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Green Challenge #5

Date: 
Wed, 04/24/2013

Try composting as a way to use your kitchen and yard waste to benefit your garden. Not sure how to get started? Check out these composting resources at the library.

Green Challenge #4

Date: 
Wed, 04/17/2013

Reduce Plastic Waste

Plastic Bags:
The library has started recycling newspaper bags. You can do the same by bringing yours to the Bag2Bag recycling bin at Sunset or another participating store. They also accept dry cleaning bags and other plastic bags and some shrink wraps. See the Bag2Bag site for more information on what they recycle.

Green Challenge #3

Date: 
Thu, 04/11/2013

Reduce Paper Waste

Pay your bills online and switch to paperless statements.

Register at www.catalogchoice.org and www.dmachoice.org to stop getting catalogs and junk mail you don’t want.

Think before printing. Set your printer default to double-sided and use Print Preview to print only the pages you need. Save files on your computer instead of printing them for your records.

Green Challenge #2

Date: 
Wed, 04/03/2013

Go Green at the Grocer

Buy in bulk to reduce packaging waste.

Concentrated detergents save on plastics and water.

A carrot typically travels 1,838 miles to reach your table. Shop at your local farmer’s market in season, or check for signs in your grocery store indicating locally grown and made foods.

Buying organic produce helps reduce pesticides and groundwater contamination.

Join Our Green Challenge

Date: 
Thu, 03/28/2013

Saving Energy:

Between 5% and 20% of your home electric bill comes from vampire electric use--the energy used by appliances when turned off. Unplug small appliances and chargers when not in use.

 

Check out the Kill-a-Watt meter from the Multimedia Department to see which of your appliances are using the most energy.

 

Northbrook Library Goes Green

Date: 
Mon, 01/28/2013

Since the formation of the library's Green Team, we have accomplished a number of goals to make the library a greener, more environmentally friendly place:

Green Holiday Guide

Date: 
Thu, 12/06/2012

Follow these links to have a Green Holiday Season!

Ten Ways to Green Your Holidays

Gift Ideas:

Green Gifts and More Green Gifts

For the Music Lover: Guitar String Jewelry