I work for a program in which I live in a house with 11 teenagers. These youth are so eco-conscious it's amazing. When we go for groceries we take only cloth bags. At the grocery store we try to buy only local or Canadian made and items that don't have a lot of packaging. If the choice is between frozen Canadian or fresh elsewhere we buy Canadian to reduce our carbon footprint. By buying local or as close to local as possible you are able to save the fuel and packaging and issues that deal with a long trip. In the house we recycle everything New Brunswick allows us to recycle. We compost everything – I really mean everything. We have compost buckets in the bathrooms so that hair, fingernail clippings and tissues can all be composted. We also keep a recycling bin in there for the empty toilet paper rolls. While on the subject of the bathroom, to save water, we follow the saying, "If it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down." When we buy cleaning products we buy only biodegradable and eco-friendly products. We even buy the eco-friendly toilet paper. Vinegar is our best friend when it comes to scrubbing the house. It can get rid of any smell and any grime. When it comes to cleaning our vehicle, we use only two buckets of water: one soapy and one for rinsing. None of these are big issues. They are all small in their own right, but each little bit helps to lessen humans' ecological footprint on this earth and I am proud to say that these teens have got it right!
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