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Volume 1 - 06/2018

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Every Action Counts

You and I recycling our pop bottles may not seem like a big deal, but every action is scalable. If one million people choose to recycle their pop bottles, that can make a really big difference in what is going into our landfills.


Many people think sustainability requires a lot of time, energy and money, but it’s actually quite the opposite. At its core, sustainable living means living simply by using as few resources as possible and causing the least amount of damage to the environment, community and yourself. So, with a definition like that, why does going green often get overlooked? We tapped Emmy Swift, a savvy member of American Family’s sustainability team, for her expert opinion.


People still have the idea that sustainable living is expensive or difficult, or they tell themselves that the changes they make won’t have an impact on a grander scale,” she explains. “Both of these arguments are crazy!

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Here's some ideas that you can incorporate into any home — from the biggest mansions to the smallest apartments.

Clear Your Mailbox

Let’s be real — most catalogs, coupons and credit card offers that land in your mailbox go directly into the trash, right? Opt out of junk mail with services like DMAchoice and CatalogChoice. And while you’re at it, sign up for paperless bills!
 

Think Outside the Bin

Yes recycling is a no-brainer, but taking the time to sort and recycle is the easiest way to create a sustainable home. Besides the usual aluminum, glass, paper and plastics, other things in your home can be recycled too — it might just take a little creativity. Check out programs like Reuse-a-Shoe, Bikes for the World, Terracycle and the National Crayon Recycle Program – and those are just a few!

See the Light

Energy-saving light bulbs, like ENERGY STAR, may cost more than your standard light bulb, but they last longer and use 25 to 80 percent less energy than regular bulbs. That means less wasted energy and lower electricity bills. We’d call that a win-win. Check out some other ways you can opt for a smart, energy efficient home.


There’s nothing more valuable than a dream, and nothing more important than a healthy environment to pursue yours in. Our evolving efforts are playing a big role in sustaining our planet for years – and dreamers – to come.