1. Reduce toxicity
Look at the cleaning products in your home. Look for the words caution, warning, danger, or poison on a products label. These “signal words” indicate a degree or hazard level. Limit the number of products you use by opting for multi-purpose cleaners. Making your own products is another great way to reduce toxins found in your home.
2. Limit backyard fires
Burning wood can impact your health. Even an outdoor fire can affect the indoor air quality in your home. Be a good neighbor and consider those living around you. Learn more about the health effects of wood smoke.
3. Kick gas
Nearly half of our air pollution comes from vehicles. So one of the greatest contributions we can all make to improving air quality is to use alternatives to driving a car. Try walking, biking, or taking public transit. It’s better for your health and for the environment. Find out more on MPCA's Bus, bike, walk webpage.
4. Lead-free fishing
Lead is a toxic metal that has adverse effects on the nervous and reproductive systems of mammals and birds. Commonly found in most fishing jigs and sinkers, this metal is poisoning wildlife such as loons and eagles. Instead, use sinkers and jigs made from non-poisonous materials. Find out more on MPCA's Nontoxic tackle: Let's get the lead out webpage.
5. Water wisely
Conserve Minnesota's limited freshwater resources by using efficient watering methods this summer. Replace grass with native plants that require less water and maintenance. When you do water, follow these tips.
6. Repair, not replace
Instead of trashing old household items, get them fixed. Hennepin County and Ramsey County host fix-it clinics for residents to get items fixed for free and learn valuable repair skills. Look for something in your community!
7. Recycle, then buy recycled
You already know that recycling keeps materials from going to waste in landfills or incinerators. When you recycle those materials are turned into other useful materials. For example, plastic milk jugs, shampoo, and detergent bottles are turned into lumber that can be used to make decks and outdoor furniture. Learn more about the hundreds of Minnesota businesses that make products from recycled materials.