Environmental Treasure Chest

Any small contribution to saving the environment truly counts!


This is a place to share ideas and information on easy ways to improve your contribution to the health and protection of your piece of the planet. We will give you small, easy ideas that, when added up, amount to significant changes in the way we affect the health of the earth. The beauty is that they may also improve your chances of remaining healthy and keeping your land and septic system and wildlife healthy and safe, too. And when we purchase environmentally friendly products, we send the message to manufacturers that we WANT those products to be more and more available. We put the power back into the hands of the consumer and take some of the burden off of government and industry. They won’t produce what we don’t buy. Together, we can make the Town of Rochester a leader in smart environmental practices in the home and on the land.


Monthly Tips:


Read the labels on the products you buy! Look for chemical content. You can always go online and research the effects of chemicals on humans, plants and animals. Even if you find out about one chemical..maybe one you see often… you will be able to make better, more educated choices as you purchase products. Many chemicals have documented health effects. You need to be the one who decides if the government standards are enough for you to risk using them. The best tool we have is to know what we are buying and what we are dealing with.


Try buying paper products made from recycled paper. Think about what paper is and how it is made. It takes years to grow the trees used to create paper and the process of making paper can be very toxic to the environment. The ecosystem needs trees to create oxygen which is what we need to breath to stay alive. It is a good idea to have very sensible and conservation minded practices around the use of trees and the use of chemicals to process trees into paper. Ultimately, the pollutants we send into the water, ground and air come back to us through condensation, run-off, plants that we ingest that have been grown with or near toxic chemicals and underground aquifers. Did you know that plants absorb many airborn pollutants? We need them, not only to create the air we breath, but to help keep it clean enough for us the keep breathing! Recycling is a way to prevent excess use of trees. We can make one tree last more than one time and that can be nothing but good!