What does it mean to be green? : In your Office, at Home, for the Holidays


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These are the slides that go along with the talk I gave at the PARMA Luncheon.

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What does it mean to be green? : In your Office, at Home, for the Holidays

  1. 1. In your Office, at Home, for the Holidays
  2. 3. Eliminate Junk Mail <ul><li>Control the catalogs you receive in the mail </li></ul><ul><li>www.catalogchoice.org </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminate credit card offers </li></ul><ul><li>www.optoutprescreen.com </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminate charity mail </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Email them from their website </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Google “stop junk mail” for more ideas! </li></ul>
  3. 4. What is the impact? <ul><li>Save trees - More than 100 million trees are destroyed each year to produce junk mail. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>42% of timber harvested nationwide becomes pulpwood for paper. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Save water - About 28 billion gallons of water are wasted to produce and recycle junk each year. </li></ul><ul><li>Save time - You waste about 70 hours a year dealing with junk mail. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Pack a Waste Free Lunch! <ul><li>Bring your own lunch in reusable containers </li></ul><ul><li>Stash some real silverware in your desk </li></ul><ul><li>Disposable lunches generate 67 pounds of waste per year </li></ul>Savings bonus: $8 / day (4 days * 50 weeks = $1,600 / year) $$ Health bonus: Helps you avoid overeating Warning: “microwave safe” means it's safe for the plastic, not for you!
  5. 6. Eat less meat Perception bonus: Meat is tastier when it is more of a treat Savings bonus: Meat is the most expensive part of most meals Health bonus: Less calories and less saturated fat Warning: Don't skimp on the protein! <ul><li>Try meat free one night a week </li></ul>$$
  6. 7. What is the impact? <ul><li>18% of greenhouse gas emissions come from livestock (more than from transportation) </li></ul><ul><li>70% of previously forested land in the Amazon was cleared to pasture cattle </li></ul><ul><li>Two-thirds (64%) of anthropogenic ammonia emissions come from cattle (major contributor to acid rain and acidification of ecosystems) </li></ul><ul><li>The world’s largest source of water pollution is believed to be from the livestock sector </li></ul>
  7. 8. Use the library Savings bonus: $15 per book (and you don’t have to store it!) $$ <ul><li>Awesome selection of video games, DVDs, and books! </li></ul><ul><li>Renew online, super convent </li></ul><ul><li>San Diego County Library has free audio books online </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://sdcl.org/ </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Use GreenPrint Software Savings: eliminating unwanted pages reduces printing by 17% and saves $100 per user per year <ul><li>Eliminate unwanted pages </li></ul><ul><li>Save to PDF feature </li></ul><ul><li>Find out more at www.printgreener.com </li></ul>$$
  9. 10. <ul><li>Develop a policy at your workplace on buying products with recycled–content. </li></ul><ul><li>Use the guidelines established for government procurement of recycled paper and other products when developing your own purchasing policies. </li></ul><ul><li>Remove clauses from specifications that mandate use of virgin materials only. </li></ul>Buy recycled office supplies Warning: Look for post consumer recycled content. Pre-consumer waste includes paper mill sawdust.
  10. 11. <ul><li>Light exit signs with lower energy bulbs like compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), light emitting diodes (LEDs), neon lighting or electroluminescent lighting technology. </li></ul><ul><li>Replace old fluorescent lighting fixtures using T-12 lamps with T-8 fluorescent lamps for better color, less flickering and 20% less energy use. </li></ul><ul><li>Install occupancy sensors for areas of the office that aren’t used as much (think break room, conference rooms) </li></ul>Green your office lighting
  11. 12. Buy used Savings bonus: 2 - 20% the cost of new items <ul><li>Use maps.google.com to find locate stores </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search term: “thrift stores near [address]” or “consignment shop near [address]” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Freecycle.org </li></ul><ul><li>Craigslist.org </li></ul>Style bonus: Awesome vintage furniture and clothes via consignment and at thrift stores. $$
  12. 13. <ul><li>Join or create a coffee club at work </li></ul><ul><li>Look for Fair Trade Coffee or Shade Grown Coffee </li></ul>Health bonus: Avoid the chemicals leached by styrofoam cups. Savings bonus: $11 / year (3 ¢ / cup) $$ Re-use that mug!
  13. 14. Green your Transportation Savings bonus: save 20% of your transportation cost <ul><li>Find another way to work once a week… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Carpool or Vanpool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Transportation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Trolley, Coaster, Sprinter </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ride a bike </li></ul></ul>Health bonus: Avoid the stress of driving $$
  14. 15. Find a new Route with Google Maps
  15. 16. Bring Your Own Bag <ul><li>Superior capacity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 reusable bag replaces 3 plastic bags </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The average Californian uses 550 plastic bags each year </li></ul><ul><li>Less than 5% of plastic bags are recycled </li></ul>Perception bonus: You're organized Savings bonus: 5 ¢ a bag at some stores $$
