Highland Heights Green Task Force
Make your own cleaning and laundry products.
- Use 1/2 cup of vinegar in your rinse cycle instead of fabric softener
- Use more eco-friendly detergents. Look for labels that indicate a product is readily biodegradable and
phosphate-free, and made from plant- and vegetable-based ingredients
- Do not use mothballs, use lavender in your closets instead.
- Find a friend or co-worker to carpool with.
- Ride your bike or walk.
- Use public transportation. Consider using RTA's Park and Ride Program.
- Purchase items in bulk, or plan out your meals ahead of time and go grocery shopping only once per week.
- Park under a tree or garage so that your car doesn't heat up too much, reducing the need for excess air conditioning.
- Do not store too many items in your trunk, the excess weight may require more gas.
- Keep tires properly inflated.
- Eat at restaurants that feature locally grown foods. Some of the Cleveland area restaurants that offer this
Carrie Cerino's Ristorante
Fire Food & Drink
Great Lakes Brewing Company
The Greenhouse Tavern
Mustard Seed Market & Cafe
- Do not paint a baby’s room right before the due-date. Renovate the room early so that it has enough time
to off gas before the space is occupied. Use low or no-VOC paint.
- Install appliances that have the Energy Star Label.
- Install plumbing fixtures that have the WaterSense Label.
- Use wood products that are Forest Stewardship Council (FCS) Certified.
- Purchase local materials
- Purchase materials that contain post or pre-consumer recycled materials.
Indoor Air Quality:
- Do not use chemical air fresheners. Most are made from a number of toxic chemicals. Instead, make your own. One way to do it is to soak fresh lavender in vodka. Strain out the lavender and put the liquid in a spray bottle. You can also use spices, fruits, etc.
- If you are painting/staining in your home, use a no or low-VOC product. Most manufactures offer these types of products, so make sure to look at the label before you purchase.
- Open windows when weather permits to "air out" your home.
- Purchase products that are made of pre/post consumer recycled materials
- Purchase products that have the least amount of packaging.
- Purchase durable items that are expected last a long time.
- Attempt to fix broken items before disposing them.
- Purchase used items.
- Compost food scraps and yard waste
- Donate gently used items http://cuyahogarecycles.org/pass_it_on_book
- For general recycling questions contact: http://www.cuyahogarecycles.org
- Be creative and think of ways to reuse old items