Top 10 actions

Download a PDF version of Earth Day Canada’s Top 10 actions to reduce your impact on the environment: PDF English [1 MB PDF],  French [1 MB PDF]


Smart shopping

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Bokeh Burger

Smart shopping

  • Buy what you need, not what you want
  • Consider renting and borrowing things that are seldom needed
  • Buy used items from garage sales and second-hand stores
 
Simple Savers

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Anton Fomkin

Simple savers

  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with LEDs
  • Use aerators on faucets and shower heads
  • Weatherstrip windows and doors
 
Transportation Alternatives

Transportation alternatives

  • Walk, cycle, car pool and use public transportation
  • When driving, reduce idling and maintain correct tire pressure
  • Consider car-sharing programs or renting
 
Food choices

Food choices

  • Choose local and organic foods that are in season, and support local food producers
  • Eat less meat
 
Washing and drying

Washing & drying

  • Wash full loads of clothes in cold water and hang to air dry

Heating and cooling

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somenametoforget (flickr)

Heating and cooling

  • For summer air conditioning, set your thermostat to 24°C or 25°C
  • For winter heating, set your thermostat to 19°C or 20°C
  • Install ceiling fans and programmable thermostats
 
Close to home

Close to home

  • Vacation, travel and work as close to home as possible
 
Bathroom basics

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John Loo

Bathroom basic

  • Take short showers instead of baths
  • Close water taps while brushing your teeth
 
Careful cleaning

Careful cleaning

  • Choose natural, non-toxic cleaning products
  • Make simple, natural cleaners with ingredients like vinegar, baking soda and water
 
Don't discard

Don't discard

  • Donate, reuse and recycle items before throwing them into the trash
  • Harmful materials like chemicals, batteries and electronics should be taken to local hazardous waste depots or recyclers