Happy Earth Day!
April 22, 2009 at 4:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
Today is such a great day to start to reasses our impact on the world around us. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the hectic parts of life and forget about how what we’re doing effects our planet and everything living on it.
I found a great article on Earth911
by Kasen Seaver
with tips on how to continue being friendly and mindful of our earth even after the official Earth Day is over. I changed around some of the tips but the main message and most of the info is from this awesome article.
1. Unplug and Save
When something’s plugged in, even if it isn’t turned on, it’s still using energy.
“In households across the U.S., phantom energy (energy used when items are plugged in but not in use) not only adds an additional 87 billion pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually, but also costs homeowners $5.8 billion per year. Unplugging chargers and other electronics when the charge is complete, or when you’re simply done using them, can create up to 10 percent in energy savings. If devices are plugged into a power strip, just flip the switch and you’re done!”(Earth911.com)
2. Conserve Water
“Global climate change affects our water supply, and right now billions of people don’t have access to clean water. To conserve water here in the U.S., there are some easy steps you can take to reduce your consumption:
- Using one drinking glass or reusable bottle per day, rather than disposable plastic bottles
- Dumping ice or leftover water on plants instead of down the drain
- Turning the faucet off while brushing your teeth, shaving and soaping dishes
- Changing a washer’s settings to reflect the appropriate size load” (Earth911.com)
3. Reduce Waste
All of the packaging, starbucks cups and take out containers add up. Using a reusable water bottle and travel coffee mug can cut down your daily waste significantly. Plus there are tons of really cute and stylish reusable containers out there (like the ones from Kleen Kanteen
and “I am not a paper cup”
that looks like a take away coffee container but is actually a reusable cup! So cool!)
4. Eat Green!
“Going to the store involves responsible choices: How food is grown, processed and transported is as equally important as picking the foods you eat.
- With organically grown food, herbicides and pesticides don’t enter the body or the soil
- Try not to eat red meat for a few days each week. Cows are responsible for 20 percent of U.S. emissions of methane, which traps 20 times more heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide
- Purchasing locally grown goods cuts down on environmental costs of transportation and helps your local economy
- If you have leftover produce, compost it to ensure that nothing goes to waste” (Earth911.com)
6. It’s in the Bag
“The average American uses an estimated 1,200 plastic bags per year. Bid single-use bags adieu and their negative environmental consequences. You may run into the “whoops, I left my bag in the car” a few times until you get into the habit of using them. In the meantime, we stumbled across Flip and Tumble bags that fit easily into your purse to help you remember. They roll up in seconds, and their bright colors make it hard to get lost at the bottom of your bag.’ (Earth911.com)
7. Go Paperless
There are a lot of ways to reduce the amount of paper you use, and a big one is inside your mail box. How many times do we get catalogs we don’t want or bank statements we won’t read? Go paperless with your bank and have them email you your statements and go to catalogchoice.com to request the catalogs no longer be sent to your house. And to stop coupons and credit card offers go to proquo.com to even further reduce the amount of junk mail you receive.
I love the saying to make Earth Day Every Day. This list is just the beginning of the small changes you can begin to make that truly add up. Make them a part of your life style. Turn them into a habit. You can make a difference in the quality of our planet.
Now Earth Day isn’t just about the negatives of what we need to do to make our planet better,
but it’s also about enjoying all the beauty
that can be found right in our own back yards!! We’re so lucky to have access to the wonderful National Parks that our country has to offer. Find a park near you
and enjoy the outdoors!
Reynolds100 – Get a rebate for a FREE roll of 100% recycled aluminum foil from reynolds wrap – well kind of free. you still have to pay tax and the postage to send mail in the rebate
– a Frontline documentary on the state of our nation’s water — very scary. I will be posting a review of this documentary soon!