  16. 17. Ditch the bottled water habit Savings bonus: At $6 per gallon water costs more than gas! <ul><li>Aquafina and Dasani are filtered tap water </li></ul><ul><li>Less regulated than tap water </li></ul><ul><li>Bottled water produces up to 1.5 million tons of plastic waste and that plastic requires up to 47 million gallons of oil per year to produce </li></ul>Health bonus: Avoid chemicals that can leach from plastic bottles $$
  17. 20. Re-chargeable Batteries Savings bonus: Save $6.18 over 2 years with 120 batteries, then $77.44 saved each year after <ul><li>Best for items you use a lot of batteries in </li></ul><ul><li>Reference: http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2008/04/25/are-rechargeable-batteries-really-cost-effective/ </li></ul>Warning: Check the mA·hr rating. Go for over 3000 mA·hr $$
  18. 21. Attack Vampire Power Savings bonus: Standby power consumes 7 – 25% of a home's electricity <ul><li>Electric power is consumed by many appliances while they are “off” or in a standby mode </li></ul><ul><li>Anything with a constantly running power adapter (think about those black boxes) </li></ul><ul><li>Kill A Watt -> Meter </li></ul>$$
  19. 23. Buy Eco-friendly Shampoo and Conditioner Savings bonus: $30+ Compared to salon brands. (Eco-friendly hair products are $8-12 per bottle) <ul><li>Find out which products have the least toxins at www.cosmeticsdatabase.com </li></ul>Health bonus: Varies from product to product, see www.cosmeticsdatabase.com for details $$
  20. 24. Make your own cleaners Savings bonus: supplies are less than 50 ¢ a bottle one part water + one part vinegar Health bonus: avoid indoor air pollution and chemicals Glass Cleaner = $$
  21. 25. Buy Green Cleaners Health bonus: avoid indoor air pollution and chemicals Warning: terms like 'bio-degradable,' 'natural' and 'eco-friendly' are meaningless (unregulated)
  22. 26. Why avoid chemical cleaners? <ul><li>In 1989, the EPA estimated that the fumes produced by common household cleaners were three times more likely to cause cancer than other air pollutants. </li></ul><ul><li>A study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that exposure to cleaning products accounts for 15% of all asthma cases. </li></ul><ul><li>Many synthetic chemicals act as endocrine disruptors interfering with our bodies' natural hormone systems. </li></ul>
  23. 27. What can you do about it? Use plants!
  24. 28. Nasty Pollutant #1: Formaldehyde <ul><li>Causes watery eyes, nausea, headaches, and difficulty breathing. </li></ul><ul><li>Found in pressed-wood products (think IKEA furniture or new kitchen cabinets), new clothing, plywood, new carpets, some foam insulation, and some household cleaners. </li></ul>
  25. 29. Plants that filter formaldehyde... <ul><li>Peace Lily </li></ul>Mother-In- Law's Tongue Bamboo Palm
  26. 30. Plants that filter formaldehyde... <ul><li>Golden Pathos </li></ul>Dracaena Warneckii Spider Plant
  27. 31. Nasty Pollutant #2: Benzene <ul><li>Causes dizziness, drowsiness, and unconsciousness. </li></ul><ul><li>Long-term exposure causes leukemia, bone marrow problems, and anemia. </li></ul><ul><li>Benzine ranks in the top 20 for most produced chemicals in the US. </li></ul><ul><li>Found in plastics, rubber products, dyes, detergents, pesticides and cigarette smoke, to name a few. </li></ul>
  28. 32. Plants that filter benzine... <ul><li>Pot Mums </li></ul>English Ivy Gerbera Daisies
  29. 33. Plants that filter benzine... <ul><li>Peace Lily </li></ul>Mother-In- Law's Tongue Bamboo Palm
  30. 34. Nasty Pollutant #3: Trichloroethylene (TCE) <ul><li>Causes headaches, poor coordination, dizziness, lung irritation, and difficulty concentrating. </li></ul><ul><li>Long-term exposure can cause nerve, liver, and kidney damage, impact fetal development in pregnant women, and even result in death. </li></ul><ul><li>Found in adhesives, paint removers, and spot removers. </li></ul>
  31. 35. Plants that filter TCE... <ul><li>Peace Lily </li></ul>Marginata Bamboo Palm
  32. 36. Plants that filter TCE... Gerbera Daisy Chrysanthemum
  33. 37. Gift Idea: Experiences <ul><li>Theater Tickets </li></ul><ul><li>Symphony </li></ul><ul><li>Harbor Cruise </li></ul><ul><li>Padres Tickets </li></ul><ul><li>Zoo / Wild Animal Pass </li></ul><ul><li>Kayak Adventure </li></ul><ul><li>Surfing lessons </li></ul><ul><li>National Park Pass (Cabrillo, Joshua Tree) </li></ul>
  34. 38. Green Gifts <ul><li>Plants / Seeds </li></ul><ul><li>Organic Shampoo </li></ul><ul><li>Switch </li></ul><ul><li>Kill-A-Watt Meter </li></ul><ul><li>Time: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Closet cleaning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Home cooked meal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Car Detail </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Recycled plastic Tupperware </li></ul>UberStix Toys
  35. 39. Wrap your gifts creatively <ul><li>Use an old map, the comics, or your kid's artwork (especially for grandparents!) </li></ul><ul><li>Wrap kitchen gifts in a dish towel to add that extra touch </li></ul><ul><li>Try out Furoshiki (cloth gift wrapping) </li></ul>Style bonus: Give your gift a little extra creative zing!
  36. 40. Furoshiki
  37. 41. Style bonus: Real plates and silverware are always a step up Throw a Green Party <ul><li>Digital invites </li></ul><ul><li>Use what you have </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plates, silverware, glassware </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>decorations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cloth Napkins </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on in-season fruits and veggies </li></ul>
  38. 42. Pick one tip today, right now!