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Highland Heights Green Task Force

Highland Heights Green Task Force - Serving the Greater Hillcrest Communities & Beyond

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Living Green

Tips on Living Green

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Here are our favorite tips to live cleaner and help keep our community and our planet healthy.Think globally; act locally!


The campaign for 2022 is “Climate Change and What We Can Do”

Cleaning: Effective Homemade Solutions

Laundry

  • Use 1/2 cup of vinegar in your rinse cycle instead of fabric softener
  • Use more eco-friendly detergents. Look for labels that indicate a product is readily biodegradable and phosphate-free, and made from plant
  • and vegetable-based ingredients
  • Do not use mothballs, use lavender in your closets instead
  • Driving

  • Find a friend or co-worker to carpool with
  • Ride your bike or walk
  • Use public transportation. Consider using RTA's Park and Ride Program
  • Purchase items in bulk, or plan out your meals ahead of time and go grocery shopping only once per week
  • Park under a tree or garage so that your car doesn't heat up too much, reducing the need for excess air conditioning
  • Do not store too many items in your trunk, the excess weight may require more gas
  • Keep tires properly inflated
  • Home Renovation

    • Do not paint a baby’s room right before the due-date. Renovate the room early so that it has enough time to off gas before the space is occupied. Use low or no-VOC paint
    • Install appliances that have the Energy Star Label
    • Install plumbing fixtures that have the WaterSense Label
    • Use wood products that are Forest Stewardship Council (FCS) Certified
    • Purchase local materials
    • Purchase materials that contain post or pre-consumer recycled materials

    Indoor Air Quality

    • Do not use chemical air fresheners. Most are made from a number of toxic chemicals. Instead, make your own. One way to do it is to soak fresh lavender in vodka. Strain out the lavender and put the liquid in a spray bottle. You can also use spices, fruits, etc.
    • If you are painting/staining in your home, use a no or low-VOC product. Most manufactures offer these types of products, so make sure to look at the label before you purchase
    • Open windows when weather permits to "air out" your home

    Reducing Trash

    • Purchase products that are made of pre/post consumer recycled materials
    • Purchase products that have the least amount of packaging
    • Purchase durable items that are expected last a long time
    • Attempt to fix broken items before disposing them
    • Purchase used items
    • Compost food scraps and yard waste
    • Donate gently used items http://cuyahogarecycles.org/pass_it_on_book
    • For general recycling questions contact:https://cuyahogarecycles.org/
    • Be creative and think of ways to reuse old items