Did you know that the first Earth Day was April 22, 1970? Earth Day started because a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin named Gaylord Nelson was concerned with the environment after the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Twenty million people celebrated that first year. Today over 500 million people participate in Earth Day events.
This year Earth Day is April 22nd. It is a day to appreciate our environment and to preserve it. It is up to each one of us to take responsibility for our own habits and our own individual impact on the environment.
There are lots of easy ways to begin to make green changes in your lifestyle which are better for your health and the earth. Plus, these changes can save you time, energy, and money.
Conserve water by taking shorter showers aqnd turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth and also when washing dishes. Wash full loads of laundry in your washing machine. Fix water leaks from dripping faucets. Buy a low flow showerhead and faucet aerator to reduce wastage.
Keep your home energy efficient by making sure your home is well insulated. Replace bulbs with compact fluorescent ones. Turn off lights, computers, and air conditioners when not in use. Turn down thermostats. Check doors, ceilings, and windows for cracks and leaks. Use energy efficient appliances that contain the Energy Star label.
Recycle all papers, plastics, cans, glass, and cardboard. Cut down on junk mail. Pay your bills online.
Purchase recycled items from the store, like wrapping paper, napkins, paper towels and toilet paper. Look for paper alternatives that are tree-free, such as hemp, banana paper, and Kenaf. Purchase products in recycled packaging that are recyclable. Save paper and save trees.
When possible, bike, walk, take mass transit or carpool. Organize your day so you can accomplish your errands in one trip. Look into purchasing alternative fuel vehicles and electric transportation.
When food shopping, purchase organic produce and organic milks. Products labeled "certified organic" are originally grown and meet strict criteria. When possible, buy in bulk and avoid purchasing disposable products and aerosols. Use rechargeable batteries and replaceable razors instead. Ask for paper rather than plastic bags when packing food OR bring reusable bags to the grocery store. Cut down on meat and eat more vegetables.
When shopping for clothes, look for organically-grown cotton or hemp clothing.
When purchasing body care products, such as soaps, lotions, and cosmetics, look for products that are made with all-natural ingredients.
Use cloth diapers instead of disposables for your baby. Purchase PVC-free toys. Buy organic baby food.
Invest your money in companies that are green.
Reduce indoor air pollution in your home by using non-toxic cleaners, solvents, pesticides, and paints. Purchase natural household products. Save money by making your own natural homemade house cleaning products. Fill your home with indoor plants to clean the air. Use organic pesticide products instead of toxic pesticides.
Educate yourself and your family on green ways to preserve the Earth. Teach your children to take care of our environment in and outside the home.
Every little bit we do for our beautiful Earth counts!