Is having better environmental gestures a part of your New Year’s resolutions? Maybe you’ve even considered starting to compost or to stop using toxic chemicals? Here are some ideas to inspire you:
Start composting: The Eco-quartier NDG staff would like to help you start composting this year. Food waste is one of the biggest contributors to garbage. Did you know that the food waste program is already up and running in NDG?
Have you considered vermicomposting (indoor composting with the help of worms). We even offer training workshops. Learn how to easy it is!
Here are a few ideas on how you can reduce your consumption
• Avoid Junk Mail: Display a sticker to stop receiving the public-sacs and other flyers. You can always consult the flyers on the Internet instead;
• Do not drink bottled water, get a reusable water bottle instead;
• Search for leaks in your toilet that might be wasting water;
• Use only reusable bags (avoid plastic shopping bags as they can take anywhere from 100-300 years to biodegrade);
• Do not use paper napkins; use the real cloth napkins instead.
In order to see how your consumption habits impact the planet, try calculating your ecological footprint: http://www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/page/calculators/

Have you guarded your home against phantom electricity? Phantom electricity accounts for roughly 5% of your electricity consumption. It also accounts for an astonishing 1% of global carbon dioxide emissions (compared to 2-3% for air travel). Every day we leave appliances running needlessly. Lamps lit in empty rooms, an unwatched television, a charged laptop that remains plugged in… these are all examples of Phantom Electricity. Small changes of habits can reduce these wastes of energy without compromising our lifestyle. You can plug your appliances into power bars and shut them down when not in use, or you can just leave your appliances unplugged until you need to use them.
Here are some easy ways to reduce our consumption of energy as well as shrink our electricity bills!

What You Can Do about phantom electricity:
Here are some small gestures that can be done to reduce useless energy consumption:
Turn off the light when leaving a room. Don’t waste energy on an empty room!
Turn off radio, television or computer when not in use. The energy saved by turning off a computer outweighs the time saved by leaving it on all day.
Unplug appliances when not in use. Even when they are turned off appliances – especially those with a clock or remote control – continue to consume small amounts of electricity. Don’t forget to unplug your cell phone charger when it’s finished charging!
Try using a smart powerbar. A smart powerstrip will automatically cut power to devices that aren’t in use.
Look for appliances with the Energy Star symbol. When you are ready to replace your old appliances, purchase those with the Energy Star symbol: the international symbol for energy efficiency. For instance, an Energystar television uses 30% less electricity.

Is one of your new year’s resolutions to volunteer? Éco-quartier NDG is seeking volunteers to help promote recycling, food waste collection, environmental living, street cleanliness and other neighborhood environmental projects with adults and children. No experience is necessary. We offer volunteer training and an opportunity to learn about different aspects of environmentalism while taking an active role in bettering your community. We have big jobs, small jobs, and everything in between. Whether you would like to give 1 hour or 10 hours of your time on a weekly basis or whenever you have some spare time, we would love to meet you. Help us build a greener neighborhood!

There are countless more ideas on the internet and on our website: www.preventioncdnndg.org . Let’s make 2019 the greenest year yet!