Here are some quick, easy ways green your life.
More than 10 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto come from waste. With an aspirational goal of zero waste, the City’s Long Term Waste Strategy puts a priority on reducing waste and minimizing what we send to landfill.
Tips to reduce your waste:
- Buy less stuff.
- Say no to single-use plastic bags, paper cups, and water bottles.
- Sign up for paperless bills and invoices.
- Take your own bags when you shop.
- Recycle, repair, swap, sell or donate things that you don’t need or want.
- If you don’t know what items go in which bin, ask the “Waste Wizard“
- Take your household hazardous waste to a depot or Community Environment Day for safe disposal.
- Compost food and yard waste. Up to half of household waste is compostable. If you can’t compost it, put it in a green bin.
- Plug your home electronics into a power bar with a timer or auto shut-off.
- Place lids on your pots when cooking to retain heat.
- Wash clothes in cold water.
- When you save water, you save energy. It takes a lot of energy to purify and pump water to your home.
- Buy energy efficient appliances. Look for ENERGY STAR® certified products.
Programs to make your home more energy efficient:
- Check all faucets, pipes and toilets and repair any leaks.
- Take shorter showers.
- Turn off the tap – don’t let it run when you brush your teeth, shave, or wash dishes.
- Install water-saving showerheads and ultra-low-flush toilets.
- Get a dual-flush toilet.
- Store a jug of water in the fridge so you don’t have to run the tap to get cold water.
- If you have a garden, get a rain barrel to collect rainwater for your plants and flowers.
- Water your lawn less.
- Plant drought tolerant and native plants that need less water. More water-efficient landscaping tips.
- Use a car wash; washing your car with a hose uses more water.
MyWaterToronto makes it easy to see your total and average water use by day, week, month or year.
Eat local. Locally-grown foods travel less from farm to table, which reduces the emissions that contribute to climate change. And, it supports our local economy. Visit Foodland Ontario to find out what’s in season.
Meatless Mondays. The Toronto Vegetarian Association has some great advice on how to introduce Meatless Mondays into your schedule.
Houseplants can help to purify the air, stabilize humidity and reduce dust.
Grow your own food. Consider converting your backyard, balcony or windowsill, into a garden.