Green practices are habits and lifestyle choices that result in a smaller environmental impact. These practices are beneficial because they may leave a smaller carbon footprint, use less water or electricity, create less waste that goes into a landfill, etc. The Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center strives to find ways to reduce our environmental impact. Some of the green practices we have adopted so far include:
- Installing hand dryers in restrooms to reduce the amount of paper products that go into landfills.
- Installing solar panels on multiple buildings using a grant from Westar Energy to reduce our electricity use.
- Placing recycling stations around the zoo to reduce the amount of waste in landfills.
- Using disposable dishes in Grazer’s Café helps waste break down faster.
We are always endeavoring to find new green practices to adopt, as well as finding ways to improve what we currently do. There are many green practices that you and your family can do to not only reduce your impact on the environment but also make your home more efficient and save money. Some of these may include:
- Installing high–efficiency shower heads and toilets to reduce your water use.
- Recycling and reusing as many different items as possible to reduce what goes into landfills.
- Purchasing biodegradable or compostable trash bags. Also, composting food scraps in your yard will not only eliminate landfill waste, but it will provide you or your neighbors with excellent fertilizer for a garden!
- Using reusable shopping bags rather than plastic or paper bags.
- When shopping for household cleaners, look for products that contain natural, nontoxic ingredients.
- Be aware of “energy vampires.” These are appliances that consume a substantial amount of electricity simply by being plugged in at all times and are often not used regularly.
These are just a few green practices that can make a big difference. Be sure to check online for other ideas that may save money, resources, and help out the environment!