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SMART GUIDE

Bathroom
11. Wipe wisely. The world kills
27,000 trees per day-nearly
9 million per year-just to make
toilet paper. The United States
consumes more toilet tissue per
capita than any other country.
Recycled papers that rate well for
their eco-merits include Seventh
Generation and the Whole Foods
and Trader Joe's brands.

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10. Rethink your diet. Eating plants
is easier on the planet than eating
animals. Producing a pound of beef
generates more greenhouse gases
than burning a gallon of gas in your
car. If Americans cut their con-

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sumption of animal products by
half, the food industry's water use
would decrease by 37 percent.
Planning meatless Mondays is an
easy way to start.

LEFT: THAMKC / SHUTTERSTOCK; RIGHT: FUNNY SOLUTION STUDIO / SHUTTERSTOCK

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Clean green. Many commercial cleaning products contain toxins-bleach,
petroleum distillates, phosphates, and
more-that can hurt the environment
when you pour them down the drain.
Try a natural solution instead: One part
vinegar to three parts water makes
an effective all-purpose cleaning spray.
Or look for biofriendly alternatives.
Trustworthy brands include Clorox's
Green Works, Dr. Bronner's, Method,
Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day, and Seventh
Generation. Be sure to recycle the
plastic bottles when they're empty.

Don't be a drip. Living in the
drought-prone West means it's
extra crucial to treat the region's
fluid resources with care. To save
water in the bathroom, install
aerators on your sink faucets and
swap your old showerheads for
low-flow models. Turn off the tap
while you're brushing your teeth
or shaving: This alone can save
3,000 gallons annually. And take
shorter showers; use a timer to
keep yourself honest.



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