Reduce and ReuseHelp  our enviroment by following some ecotips:

  • Water plants in the morning or evening to avoid water evaporation.
  • A ton of paper sheets requires 115 000 liters of water!! Please consider this information before printing any document.
  • Use less hot water, cold water is healthier and it requieres less energy.
  • Unplug anything that is not beeing used.
  • Set your thermostat a degree higher for air-conditioning and a degree lower for heating, and you'll save a lot of money and energy.
  • Only from June to September, Marine Turtles come to lay their eggs. And this unique and amazing activity can be observed at the coast of Tulum at the Sian Ka'an Biosphere http://www.ecocancun.com/en/tours/marine-turtle-tour.html
  • Set your thermostat a degree higher for air-conditioning and a degree lower for heating, and you'll save a lot of money and energy.
  • Laundry. Seek out energy-efficient (front loader) laundry machines. Your clothes will wash and dry faster. And they use less water.
  • Use the power management mode on your computer. You can save money and energy merely by enabling the low-power sleep modes on your monitors and CPU.

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE

Recycle Bins: Create designated holding "bins" for each type of recycled product and place in convenient locations in your home/garage.

 

Recycling Fact Sheet: Create a local recycling fact sheet for yourself and interested neighbors. Find out where you can recycle: glass, paper products, plastic grocery bags (better yet - use cloth bags), plastic, aluminum, cardboard, cans, scrap metal, motor oil (one quart of oil can kill fish in thousands of gallons of water), ink cartridges, household appliances such as refrigerators, computer equipment and other electronic devices, aseptic packaging (square boxes used for liquids), styrofoam, tires, athletic shoes (contact a local sporting goods or athletic shoe store - some donate used shoes, others recycle them), etc.

 

Recycled Content: Ask your local retailers to stock more products made from recycled materials and buy products made from the highest recycled content whenever possible.

 

Green Paper: In general, try to buy products/containers made from recycled material as often as possible to support the recycled product market. When purchasing paper products (toilet paper, etc,), look for paper that has been recycled using a minimum of 50% post-consumer waste. Also, purchase from companies that do not use chlorine to bleach their paper products.

 

Natural Fertilizer: Leave grass clippings on the lawn as fertilizer.

 

Composting: Start a compost pile with yard trimmings and food scraps.

 

Pack-it-Out: If you are traveling and no recycle bins are available, pack your recyclables home with you whenever possible.

 

Eco-Friendly Burials: For the ultimate in recycling, check out the growing movement.

 

Hazardous Waste: The other key aspect of dealing with waste effectively is to dispose of toxic products at a hazardous waste facility. Products requiring special handling include:

  • Building Materials - paint , varnish, paint thinner, solvents, rust remover, wood preservatives and driveway sealer.
  • Automotive products - gasoline, transmission oil, brake fluid, kerosene, charcoal lighter fluid, power steering fluid, used motor oil, used oil filters, used antifreeze oHousehold cleaners - spot removers, rug cleaners, metal cleaners, bathroom cleaners, oven cleaner, drain cleaner.
  • Pesticides - insect killers, weed killers, flea products, moth crystals, fertilizers with weed killer.
  • Miscellaneous - photographic chemicals, acids and corrosive chemicals, pool chemicals, compact fluorescent light bulbs, batteries.

 

Water bottles: Bring your own reusable water bottle filled with filtered water from home everytime you go to the gym. You could save an average of $200 usd per year as well as 14 pounds of plastic.

 

Share With Friends: Share things like books, magazines, movies, games, and newspapers between friends and neighbors.

 

Replace Disposables: Wherever possible, replace disposable products with reusable ones i.e., razor, food storage, batteries, ink cartridges (buy refill ink), coffee filters, furnace or air conditioner filters, etc.

 

Deodorant: When you buy deodorant (there are organic options), try to avoid antiperspirants, which use aluminium salts to seal up to your pores. In addition to being a potential health toxin, aluminum takes a tremendous amount of energy to mine. If you buy one stick of aluminum-free deodorant, the energy sabed could power your laptop for 30 min!!!

 

SpongeSponges: Instead of buying a synthetic nylon sponge, consider using a completely natural and biodegradable loofah or a plain reusable washcloth. Since nylon is made from petroleum and can´t be recycled, you´ll conserve the energy used to make it, as well as the environmental cost of disposing of it.

 

Lipstick: Given than the average woman may inadvertently ingest mora than 4 punds of lipstick in her lifetime, you´ll want to look for lip color made from plant-derived ingredients instead of from synthetic oils, paraffin waxes, and toxic coal tar dyes (look for FD&C or D&C followed by a color and number).... If one in five lipstick wearers began demanding plant-based options, total petroleum product consumption would decrease by more than 825,000 pounds per year.

 

Pet beds: The next time your canine or feline friend needs a new bed, look for one that is filled with recycled fiber. If one in every 20 dog owners purchased a bed made from recycled materials, the fiber savings would total nearly 3,200 tons and fill 400 grabage trucks.

 

Fish TanksFish Tanks: When you clean your fish tank, remove only one-third to one half of the water and use it as a nutrient-rich solution for house and outdoor plants. You´ll conserve water and eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers. If every fish owner adopted this habit, the freshwater saved annually would ...be enough to fill 24 ounce bottles for each of the 1.2 billion people in the world without access to safe drinking water.

 

Dual-flush toilets. Buy them and save water: They come with 2 flush options: the first uses 0.8 gallons of water, and the secord uses 1.6 gallons (to dispose of more waste).This can reduce water usage by up to 67% compared with the traditional toilet, wich uses about 3 gallons in a single flush.

 

Reuse

Shower Curtains: Avoid using plastic liners (you don't really need them) with your shower curtains, and you'll keep unnatural vinyl plastic out of landfills. PVC plastic waste amounts several million tons per year, and none of them are recyclable.

 

Trash Bags: Use leftover paper or plastic bags as liners for your trash cans. You'll save money and time shopping in the trash- liner bag aisle. When one ton of plastic bag is reused, the energy nequivalent of eleven barrels of oil is saved. When one ton of paper bags is reused, up to 17 trees are spared.

 

Preheating: If you're boiling, roasting, or baking a dish that will cook for an hour or more, don't bother preheating your oven. Even for breads and cakes, never preheat for longer than 10 min. If you reduce the amount of time your oven is on by one hour per year, you'll save an average of two kw hours of energy.

 

Restaurants: Take home what you don´t eat, and ask for a little packaging as possible. Use it for your dog or as a compost for your lawn or garden. This reduces food scraps and the disposal costs that restaurants bear.

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