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Top 10 Ways To Make Every Day Earth Day

Top 10 Ways To Make Every Day Earth Day

Earth Day is right around the corner (April 22), but why not commit to loving and protecting the environment every day?

1.  Awaken Your Senses to nature all around you, even in the city. Just step outside, and nature is right there. Is it windy? What do the clouds look like? Is it sunny? What is the first bird that you hear?

2.  Use Less Water: turning off the tap while you brush your teeth will save four gallons a minute.  In the shower, turning off the water while you shampoo and condition your hair can save more than 50 gallons a week.

3. Attack The Energy Monster: always turn off the lights when you leave a room, and replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). They are more expensive but will last much longer.  Use the minimum amount of outdoor security lights by setting them on a timer or motion sensor so they turn off during the day.

4.  Commute Without Polluting: take mass transit or at least carpool if you can. Best of all, ride a bike! There are huge physical and fiscal benefits to biking. The obesity rate for adults is at almost 36 percent in the U.S., while countries like the Netherlands, Sweden and Germany, which promote biking as transportation, have the lowest incidence of obesity.

5.  Know The Top 10. According to the National Recycling Coalition, these are the top 10 most important items to recycle: aluminum, PET plastic bottles, newspaper, corrugated cardboard, steel cans, HDPE plastic bottles, glass containers, magazines, mixed paper and computers.

6.  Just Say No to paper and plastic bags. The average consumer makes 1.9 trips to the grocery store every week. If you take home two bags each trip, that’s about 200 bags a year. Even if you recycle your bags, it’s better not to use them in the first place, due to the energy used to produce those bags. Instead, carry your stuff home from the store in a reusable tote bag.

7.  Put A Cap on bottled water: roughly 50 billion plastic water bottles end up in U.S. landfills each year, which is 140 million every day. And according to the National Resources Defense Council, 40 percent of bottled water is nothing more than tap water anyway. You’ve paid taxes for your tap water, so drink it! Head out to buy some refillable water bottles.

8.  Buy Locally Produced Food. When you do, you are helping reduce the pollutions and depletion of resources associated with the transportation and packaging of food. On average, domestically grown produce sold in conventional supermarkets has traveled some 1,500 miles from farm to table. Not to mention, it’s probably been treated with fungicides so that it can be stored.

9.  Weigh Your Waste. I’ve done this and it’s scary to see how much my family accumulates each week. Weigh on a bathroom scale every bag of garbage you create before you take it out. Do this for a week, and multiply by 52 to get a rough estimate of how much waste you produce in a year. Then figure out how you can cut your waste production!

10. Avoid The “Print” Button. It’s an obvious one – but really, think twice before printing from the computer. You can read most documents and magazines online, and you can pay many bills via the web these days. When you do print, use both sides of your paper as much as possible.

What tips do you have for making every day Earth Day?

 

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3:00PM PDT on Sep 18, 2013

...And if you do print, recycle the printed paper when you're finished with it instead of just throwing it into the waste bin.

11:24AM PDT on Jun 12, 2013

thanks!

1:06PM PDT on Jun 9, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

7:02AM PDT on Jun 3, 2013

I agree with you Judy Molland. Let's make everyday Earth Day!

7:01PM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

Great ideas. I do most of these already but will try to do better.

8:47PM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

One more thing I'd like to add: make sure that when you get rid of electronics that you do so in a way that doesn't harm the environment. Take them to recycling centers where they'll properly be disposed off in a that will least impact the environment.

Also, my dad delivers newspaper. When he has extras left over, he puts them in a huge dumpster and when it gets full, sends the dumpster away to have the magazines recycled.

12:42AM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

Wonderful list thanks!

8:09PM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

Thanks for sharing!

3:15AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

The best way to make every day Earth Day is go vegan!

12:44AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

Great reminder & encouragement. Thank you.

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