Earth Day reminds me of the New Year.
Every year on Earth Day, articles begin appearing in your inbox and ads on your browser, reciting facts about how much plastic harms the planet, why you should take shorter showers, and what you can do to help.
Similar to January 1st of every year, every year on Earth Day, another article seems to be an incentive for people to begin recycling, reusing, and taking more care of their planet than ever before.
However, just as fast as our “new year, new me” resolutions are set is just as fast as they begin to fade away– and the same goes for Earth Day.
Taking action to better our planet is easier than you may think.
- Start Composting
- Turn Off the Lights When You’re Not in a Room
- Turn Off the Water When You’re Brushing Your Teeth
- Use Glass Over Plastic
- Decrease Shower Time
- Skip The Dryer and Air Dry Clothes
- Use Energy Efficient Appliances
- Switch to LED Light Bulbs
- Opt-Out of Paper Bank Statments– Go Paperless!
- Recycle Mail, Newspapers, Magazines, Paper, and Cardboard
- Shop For Groceries in Bulk
- Use Cold Water When Showering and/or Doing Laundry
- Try Eating Less Meat (Maybe Commit to Meatless Monday!)
- Use Reusable Products Rather Than Disposable
Outside of the Home
- Go Outside More!
- Bike, Walk, Use Public Transportation, or Carpool to Get to Work and Other Errands and/or Appointments
- Invest in Reusable Shopping Bags
- Buy More Organic Food and Products
- Start a Garden
- Plant a Tree
- Pick Up Litter and Dispose of Trash Properly
- Eliminate the Use of Pesticides in Your Yard
- Use Push Lawn Mowers
- Create Homes for Birds and Other Animals in Your Yard
- Organize Appointments and Errands to Minimize the Number of Days that Require Transportation
- Drive Slower and Be More Gentle with Your Brakes
- Shop at Thrift Stores and Donate Articles of Clothing That You No Longer Wear and/or No Longer Fit
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