The United States is a wonderful country that’s rich in many diverse resources, but there are often environmental challenges that tag along for the ride. Water quality and water scarcity are major challenges these days. It’s improving in certain areas due to increased efforts. For example, here in Texas, Take Care of Texas is a statewide campaign that encourages Texans to make simple lifestyle and habit changes that will improve the environment. After coming out of a major drought the past couple of years, we can see how important it is that we conserve water.
The Take Care of Texas campaign web site provides lots of tips and information that can prepare you to do your part no matter where you live, so see below for some great water saving ideas:
Cut down on yard watering—do it only as needed and no more than once a week Collect rainwater for landscape use—it can save you a lot of money Cut the amount of faucet water used in half by simply installing aerators Toilet and faucet leaks can waste TONS of water each year—get them fixed! Replace old toilets with more water-efficient models to save up to 4,000 gallons of water a year Reduce water consumption by 25 to 60 percent by installing water-efficient plumbing fixtures Wait to do laundry until you have full loads—it can save more than 3,400 gallons of water a year
Here at Southwest, to conserve water we are using new irrigation techniques at our Headquarters and instituting a green dry cleaning process for our new Evolve interior. Last year, we also began a native landscaping initiative at Headquarters to decrease the amount of water we consume from landscaping and are utilizing other methods of water conservation such as rezoning our sprinkler system and using decomposed granite as a grass substitute. You can read more about our energy and resource conservation efforts in the 2011 Southwest Airlines One Report™. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and try some of these simple, yet impactful ways you can make a difference in your house and your community! Whether it’s something small or big, there’s always something you can do to make a difference. Have another great way to conserve water or use resources wisely? Let us know by e-mailing email@example.com or by commenting below. DING! You are now free to be Green.
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Southwest just celebrated its 41 st birthday, and it's a day that brings to mind all the success this Company has achieved, the millions of Customers we’ve had the pleasure of serving, and the thousands of Employees who affectionately call this place their second home and Family. As a Southwest Intern, I have the opportunity to walk through these doors every day and know that I’m part of something bigger—a Company that makes decisions from the heart and has for four decades. During the past 41 rewarding years, Southwest has been committed to the triple bottom line of Performance, People, and Planet. We know that environmental decisions make good business sense and going Green can also save green! You can go Green by taking small steps in your own home, because there are many creative ways you can not only recycle, but better yet, reuse items you have lying around your house. Recycling is great, but reusing an item you already have requires no throwing away at all! Here are some great ideas of ways you can reuse typical household items from the web site http://www.squidoo.com/reuse-everything.
Need a new notepad? Cut used pieces of paper into scrap pieces and, voila!, you have a homemade notepad. Coffee drinker? Place your used coffee grinds right into your garden or soil for beautiful blooms. Leftover overload? Clean used margarine and butter tubs and use as food containers. Out of cleaning rags? Use old pillow covers as household rags and old curtains as rags for your car. Looking for a new board game? Make your own checker set with used bottle caps as the playing pieces. Green thumb? Crush old seafood shells to use as decoration in your garden or backyard. Have an old keyboard you’re not using? You can plant seeds in it and use it as a seedling starter!
So go ahead and try some of these earth-friendly ideas in your home today and look for other ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle in your day-to-day life.
Have another great idea for reusing old items? Let us know by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by commenting below.
DING! You are now free to be Green.
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