Tips for Making Every Day “Earth Day”
On April 22 we celebrate Earth Day — but you can keep the party going long after. Following are some things you can do every day to help the planet.
Start carpooling with people in your neighborhood headed in the same direction. Have everyone chip in and you'll even save on gas money. It's a win-win.
Use Public Transportation
If your commute allows, opt for public transportation to get from point A to point B. You'll cut down on emissions by not driving your own car, plus you can put the time spent not driving to good use. Another bonus? Not searching (or paying) for a parking spot!
Ride a Bike
Want to help our planet AND get some exercise? Ride a bike. You can run nearby errands with ease and avoid traffic, too. Don't forget to wear your helmet!
Use Refillable Containers
Use a mug or travel tumbler to tote your dose of caffeine, or H20.
Turn Out the Lights
We use electricity to cheat daylight in order to take fuller advantage of our day. But if you're just lounging at the house, conserve energy by opening the blinds or lighting candles, and switching off any electronic device that's not being used.
It's sad but true — some areas of the United States are experiencing a drought. Keep this in mind when participating in activities that require water, like washing dishes or cars, doing laundry, and bathing.
One More “R”
You've heard "reduce, reuse, recycle" but one "R" that should be added is "repair." If something is broken, cut down on waste by seeing if you can repair it rather than tossing it to buy something new.
Start a Compost Heap
Flex your green thumb and start a compost heap or use one of the many indoor composters on the market today. Composting will cut down on the amount of wasted food Americans throw out daily, and also nourishes the soil so that you can water less.
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