Indiana is a diverse state. It is a beautiful state too. We all like to enjoy Indiana by swimming, riding our bikes, and playing outside. If we want to keep enjoying Indiana, we need to make smart choices every day to protect our environment. Here are some good choices to help you start:
- Turn off the faucet when you brush your teeth.
- Take shorter showers.
- Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
- Turn off the TV and the computer when not using them.
- Recycle cans, plastic bottles, and other empty containers.
- Choose a lunch box you can use every day, and pack lunches with reusable containers.
- Use both sides of a piece of paper.
- Turn off all computers at the end of the day.
- Recycle your paper — don’t throw it away!
- Buy school supplies made out of recycled materials.
In the Yard
- Pick up pet poop with gloved hands and place in trash.
- Start a family compost pile.
- Don’t dump things down the storm drain.
- Help your family use plants that are native in Indiana.
- Help your family place and adjust the sprinkler so you are watering the plants and not the street.
- Help you family use fertilizers according to directions and try to use zero phosphorus fertilizers.
In Your Community
- Walk, ride your bike, carpool, or ride the bus.
- Share or donate toys, games, books, and clothes you don’t need any more.
- Check out books from the library or buy used books.
- Don’t litter.
- Paper-board boxes, like cereal and shoe boxes, are made from almost 100 percent recycled materials.
- More than 2 million tons of used electronics are buried in landfills each year.
- One recycled aluminum can saves enough energy to run a 100-watt light bulb or a TV for 3 hours.
- Each ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees.
- One gallon of oil can contaminate up to one million gallons of drinking water.
- Recycling 10,000 tons of waste creates 36 jobs.
- Motor oil never wears out; it can be recycled over and over again