Green Living This Summer

Here are just a few tips to go green this summer:

Are you a gardener? Practice integrated pest management (IPM) to reduce unwanted pests by using natural predators and prevention techniques. Not only is IPM the most economical pest management option, but it poses the least hazard to people, property and the environment.

Small changes in the kitchen go a long way. Consider using washcloths and cloth napkins instead of paper towels or paper napkins to reduce waste.

The average American school-age child throws away 67 pounds of lunch packaging a year.  Add the number of adults who bring their lunch to work, and that number rises even higher.  Reduce lunchtime waste by using reusable lunchboxes, water bottles and food containers.

If you know you’re stopping by your coffee shop of choice, bring a favorite travel mug to avoid creating waste.

Get smart about cleaning your clothes! Run the washing machine only when it’s full and during non-peak hours, and consider hanging your clothes to dry on a rack or line. You’ll love the smell of fresh air on your clothes.

About the author: Deborah is the President and CEO of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago’s “urban gateway to nature and science.”