PJFL Goes Green!
Here’s how we go green at the Library!
• Patrons are offered the choice of checking out a Library tote or purchasing one for $1 to carry items
• Our outdated program flyers get used as scrap paper
• We no longer provide hot and cold cups for staff to use on breaks. Everyone has brought in their own mug or glass
• Most staff members use refillable water bottles
• We have a recycle bin in our staff lounge area and in the Teen Center for non-paper recyclables such as #1 and #2 plastic containers and aluminum foil
• We recycle our ink and toner cartridges
• We participate in the Better World Books Program which sells discarded books and donates the proceeds to charities that support literary
• The Friends Library Bookstore sells gently used books
• Our cleaning products are Green Seal Certified
• We collect & recycle rechargeable batteries and cell phones at our YA Center
• We participate in the Green-fest and the Go Green programs through the Village where we do our part to educate and promote Green ideas
• Committees have been set up with the employees of the Library to help with the Village’s Green events
If you don’t know enough about making your lifestyle greener, the Library is a good resource for that. We have compiled a list of books available to check-out on the subject.
How Can I Help?
- Renew , reserve, and search for Library materials online using your Library card barcode
- Just come in and borrow books, DVDs, and other materials instead of buying them
- Sign up for enews to find out what’s happening at the Library
- Visit the Friend’s of the Library Used Book Shop to purchase quality used book and to donate books
- Borrow one of our books on recycling
- Change to Fluorescent Bulbs
- Don’t rinse plates before placing in dishwasher
- Hang cloths out-side to dry
- Turn computers off at night
- Take showers instead of baths
- Use a reusable water bottle
- Use cold water on laundry
Recycling conserves our natural resources, saves landfill space, conserves energy, and reduces water pollution, air pollution and the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. Approximately 60% of our rubbish thrown away today could be recycled.
- Eat lower on the food chain
- Eating a diet full of fruits & veggies is easier on the planet
- Eating locally- saves on transportation
- Avoid take-out over packaging
- Choose organic
- Take only what you can eat
- Avoid throw away paper goods
Recycling 1 plastic bottle not only saves anywhere from 100 to 1000 years in the landfill but also saves the environment from the emissions and oil in producing new bottles. For every 1 ton of plastic that is recycled we save the equivalent of 2 people’s energy use for 1 year, the amount of water used by 1 person in 2 month’s time and almost 2000 pounds of oil.
Disposable plastics are the greatest source of plastic pollution. Plastic bags, straws, bottles, utensils, lids, cups and so many others offer a small convenience but remain forever.
Say NO to all disposable plastics!
Reduce your plastic footprint. Choose glass and stainless steel over plastic.
Reuse glass and stainless steel goods.
Recycle what you use.
Explore an expanding collection of environmentally conscious teaching tools. Search for lesson plans, websites, and educational resources by topic, grade level, cost, or location.
Apply for the President’s Environmental Youth award.
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