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Green Choices Are The Right Choices

2012 April 19

By Lina Younes

Environmental protection takes hard work. Doing the right thing for your environment and your health involves tough choices. Whether you want to save water, save energy, protect natural resources, reduce toxic chemicals, all these actions involve making a choice between a greener option or a less environmentally friendly option. Let me explain.

The greenest option is not always the easiest. For example, you want to save water? You can’t let the water faucet run without end. You can’t take a shower mindlessly. Want some suggestions for water conservation?  Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing your teeth. Take showers instead of baths and the shorter the better.

Over the years, many of us have gotten used to recycling used bottles and cans. However, reducing waste from the outset involves a greater effort. What can you save today? For example, instead of using disposable plastic bags for saving food, save leftovers in reusable durable containers. Look for products that have less packaging. These are some suggestions on how to make greener choices for the environment.

Want additional suggestions on how you can help protect natural resources like water, air, land, and energy? Please visit our Website.  The choices may seem simple, but there is no doubt that they require a conscious decision if you want to incorporate these actions into your daily lifestyle. Doing so will go a long way to having a healthier environment. What have you done for the environment lately? We would love to hear from you.

About the author: Lina Younes is the Multilingual Outreach and Communications Liaison for EPA. Among her duties, she’s responsible for outreach to Hispanic organizations and media. She spearheaded the team that recently launched EPA’s new Spanish website, www.epa.gov/espanol . She manages EPA’s social media efforts in Spanish. She’s currently the editor of EPA’s new Spanish blog, Conversando acerca de nuestro medio ambiente. Prior to joining the agency, she was the Washington bureau chief for two Puerto Rican newspapers and an international radio broadcaster. She has held other positions in and out of the Federal Government.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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  1. Jasmine permalink
    April 19, 2012

    I do find it difficult at times to make “green” decisions. When I moved to DC for my internship I had to purchase a lot of new items for my apartment. I had to make the decision to not buy bottled water, but instead drink filtered water from a Brita filter. I also bought an aluminum canteen to carry beverages to work in. Some things that are still difficult to remember is reducing waste. I notice that our apartment uses a lot of paper towels for cleaning spills and household chores. We all know we should use dish towels more often and refrain from purchasing paper towels, but it is difficult to remember. We do have two recycling bins in our apartment for co-mingle and paper. Also the bins are right next to the trash can, sometimes out of habit I find myself throwing a recyclable into the trashcan without thought. I never recycled growing up so I have to actively remember to recycle items in the appropriate bin. Having a green lifestyle is a process, but each day it gets a bit easier to make “greener” choices.

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