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Tips For Consumers

Energy Efficient Lighting - Take the pledge and learn what else you can do!

Pollution Prevention Tips For Consumers - A Montana State University Extension factsheet designed to help consumers make informed, environmentally responsible choices in their daily lives.

The Consumer's Handbook for Reducing Solid Waste - This booklet describes how people can help solve a growing problem...garbage!

2003-2004 Montana Guide for Buying Recycled Products - Produced by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, the 2003-2004 Montana Guide for Buying Recycled Products (available from this site in PDF format) focuses on manufacturers and distributors of recycled products in Montana. As this guide will illustrate, there is a wide array of recycled items in Montana supermarkets, discount stores, office supply stores, print shops, garden nurseries, and other businesses. Buying in-state will contribute to the local economy and help avoid the added expense and energy consumed in transporting materials from far away. Please help close the recycling loop; the next time you make a purchase, buy recycled!

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing - The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) homepage for it's nationwide program to promote the purchase of products or services that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose. This site has information about many different types of products as well as links to other useful sites.

Where To Recycle In Montana - Montana has more than 150 recycling locations, but not all locations accept all types of recyclable materials. The Keep Montana Clean and Beautiful website provides an easy-to-use Recycling Center Locator where you can just click on the type of material you want to recycle to find out what recycling opportunities are nearest to you. To learn where you can recycle rechargable batteries in your community, visit the Rechargable Battery Recycling Corporation website.

Reduce Junk Mail - Junk mail adds up to nearly 32 pounds of paper and plastic going into the garbage every year for every woman, man and child in America! The Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance has developed an excellent Web Site with a comprehensive guide to strategies you can use to eliminate much of the junk mail you receive.

Carbon Footprint Calculator - Use this free calculator to add up your carbon footprint.

 

Know of another helpful Web Page with information for individuals who wnat to be environmentally responsible consumers? Please contact Barb Allen of the Montana Pollution Prevention Program.