So for Earth Day I have a list of 25 ways to help keep this beautiful blue ball stay that way.
- Recycle all the paper, plastic, glass and metal products you can.
- Always put garbage in its proper place–garbage can or recycling bin.
- Write or draw on both sides of a piece of paper before recycling it.
- Print sheets of paper from your computer only if you really need them.
- Use sponges, rags and cloth napkins instead of paper products.
- Carry your lunch in a reusable box or bag.
- Bike, walk or ride the bus instead of taking the car. Plus its cheaper than the gym.
- Check to see that your car’s tires are properly inflated. I hear nitrogen assists with gas mileage as well.
- If the car you are in is going to be stopped for more than a minute ask the driver to turn it off. Probably not at stoplights though.
- Replace burnt-out bulbs at home with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. I hear these may contain mercury, any truth to that? Can they be recycled?
- Turn off the lights, computer, radio, stereo and TV when you leave a room.
- Sit near a window when you read instead of turning on a light
- Set the thermostat a little lower in the winter and a little higher in the summer.
- Wash clothes in cold water and hang them out to dry.
- Don’t turn the dishwasher on until it is full.
- Take short showers to save energy and water.
- Turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth.
- Put leftover food in reusable containers, not in plastic wrap or foil.
- Wash and reuse glass jars, plastic containers and plastic utensils.
- When shopping, look for items made out of recycled materials.
- Bring your own reusable bags when shopping.
- Mend and repair clothes and toys rather than buying new ones.
- Create a compost pile of food scraps and plant cuttings
- Buy food at local farmers’ markets.
- Volunteer for community events, such as a cleanup day at the park.
How many of these do you follow regularly?
Any you disagree with?
Happy Earth Day and remember to take care of our home!