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Breakfast Thursday, 29 August, 2002, 05:58 GMT 06:58 UK
20 ways that you can save the planet
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Scavengers at a dumpsite in Manila
How much are YOU doing to save energy and conserve the earth's resources? A little effort can make a big difference.

Environmentalists talk about the three 'Rs': Reduce, reuse,recycle. Read on for Breakfast's top 20 tips on saving the planet.

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Squatters in Soweto drink from a communal tap

  • 1. Drink tap or filtered water instead of buying expensive bottles


  • 2. Use heavy curtains not blinds in winter. These help to conserve heat and save money
  • 3. Take a shower instead of a bath to save water
  • 4. Walk to work - you'll get fit and save fuel
  • 5. Set up a car-share scheme and give colleagues a lift
  • 6. Travel by rail instead of air which produces three times more carbon dioxide
  • 7. Take your annual holiday in Britain
  • 8. Wash your housemate's clothes with yours
  • 9. Buy your own composter and recycle food waste
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Rubbish on the bank of the polluted Tiete river in Brazil
  • 10. Buy energy efficient white appliances
  • 11. Buy your food at local shops - better still, grow your own
  • 12. Find out about your local authority's recycling facilities
  • 13. Cook for friends - large quantities of food use less packaging
  • 14. Use a china mug in the office which saves on paper and polystyrene cups
  • 15. Ask your boss to provide a recycling bin for waste paper
  • 16. Switch of computer base units and monitors when you leave work
  • 17. Make sure you use the power saving settings on your computer
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Homeless people keeping warm in Johannesburg
  • 18. Move in with your partner so you don't have to light and heat two houses
  • 19. Insulate your home and cut heat loss by 60%
  • 20. Get a bike and cycle instead of driving
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