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Looking for a New Year Resolution? Be Freshwater Friendly

Posted December 28, 2016 in Articles

It’s no secret that New Year Resolutions aren’t always as successful as we’d like to hope for. Whether a goal is poorly planned or just downright unrealistic (darn you, chocolate!), resolutions usually aren’t easy to stick to.

If you’re still looking for a way to better yourself beginning January 1st, 2017, we encourage you to step outside of the typical New Years’ Resolutions, and resolve to improve your environment.

Here are three ways you can Be Freshwater Friendly in your home in 2017.

  1. Resolve to avoid the FOG Clog

Quit tossing items down your kitchen drain. Fats, oil and grease (F.O.G.) are generally the worst culprits of pipe back-ups, but leftover food products can also cause harm. Don’t rely on your garbage disposal to get rid of leftover scraps – toss them in the trash instead!

  1. Resolve to know the Potty Protocol

Remove the temptation of tossing bathroom trash into your toilet, such as cotton swabs, tissues or disposable wipes by moving a wastebasket within arm’s reach of your toilet. While flushing these kinds of items might not show any immediate damage to your toilet, every bit of flushed trash adds up, leading to sewage blockages and potential infrastructure damages.

  1. Resolve to be Label Wise

Be mindful of the amount of personal products you are using – and potentially wasting! We’re not encouraging you to not use personal hygiene products, we’re simply encouraging you to only use what you need. For example, did you know that usually only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste is necessary to brush your teeth? Limiting the amount of products you use during your daily routine can help limit the amount of phosphates entering our local waterways.

 

For more information on how you can Be Freshwater Friendly, visit www.befreshwaterfriendly.org.