How You Can Help

  • Start Recycling- Start at home to recycle all your soda cans, plastic bottles, old magazines and newspapers. Recycle bins can be requested from your city free of charge. In Orlando, you can request your free recycling bin athttp://www.cityoforlando.net/public
  • Go Green, save green - check out Suze Orman, internationally acclaimed personal finance expert's website on ways to save green at http://www.suzeorman.com/ for expert advice.
  • Shop Green, wear  green - check out green fashion made with eco-friendly material at http://www.ecofashionworld.com/ To clarify what is eco-fashion, the materials and way it is made should be done conscious of the environment. For more information, check out http://www.blankstyle.com/articles/sustainable-fashion-and-clothing
  • Turn off your computer when not in use - Start saving energy by shutting off your computer when not in use. If you have a laptop, even better, they conserve less energy - don’t use it plugged in if it has enough battery.
  • Take Your Own Shopping Bag -  Get a economical 100% non-woven bag!There are many of them available in trendy and beautiful designs.  Or just reduce the bags you take - do self-checkout and try to reduce to one bag instead of 3 (many clerks put one thing in a bag and even double-bag), or if you’re buying one item just don’t take a bag.
  • Travel Green -Do not use the one-time luggage tag from the airline! Use your own reusable luggage tag.There are many great designs (For example: http://www.heypoodle.com/ has a reusable cardboard luggage tag for $3.00. Afterall, it is a lot easier to spot your luggage if you have a special tag on it!
  • Donate your used items - There are many charitable organizations out there that need your help. Example- you can donate your old jeans to Pageant Pants http://www.hopetolive.com/ and your old prom dress to Caitlin's closethttp://www.caitlinscloset.org/ or career clothes to Dress for Success to help less fortunate women to get back into the work forcehttp://www.dressforsuccess.org/orlando or just check with your local charities for items needed. In this case, your items will be loved twice!
  • Always turn off the Lights after used- Turn off your lights! You may think it is not significant if you are leaving it on for just a few minutes but all the "few minutes" add up to hours and you are wasting a lot of energy. Afterall, your parent will appreciate your help in cutting the electric bill.
  • Time Your Shower - Put a radio in the bathroom and limit yourself to one song. You will be saving lots of water. Also, turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
  • Use natural or energy-efficient Light! - Swapping out the bulbs for CFL bulbs. Also, if you have windows in your room, use natural light whenever possible.
  • Unplugged - Looking around and unplug all appliances that are not in use. Items that are turned off are still drawing energy.
  • Create Less Waste - Start paying attention to what you’re throwing away - you’ll easily become more aware and find ways to reduce in your own life by doing this. One example, when you’re done washing your hands in a public restroom and they have a choice between using a paper towel or a hand dryer, go for the hand dryer.
  • Greener Lunch - If you pack your own lunch for work/school, start using Tupperware instead of disposable plastic baggies. Also look for a lunchbox instead of paper bags.
  • Water - Drinking water is essential for our health but disposable bottles are harmful to the environment so buy a reusable water bottle instead.
  • Reduce Packaging - Pay attention when you’re shopping to how much packaging (ie trash) is on an item. Buy your next album online, such as through iTunes, you will have less packaging and no gas to drive to the store, and no shipping packaging/energy wasted. Besides, we all just transfer it to our iPods anyway, why not streamline the process.
  • Ride Your Bike or Just Walk! - I know bikes are seen as for the “uncool” kids who don’t have cars- but start a revolution and get your friends all riding their bikes again (just as we did before we could drive!). Start riding your bike or walking to your friends house instead of driving.
  • Carpool - To school, parties, church, etc. start carpooling with friends (if you live close, it’s pointless if they live across town, they’d just be mooching a ride!). Also, if you live in a big enough city, try taking the bus to the mall one day - it’s really not that bad!
  • No Disposables - When you’re grabbing something to eat at home, even if you have the option of a paper plate, go for the real one. You may not be able to convince your family to switch - but you’re leading by example.
  • Ebay or Thrift Shop - Start buying your clothes at ebay or thrift stores. Really, it’s not that bad. If you go regularly to get the best deals, you can dress really well! I’ve gotten many great deals on name brand clothes. Even prom dresses can be found second-hand.
  • Educate Yourself and those around you- Don’t think that your parents or others are not willing to make these changes, tell them in different approaches, for example, cutting the electric bill. Don't sweat to try to do these overnight though, it is a gradual process. If you start slow it will just become habit, a lifestyle - you won’t even realize you’re doing it anymore. Check-out books from the library or search the internet, and just start paying attention to your life and what you do - “greener” things will become apparent the more aware you are. More ideas on go green (Green Works Orlando) can also be found athttp://cityoforlando.net/elected/greenworks/index.htmndex.htm and there are very good source of educational material for little kids at http://www.biggreenhelp.nickjr.com/
  • Support them - Please check out the following site and support their events as we are all here for the same purpose of protecting our environment. 
  • http://www.ecofactory.com/ Sell eco-friendly products
  • http://www.disney.com/nature%20 Educational literature for children to understand & protect our nature
  • http://www.eco-action.net/ Weekly Lake clean up
  • http://www.sprecyclingflorida.com/ Paper-recycling program pay $20 per ton of used paper to your organization
  • http://www.giveakidabackpack.org/ Collect donations for used backpacks & school supplies for less fortunate
  • http://www.cleantheworldfoundation.org/  Remanufacture leftover soap & shampoo to new soap to help underdevelop countries to prevent diseases transmitted by lack of proper hand washing
  • http://www.gogreendaytona.com/ City of Daytona's go green group, promoting "Green" business and more
  • http://charityloveinc.bbnow.org/index.php Local paper recycling