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 
    Bar Cento
    Baricelli Inn
    Carrie Cerino's Ristorante
    Fire Food & Drink
    Flying Fig
    Great Lakes Brewing Company
    The Greenhouse Tavern
    Light Bistro
    Lucky's Cafe
    Mustard Seed Market & Cafe 


Home Renovation:
 -  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.

Reducing Trash:
 - 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

- For general recycling questions contact:
- Be creative and think of ways to reuse old items