Small but Effective Ways To Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Mollie Swan

Due to excessive waste and pollution, our environment is suffering. As temporary residents here on planet Earth, it is our responsibility to take care of it. We all know the obvious ways to be eco-friendly, such as recycling paper and plastic and carpooling, but Miramonte’s Enviornmental Club has provided new, simple ways to help, because each small gesture makes a difference.
“It’s important to focus on our environment because it’s in the best interest of everyone,” said junior Julia Withers, Co-President of Miramonte Environmental Club.  “We are all involved in the same issues so we all should strive to fix them. If we have no planet to live on, we can’t live at all.”

  • Unplug chargers and appliances when you are not using them because many chargers drain electricity even when they are not being used
  • Drink tap water
  • Lower the heat and water heater when you go on vacation
  • Use low-flow showerheads. They still give you high water pressure while decreasing your water bill and saving water
  • Wrap gifts in newspaper instead of buying wrapping paper
  • When buying a few items from the grocery store or drug store, do not ask for a bag
  • Use a lunchbox and Tupperware, rather than a lunch bag and Ziploc bags
  • Turn off the water while you brush your teeth
  • When you have the option, buy organic fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents. They are more energy efficient, last longer, and even help clean the air in your home