Republic Sustainability Tips


Sustainability Tips

  • Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot.
  • Stop using disposal bags and use reusable bags instead.
  • Turn off your computer completely at night.
  • Pay as many bills as possible online.
  • Reuse scrap paper.
  • Fix leaky faucets.
  • Line dry your laundry.
  • Collect rainwater and use it to water your garden and household plants.
  • Limit showers to five minutes.
  • Reuse glass jars as leftover containers and bulk storage.
  • Use cloth napkins daily instead of paper.
  • Lower the temperature on your hot water heater.
  • Put a stop to unsolicited mail.
  • Replace old drafty windows with new ones that have low emissive or insulated glass.
  • Check all of your doors and windows to see that they are properly fitted and that there is no missing stripping.
  • Cover all foods and liquids in your refrigerator and freezer to help avoid compressor overload.
  • Unplug all small appliances when they are not in use.
  • Replace old showerheads with new ones or use flow restrictors.
  • Replace old light bulbs in your home with new energy efficient ones.

How Recycling Saves

Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to keep a 100-watt bulb burning for nearly four hours.

Recycling one ton of glass saves about nine gallons of fuel oil.

Steel makers rely on recycled steel scrap to produce new, high quality steel products.

50% of newsprint published is recovered saving forest trees.

Recycling plastic into new products saves 50% in energy used to make the same product from new material.

Recycling Tidbits

Aluminum cans recycled today are back on the shelf in about six weeks. 33 cans will give you about one pound to recycle.

One pound of glass can be recycled into one pound of new glass.

Another alternative to recycling newspaper is to shred for animal bedding.

Recycled corrugated boxes are used to make new corrugated and paperboard containers.

Recycled office paper is used to make toilet paper, tissues, and paper towels.

The average household will set out about 15 pounds of plastic per person each year.

Recycling Tips - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

1. Reduce

1. Buy permanent items instead of disposables.

2. Buy and use only what you need.

3. Buy products with less packaging.

4. Buy products that use fewer toxic chemicals.

2. Reuse

1. Bring reusable bags when shopping.

2. Repair items as much as possible.

3. Use durable coffee mugs.

4. Use cloth napkins or towels.

5. Use empty jars to hold leftover food.

6. Reuse boxes.

7. Purchase refillable pens and pencils.

8. Participate in a paint collection and reuse program and dispose of household hazardous wastes responsibly.

9. Donate extra items to people you know or to charity instead of throwing them away.

3. Recycle

1. Recycle paper (printer paper, newspapers, mail, etc.), plastic, glass bottles, cardboard, and aluminum cans. If your community doesn’t collect at the curb, take them to a collection center.

2. Recycle electronics. See more information in our Electronic Waste section.

3. Recycle used motor oil.

4. Compost food scraps, grass and other yard clippings, and dead plants.

  • Turn off lights when not in use
  • Close drapes on sunny days
  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Do without if you can (print only if you need to, buy items only when needed)
  • Repair rather than re-purchase
  • Buy in bulk to reduce packaging
  • Print on both sides of paper
  • Recycle at work and home
  • Combine your errands into fewer trips
  • Carpool or use public transportation when possible and reasonable
  • Keep up with basic car maintenance
  • Avoid rapid accelerating
  • Turn off your car when you are waiting for someone
  • Maintain as steady of a speed as possible (rather than gunning it when the light turns green and waiting until the last second to slow down for a stop)
  • Landscape with plants that can survive with natural rainfall
  • Water at dusk, dawn or over night, rather than mid-day when your efforts will evaporate
  • Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when full & save up to 1,000 gallons a month
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk