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Small Things To Do Today

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Students at Orinda Intermediate School in Orinda, CA, tell us one small thing they will do today, to help the environment:

From switching light bulbs to shortening showers, there are a lot of easy, small changes that can make a big difference. Here are just a few!
Students at Orinda Intermediate School in Orinda, CA, tell us one small thing they will do today, to help the environment.
WRITTEN BY: Students at Orinda Intermediate School



Recycle and instead of using a plastic bottle to drink water, I will use a reusable water bottle that way in case I get thirsty I can just use a metal container. The way that I will recycle is by checking all the plastics I use to see if I can recycle. –Sasha

Bring a lunch box to school, and use reusable containers. I will use a lunch box/bag and reusable container at school and whenever I go out. –Claire

I compost coffee grounds and old rotten things but not much else because we have rats and no bin. I also will give anything edible that’s going bad to my chickens. –Charlotte

I will be sure to always bring my reusable lunch box and water bottle so as to not waste resources. Soon, my family and I are going to build a compost bin, and that will help us reduce the amount of food scraps we dispose of. I will also take shorter showers. –Kati

I could always bring reusable things as to save trash and encourage others to do the same. I could also recycle everything that can be recycled and compost for my dad’s garden. We never buy plastic water bottles unless absolutely necessary, and we use less water by taking (or trying to take) shorter showers. –Riley

I could try to take shorter showers and recycle more. All of my family has reusable water bottles. I take mine everyday to school, and my mom uses hers everyday at work. We are aware of being green and are trying to brush up on doing it! –Leah

If everybody tried to get more exercise and take a walk, or ride a bike to where ever they are going the world would be a much better place. It will help us build a stronger home, a stronger body and mind, and a stronger future. You could raise animals such as chickens, goats, or pigs. They could eat food waste and provide fresh, organic food in return, and that doesn’t have to be packaged, shipped, or bought. –Nathan

When I go shopping I could look for products with packaging that is recyclable or products that have no package at all. Not to use too much oil based products either. –Tyler

When my mom and I go to the supermarket, I could remind her to bring our reusable shopping bags so we wouldn’t have to use plastic or paper bags. Also, I can reuse plastic water bottles and fill it up with tap water at the sink so I wouldn’t have to keep buying water at the store. –Misaki

A small thing that I could do to help the environment is volunteer more hours to do cleanups at beaches, creeks, and on the regular everyday street. By doing this, I hope to help maintain our fragile ecosystems and earth healthy for a little longer. –Samuel

I can collect the water that comes out of the shower before the water is warm, then use it to water the plants or I could try to encourage my family and friends to recycle, and begin a compost box. My family has one, but we don’t use it more. –Noel

You can always turn the lights off when you leave a room, and switch to environmentally-friendly light bulbs. –Milaveh

A small thing your can do for the environment is to switch your lights off when you’re not using them. This not only consumes less energy, but is simple, quick, and saves you money on your electricity bill. –Eric

What can you do today to benefit the eco-system? Share your ideas below!



Recyclebank Green Schools Program awards grants to schools in order to fund environmental projects that empower youth to green their own communities. For every 100 points donated to an accepted school, Recyclebank donates $10 to that school.

Under the guidance of Suzy Kisch and Kristen Nielson, Orinda Intermediate School students are creating recycling stations that will help to build awareness of recycling and composting. “Landfill” stickers will be placed on all of the trash cans on campus to draw awareness to the fact that everything we put in there goes to the landfills.

Learn more about the Green Schools Program!


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  • Elaine F. 4 years ago
    I go through our trash to see what I can recycle.
  • 5 years ago
    when we order dinner / don't overbuy
  • 5 years ago
    I've taught my girls that alot of things can be recycled. We even have a compost pile to put coffee grounds, egg shells to all sorts of food that will turn to compost. That caught on quick to the idea and are a big help.