10 Easy Ways to Be More Sustainable

Tacos are involved.


10 Easy Ways to Be More Sustainable at Work and Home

Tacos are involved.

Rules for what can and can't be recycled vary by local county or municipality, says Woodruff. Even worse, items like the above can contaminate an entire load of recycling and destine the whole thing to a landfill. To find out what's acceptable, contact your municipality or contract hauler (read the name on the truck curbside and check their site for details). For more local recycling options, go to

The best time to run your (full) dishwasher is late-night."Electricity is cheapest when there's less load on the grid," says Woodruff. During peak hours, when electricity is in high demand, companies supplement by switching on the dirtiest, least-efficient power stations."Doing dishes at night actually lowers your carbon emissions," he says. That, plus its soothing, white noise hum, should lull you to sleep easily.

Some workplaces delight in blasting freezing AC all summer long. When office temps match the inside of a mini-fridge, we're forced to bundle up in the frumpy cardigans that live on the backs of our office chairs—not a good look for anyone.

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