DKI Offers ‘Green’ Ways to Celebrate Earth Day
Wood Dale, IL – Disaster Kleenup International (DKI), North America''s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, is offering tips for Earth Day to those who want to be more eco-conscious by making small changes to their everyday lifestyle.
DKI has developed this list of tips to help you celebrate Earth day and make this a ‘greener’ planet for all to enjoy:
Visit a park: all 394 U.S. national parks have free admission now through Sunday, April 24.
Bring reusable tote bags with you when you shop.
Ride your bike or walk to work or to the store when possible.
Plant a tree or start a garden.
Use rechargeable batteries for electronics.
Instead of throwing them out with the rest of your garbage, consider donating your old electronics-televisions, computers, or radios to area thrift stores, taking them to a local hazardous waste facility, or a company that recycles electronics.
Buy products made from recycled materials with minimal recyclable packaging.
If you can afford to buy organic, purchase fruits and vegetables that tend to have the most pesticide residues as well as dairy and meat.
Carpool with friends or family.
Use reusable stainless steel water bottles.
Recycle your old cell phone. Every year, over 100 million cell phones are thrown out, where harmful elements such as mercury contaminate our landfills.
Volunteer your time to cleanup community parks and other areas.
Turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth. Spend less time in the shower.
Make sure your sprinklers water your lawn, not the sidewalk.
Use compact fluorescent light bulbs instead of incandescent ones.
Turn off all your electronic devices when leaving your home or use the energy-saving mode on appliances.
Install a programmable thermostat or add insulation to your attic.
Recycle, recycle, recycle. Recycling a single plastic bottle can conserve up to six hours of energy used to light a 60-watt light bulb.
Another way to promote sustainability is to hire a Green Risk Professional to perform restoration work on your home or business. In October 2009, DKI became the first and only Green Certified restoration services organization in North America. All DKI Members are required to be Green Risk Certified. The green risk certification training gives DKI Members the knowledge necessary to evaluate damage to an existing "green" building and understand what must be done in order to work on it and build it back in such a manner that it remains "green."
“As an environmentally conscious company, we are constantly looking for ways to help reduce our carbon footprint,” said Dale Sailer, president of DKI. “We have a large focus company-wide on going ‘green’ and not only are these solutions easy, they offer cost savings as well.”
For more information about DKI’s Green Risk Certification, please visit www.disasterkleenup.com/green.
Disaster Kleenup International, LLC, headquartered in suburban Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to our consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about Disaster Kleenup International, LLC, visit our website at www.disasterkleenup.com or contact Michele Donahue at (630) 350-3000.