datmlechick asked in EnvironmentGreen Living · 1 decade ago

What can I do as a teenager to be more "green"?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Start with school supplies, don't just empty your backpack into the garbage at the end of the year. Reuse you binders, use partial notebooks for notes or other purposes. Locate all your office/school supplies in one place so you don't have to buy things you already have. Buy a plain backpack so you can use it for several years, you can decorate it with pins or key chains if you want to embelish. Use both sides of paper, print only the pages you need. When you need to purchase supplies look for recycled content, an non chlorine bleach paper.

    Eat less meat, and more local, organic in season produce. Help make meals at home so you don't need to purchase so many packaged or take out meals. Pack a waste free lunch.

    Buy fewer clothes and look for organic cotton or other natural materials. Donate used clothes instead of tossing them in the garbage. You can also organize a clothing swap so you can change your wardrobe without spending any money.

    Conserve energy, many teens have several electronics and many use energy even when they are off. Plug everything into a power strip so you can shut everything off when you leave the house or go to sleep.

    Walk or ride a bike to school, friends houses, practice the mall etc. If you have to have a parent drive you to or from school arrive 15 minutes early and ask them to pick you up 15 minutes later, that will reduce the amount of time they have to wait with the engine running.

    Over the summer read "The Green BooK" this will give you many more ideas of little things you can do to help the planet, save money and improve your health.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Start by throwing your cell phone in an electronic recycling container. Next get your lard butt from in front of your computer and bicycle yourself to school. Before you leave take the electricity grubbing computer and its peripherals and toss them wherever your phone is going. Get a job. Get a real job where you can learn about the real world. Only by knowing the real issues in the real world can you make good decisions on what needs to be done to save the earth or if in fact it even needs saving. But the biggest thing you can do to be more "green" is to require your teachers to fill your head with something besides liberal slop so you can make good decisions for the world which you will inherit - and all the debt that goes along with it.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Use CFL light bulbs, recycle. Try to buy products that use minimum packaging. Buy locally.

    Be careful of products claiming to be "green" though. There is a lot of false advertising.

    The main thing is to cut down your energy use. Turn off your computer, the lights. Turn down the air conditioning or heat when your family is at school/work, etc.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You could start with something a simply as start using a coffee mug instead of those plastic cups when you get coffee. Also get some reuse-able bags. there are so many things that you can do. Try searching on google.

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  • Plant more trees in order to absorb floods,and some global crisis..It may help us a lot because it produce the oxygen that we need in order to live..

    Take a walk if your destination is near and it is good in your health.

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  • 1 decade ago

    reduce reuse and recycle!

    The Sky's the limit...... You could start by Skipping the plastic bags and buy a "green" one.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Buying organic foods because it isn't grown with pesticides. Recycling as much as possible.Turnoff the lights, computer, t.v, etc. when tou are done using it. Unplug the toaster when you are done using it.

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