Get hip to four “R”s of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenScapes program: Reduce, Recycle, Reuse and Rebuy.
You want to reduce your output of waste to ensure you’re using materials efficiently. Reusing compost and tree clippings for mulch, or rainwater for watering take up little time and energy, but offer plenty of environmental bang for your buck.
Recycling saves resources, while rebuying means seeking products that meet your needs, but are more environmentally friendly than your usual purchases–take, for instance, solar outdoor lighting versus electric-powered fixtures.
1500 lbs: the amount of garbage the average person throws out each year, according to Mark Harris, the author of Embracing the Earth (Noble Press, 1990). Expect to haul only 375 pounds of trash to the curb annually if you compost. (link to our compost)
40 million: acres of lawn exist in the United States, and are the single most irrigated crop, according to NASA. Don’t forget to weigh in the fact that it takes 238 gallons of fresh, usually drinking-quality water per person, per day, to keep our lawns pert and verdant.