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Sustainable Seward Tip of the Week

What does sustainability mean?  Sustainability is the process of maintaining change in a balanced fashion.  In order to be sustainable, we must use resources in a balanced way, a way that provides us what we need, but does not destroy the resource.  For an example of this principle, we can look towards moose! When moose are eating during the winter, they will take a little bit of bark from each tree.  This gives them enough food, and does not lead to the deaths of any trees.  The trees are then able to grow more bark and continue to provide for the moose.  Here are a few easy ways to start living a more sustainable lifestyle!

Bike to work once a week! – This decreases your gas use, which saves you money as decreasing your impact on the environment.

Take shorter showers. – This will help to decrease the amount of energy you use.

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Bring your own bags to the grocery store. – By doing this, you will use a lot less plastic!

Recycle! – Recycling plastics reduces the amount of plastics created and helps to make plastics a more sustainable business.  Also your plastics will not end up in the ocean or a landfill where they can take up to 500 years to decompose.

We can all make a small (or large) change in our lives to positively impact our earth.  Even the simple change of taking a 5 minute shower instead of a 10 minute shower can make a difference and help us preserve our environments!

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