- Spokane’s “Go Green Directory,” is
the Inland Northwest’s Directory for Sustainable and Healthy Living.
Obtain a copy of this directory which lists local businesses which sell
organic food, locally grown food, recycling resources, phosphate-free
soaps, natural nutrition, organic garden supplies, environmentally
sensitive cleaning products, etc. Call 534-3347 to obtain a copy of
this directory. View or download the directory at http://gogreendirectory.com.
- Recycle unwanted items with a yard sale. Recycle your oldest clothes into rags.
- Purchase and use reusable items, such as rechargeable batteries.
- Store Bags. Ask for paper
instead of plastic bags in stores; or, take your own reusable bags with
you. Less than 1% of the 100 billion polyethylene plastic bags thrown
away in the U.S. every year are recycled. These bags take up to 1,000
years to dissolve; and when they do, they leave dangerous toxins
- Conserve Water. Turn off
the dry cycle on your dishwasher, and allow the dishes to air dry. Turn
off water while brushing teeth. Keep your water heater at 120
degrees. Install a low-flow showerhead and take a shower instead of a
- Conserve Power. Conserve
natural resources such as power. Use LED (light emitting diode) light
bulbs. Use a clothesline instead of a dryer. Open windows to circulate
air instead of using fans. Open shades during the day for free heat
from the sun, and close them at night to insulate. Turn the thermostat
down a few degrees in winter and up a few degrees in summer. Install a
- Transportation. Bicycle to
work. When driving, use cruise control and clean air filters to save
fuel. Keep tires inflated properly for better gas mileage.
- Work with Others. Help to
make our surroundings cleaner and Spokane a more enjoyable place to
live. Avoid using toxic sprays in your home and yard, by looking for
natural remedies. Pull up or kill weeds with undiluted vinegar or
boiling water. Recycle organic waste as yard compost.
- Neighborhood Clean-ups.
Request Waste Management to place large-capacity dumpsters in your
neighborhood for a weekend, where residents can dump yard waste and
general residential trash. Don’t forget to notify all the neighbors
well in advance.
- Purchase and Eat Organic.
These farmers do not use pesticides, so the food is healthier, and
organic farming saves energy. Cut the cost of buying organic by
shopping at our local farmers’ markets. Your food will be fresher and
in season, and often cheaper, because there are no overhead costs added
to the price, such as the cost of transporting your food to market.
- Graffiti. Remove graffiti from public areas.
- Abandoned Cars. Help
identify and dispose of abandoned vehicles in our community. SCOPE
volunteers mark, tow, and ticket hundreds of abandoned vehicles in the
City of Spokane Valley and Spokane County. Alert your local SCOPE
patrol of junk vehicles or other city code violations, by calling the
City of Spokane Valley at 921-1000, or the county abandoned car tip-line
- Become a SCUPPIE (Socially
Conscious Upwardly-mobile Person) A SCUPPIE is someone green, i.e.,
one who understands that the love of money does not preclude the love of
nature…and vice versa. A SCUPPIE refers to green young people who love
both money and nature. They buy organic food, recycle, decorate with
socially conscious furniture, buy from flee markets, clean with organic
cleaning supplies, landscape with pesticide-free fertilizer, eat at
restaurants that use fresh local ingredients, drive ecologically
friendly cars, get their pets from animal shelters, and use
environmentally friendly chlorine-free diapers. They don’t want to
sacrifice living well for doing good. http://SCUPPIE.com
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Consumer products and Medical dangers.
Defective, unsafe, or harmful goods or products…
Baby/children products, drugs, medical devices,
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