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The following tips have been provided by Ken Balcomb of The Center for Whale Research.

1. Limit your water consumption:

Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
Limit showers to 5 minutes per day.

2. Reduce electrical consumption:

Set home thermostats for 68 degrees or less. Less electrical consumption means more water for salmon, the orcas’ favorite meal.
Turn down your hot water heater.
Unplug all rarely used items and switch off all unused lights.

3. Reach for unbleached:

Look for paper products whitened with oxygen instead of chlorine and/or products that contain the most post-consumer content.

4. Reuse and Recycle:

Put paper towels out of reach; use a sponge or reusable wash rag.
Reuse paper grocery sacks or use cloth bags.
Avoid extra packaging.

5. Buy local and/or organic:

Concentrate your shopping dollars on buying as much local and/or organic food as possible.

6. Limit pesticide Use:

Fertilizers reduce fish habitat by encouraging the growth of plants that then deplete oxygen for fish such as salmon.
Pay attention to the chemicals used in cleaning solutions: phosphates used in many cleaning supplies encourage plant growth, which use up the oxygen fish need.
Protecting salmon habitat is as important for the whales as it is for the salmon!

7. Swim the extra mile:

Can you walk or ride a bike instead of drive?
How about carpooling?

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How household toxics get into the environment