Tomorrow is Earth Day. What will you do to celebrate? We've got some suggestions for ways you can make a positive impact on our environment today and every day.
1. Buy Some Clothes!
So normally buying clothes isn't the best advice for saving the planet, but if you follow this link to purchase Earth Day clothing, your purchase will benefit 7 little trees! Each item purchased through EarthDay.org = 7 trees planted. Now that's a purchase you can feel good about!
2. Turn off the Faucet
According to studies, the U.S. wastes 7 billion gallons of water every single day. So, to counteract some of that, here are some quick tips. 1. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. 2. Take quick showers and turn off the water while shaving. 3. Switch to a tankless water heater so you're only heating the water you need. 4.Change to low flow lawn watering systems and consider investing in a system that uses recycled water from your home. 5. Switch your toilets to variable flow or dual flush operation and save many gallons per day!
3. Give That Burger the Boot!
Cutting back on your consumption of beef and pork will not only help your cholesterol levels, but will also help the environment. Cattle farming has had a negative impact on crop supplies, the health and fertility of the land and is even causing some serious greenhouse gases (not just the stinky gas!). It's not just cows, either! Piggies have a lot of polutants themselves which cause health issues for those living near the farms, not to mention the untreated waste leaking into the land and water. Cutting back or cutting out your consumption of beef and pork is a great way to do your part in decreasing demand so that the environmental effects are decreased.
4. Clean Up Your Cleaning Act
Many of the cleaning products we use to sanitize our homes contain harmful fumes and some ingredients of cleaning agents like Comet are linked to cancer! To create a greener cleaner, try using baking soda based cleaners like this one or vinegar based cleaners like this one and only use the heavy duty bleach cleaners when absolutely necessary. If you want something that smells fresh and clean, try this recipe for natural furniture dusting spray with lemon! Giving up on harsh cleaners doesn't have to mean giving up on a fresh smelling home!
5. Shop Locally
Shopping at farmer's markets isn't just a cute trend, it's actually a really great practice. When you buy locally, you can have a direct impact on greenhouse gas emissions. Local farmers don't have to drive as far to sell their goods, so they use less gas and there are fewer emissions. Also, buying organically is good for your health and for reducing leaks of pesticides into our water supply, lakes, streams, and harming wildlife. Be sure to carry your own reusable bags with you rather than using plastic bags. If you forget your bag and must use a plastic one, reuse it later for doggie poo patrol or litter box cleanup. The uses for plastic bags are unlimited!
Have a happy and healthy Earth Day!