Our everyday actions and choices make a difference to the planet. Go Green Wilmette hopes to inspire everyone to start making a difference today.
The WHAT CAN I DO section of our web site is full of environmental tips on the following topics:
- AT HOME – Tips on recycling & waste, energy conservation, food issues, water conservation, landscaping and more. Check out our local Recycling Guide.
- IN OUR COMMUNITY – Tips on how to get involved in the efforts of our Village, schools, library and Park District to become a more sustainable community.
- AT WORK – Tips that can be followed at any office or company.
- GETTING AROUND – Tips on green car choices and driving habits, bicycling and bike sharing and using public transportation.
- GET INVOLVED – Volunteer opportunities with Go Green Wilmette.
- GET INFORMED – Links to many of our favorite news sources and selected websites.
RETHINK. REFUSE. REDUCE. REUSE. RECYCLE
We know about the “reduce, reuse, recycle” guidelines. It’s important to “rethink” and “refuse,” as well. Rethinking the way we live our everyday lives and refusing to do things that are harmful to our earth are the first steps. Then, reducing how much we consume, reusing items whenever possible and recycling products we can no longer use are the next steps to preserving our earth for future generations.
- Rethink how you live, get around and shop.
- Consider the environmental impact of all of your daily actions and resolve to make choices that are better for the earth. What’s good for the earth is good for the earthlings.
- Think about whether products you buy can be reused or recycled, or how they will be disposed of.
- Ask yourself if the item is made sustainably or if your purchase harms the earth.
- Think twice before purchasing and using single-use products like plastic bags, take-away containers, or plastic tableware.
- Don’t use products that are harmful to the earth. Chances are they are harmful to you as well.
- Don’t settle for “business as usual.” We need a new way of doing things.
- Always consider whether you really need an item before you purchase it.
- Ask yourself if you can use less of any product or resource – gas, electricity, water, paper, personal care products or consumer goods.
- Reduce food waste with careful shopping and composting.
- Pay attention to the way items are packaged and try to purchase items that are packaged in an earth friendly manner.
- Always consider creative or alternative ways to use a product that might otherwise be thrown out or recycled.
- Use reusable shopping bags, reusabhttp://www.gogreenwilmette.org/wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=pagele produce bags and refuse a bag when you only have a few items that you can easily carry.
- Repair or refurbish items rather than discarding and replacing them.
- Use the recycling toters provided by your local village. In Wilmette, order a larger or second toter if needed.
- Know what can be recycled in your community. Wilmette residents can learn more here. Most village websites list what materials are recyclable.
- Look for ways you can help your friends, relatives, groups, church, temple or club recycle. Ask restaurants and stores that you patronize if they recycle and let them know it is important to you.
- Use the Recycling Guide, take advantage of recycling drives and compost your kitchen and garden waste.