HAPPY EARTH DAY!
Earth Day has been celebrated for over 50 years, in over 190 countries! The purpose of this holiday is to celebrate our beautiful planet and create awareness about how to preserve our natural resources.
In honor of Earth Day, we put together a list of simple things you can do to help the planet. You might think that such small changes won’t make a difference, but every little bit helps. And it all adds up! So, we hope you will save this list and do your best to help our planet!
- Turn off lights when you leave a room.
- Switch to energy efficient light bulbs.
- Turn off and unplug electronics when not in use.
- Recycle! Especially glass, aluminum, and paper (newspapers, magazines, ads).
- Wash laundry with cool or warm water instead of hot.
- Hang clothes to dry whenever possible.
- Only run the washing machine, dryer and dishwasher when they are full. Washing only a half load at a time wastes water, detergent and money.
- Empty the lint filter after every use.
- Wrap gifts with recycled paper, such as newspapers, magazines, etc.
- Ditch the plastic bottled water. Invest in a water filter pitcher or faucet attachment, and use reusable water bottles.
- Bring a travel mug when stopping for your morning coffee or tea.
- Donate, sell or re-purpose old clothes, tools, household items, office supplies, craft supplies, cell phones, moving boxes, etc. instead of throwing them away.
- Shop consignment.
- Go paperless! Sign up for email newsletters and bills to cut down on paper in your home and in the landfills.
- Use reusable shopping bags.
- Switch to rechargeable batteries.
- Carpool, use public transportation, bike or walk to your destination if possible.
- Turn your thermostat one or two degrees warmer in the summer or cooler in the winter. Set your system to go on Standby when you’re away for work or travel.
- Cut down on shower time.
- Switch to a high-efficiency shower head
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
- Use biodegradable cat litter.
- Replace plastic leftover tubs with glass or silicone.
- Purchase in bulk to cut down on packaging.
- Join a local Co-op, or shop at farmers markets.