Earth Day - tips to help our planet
Do you love having fresh air to breath, food to eat, or water to drink? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then read below. This Sunday, we will be celebrating Earth Day, the largest public movement in the world. With more than 1 billion people taking part across 192 countries, it’s time to buckle down and treat this planet we all depend on with the same love and care we usually reserve for our family, pets, and coffee. Here are some easy tips to help our planet, after all, we are all in this together !
*Join Earth Day Network’s campaign to End Plastic Pollution.
*Plant a tree or donate a tree
*Join a local park, river or beach clean-up.
*Use environmentally-friendly, non-toxic cleaning products.
*Replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs with efficient LEDs. Reduce your carbon footprint by 450 pounds a year.
*Carpool, ride your bike, use public transportation or drive an electric or hybrid car. Reduce your carbon footprint by one pound for every mile you do not drive.
*Keep your tires properly inflated and get better gas mileage. Reduce your carbon footprint 20 pounds for each gallon of gas saved.
*Change your car’s air filter regularly.
*Teleconference instead of traveling. If you fly five times per year, those trips are likely to account for 75% of your personal carbon footprint.
*Stop using disposable plastics, especially single-use plastics like bottles, bags and straws.
*Recycle paper, plastic and glass. Reduce your garbage by 10% and your carbon footprint by 1,200 pounds a year.
*Donate your old clothes and home goods instead of throwing them out.
*Consider buying used items.
*Use cloth towels instead of paper ones.
*Change your paper bills to online billing. You’ll be saving trees and the fuel it takes to deliver your bills by truck.
*Read documents online instead of printing them.
*When you need to use paper, make sure it’s 100% post-consumer recycled paper.
*Set your office printer to print two-sided.
*Collect used printer, fax, and copier cartridges to recycle.
*Use reusable bottles for water, and reusable mugs for coffee.
*Bring reusable bags when you shop.
*Pack your lunch in a reusable bag.
*Organize to have healthy, locally-sourced food served at in your school district.
*Buy local food to reduce the distance from farm to fork. Buy straight from the farm, frequent your local farmers’ market, or join a local food co-op.
*Buy organic food to keep your body and the environment free of toxic pesticides. Support farmers and companies who use organic ingredients.
*Grow your own organic garden, or join a farm-share group.
*Reduce your meat consumption to curb carbon emissions from the livestock industry.
*Compost kitchen scraps for use in your garden — turning waste into fertilizer.
*Take a shorter shower and use a water-saving shower head.
*Address leaky faucets and shower-heads.
*Run your dishwasher only when it’s full to save water and energy.
*Wash your clothes only when necessary, use cold water and line dry.
*Form a “green team” at your office to find cost-effective ways to conserve resources and promote sustainability.
*Volunteer for a local environmental group and/or make a donation.
*Turn off and unplug electronics you’re not using. This includes turning off your computer at night.
*Turn off lights when you leave a room.
*Take the stairs instead of the elevator to save energy (and get exercise!).
*Move your heater thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in the summer to reduce your carbon footprint by 2,000 pounds.
*Use energy-efficient appliances and electronics.
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