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Household Tips

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Household Tips

Resource-efficient front-loading washers can save you more than $100 per year.

Being an EcoConsumer includes using household products and services that are easy on the environment. Here is a list of links to help you green your household:

Alternatives to hazardous household products

http://www.govlink.org/hazwaste/house/alternatives/
From the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County.

Compact fluorescent light bulbs

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=cfls.pr_cfls (external)

Composting

http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/composting-soils/index.asp

Electronics recycling listings - Take It Back Network

http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/takeitback/electronics

Energy Star resources for energy-efficient appliances

http://www.energystar.gov (external)

Fluorescent Bulb & Tube Recyclers - Take It Back Network

http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/takeitback/fluorescent

Green home remodeling

http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/greenbuilding/resources/remodelingguides/default.asp (external)

Green Guide to Recycling Appliances and Electronics

http://www.partselect.com/JustForFun/Guide-to-Recycling-Appliances-and-Electronics.aspx (external)

Guide to Less Toxic Products

http://www.lesstoxicguide.ca/ (external)
From the Environmental Health Association of Nova Scotia.

Junk mail reduction

http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/wasteprevention/junkmail.asp

King County Wastemobile schedule - Household hazardous waste collection

http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/facilities/schedule.asp?PID=26

Native plant resources for the Pacific Northwest

http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/stewardship/nw-yard-and-garden/native-plant-resources-nw.aspx

Native Plant Salvage

http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/stewardship/volunteer/plant-salvage-program.aspx

Natural Yard Care

http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/naturalyardcare/index.asp

Phone book opt-out

http://www.yellowpagesoptout.com (external)

Rain barrels

http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/stewardship/nw-yard-and-garden/rain-barrels.aspx

Recycling 101

http://earth911.com/recycling (external)

Shoe repair

http://www.ssia.info/consumers/ (external)

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Green Lifestyle Resources

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Green Lifestyle Resources

Compact fluorescent bulbs use 66 percent less energy and last 6-10 times longer.

Looking for more information on the environmental and social impacts of the products you buy and use? Link to information on making more informed purchases that benefit your health and the environment below.

Built Green

http://www.builtgreen.net (external)
From King County, Snohomish County and the Master Builders Association.

Center for a New American Dream

http://www.newdream.org (external)

Climate Change – King County’s Response

http://www.kingcounty.gov/climate (external)

FuelEconomy.gov

http://www.fueleconomy.gov (external)
From the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Greener Choices - Products for a Better Planet

http://www.greenerchoices.org (external)
From Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports magazine.

Green Holidays

http://www.kcgreenholidays.com/

Green Living Toolkit

http://www.nrdc.org/greenliving/toolkit.asp (external)
From the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Good Stuff? A Behind-the-Scenes Guide to the Things We Buy

http://www.worldwatch.org/bookstore/publication/good-stuff-behind-scenes-guide-things-we-buy (external)
From the Worldwatch Institute.

King County EnviroStars program

http://www.envirostars.com

King County Green Building Program

http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/greenbuilding/index.asp

King County LinkUp program - Companies that produce recycled products

http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/linkup/partners

Recycled-Content Product Directory

http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/RCP/ (external)
From California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).

Reduce Waste - If Not You, Who?

http://www.reduce.org (external)
From the Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance.

The Story of Stuff

http://www.storyofstuff.com/ (external)
20-minute video about consumption by Annie Leonard

Sustainable Style Foundation

http://www.sustainablestyle.org (external)
Resources and blog from this Seattle-based non-profit.

TreeHugger environmental web magazine

http://www.treehugger.com/ (external)
From TreeHugger, New York, NY

Waste prevention tips

http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/wasteprevention/tips.asp

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Reuse Web Sites

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Reuse websites

Thrift stores and reuse websites help reduce waste and save you money.

There are a host of websites were individuals can sell, trade, or give away their useable products online. Purchase used products and give perfectly good items a second life! Check out the links below.

Craigslist

http://seattle.craigslist.org/ (external)
Provides local classifieds and forums for jobs, housing, for sale, personals, services, local community, and events.

Freecycle

http://www.freecycle.org/ (external)
An email list where people give away things that they no longer need for free.

Reuse Links and Resources

http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/reuse/Links/Default.htm (external)
A compilation of reuse links and resources available nationally.

Swapstyle.com

http://www.swapstyle.com (external)
An online fashion swap party where you can swap, sell and buy fashion, accessories, cosmetics, shoes and lots more with people from all around the world at any time, day or night.

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Updated: Dec. 24, 2013


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