals Demonstrating Simple Ways To Help The Environment

If a group of dogs can deal with cloth napkins, can't you?

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2. Use One Less Paper Napkin


Follow their lead and use fabric napkins! Americans use approximately 2,200 napkins per year. If we all used one less per day, we could save 1 BILLION pounds of paper napkins per year from their landfill-y grave.

4. Wrap Presents Creatively


She feels very strongly that you could reuse that. Wrap with Newspaper, Aluminum Foil, or Inside Out Christmas Paper (which you can then decorate with your own creative awesomeness).

5. Turn Off the Water when You Brush Your Teeth


You can save up to 5 gallons of water a day with this simple change. "Daily savings in the U.S. alone could add up to 1.5 billion gallons--more water than folks use in the Big Apple."

10. Don't Use Coffee Stirrers or Unnecessary Straws


He totally could have just sipped that. Yeesh.

Currently, Americans throw away 138 billion straws and stirrers. "Determined to stir? Break off a piece of pasta from the cupboard. You can nibble after using it, compost, or throw away with less guilt."

11. Turn out (some) Lights when you Leave the Room


"Always turn off incandescent bulbs when you leave a room. Fluorescent bulbs are more affected by the number of times it is switched on and off, so turn them off when you leave a room for 15 minutes or more. You'll save energy on the bulb itself, but also on cooling costs, as lights contribute heat to a room."

12. Pay Bills Online

If all Americans stopped receiving paper billing statements, we could save 18.5 million trees per year, 2.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses, and 1.7 billion pounds of solid waste.

Reference for all statistics and more great ideas found at

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