Earth Day is a great opportunity to review our ecological footprints and consider ways in which we can reduce our daily impact. Start with the “scavenger hunt” of your home to search for areas where you can reduce waste, energy, and water use. You won’t be only conserving natural resources, but the savings you generate can help your wallet too! Check out our quick tips on how you can become more eco conscious:
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Have old outdoor gear, toys, or clothes that you want to replace? Host a neighborhood clothing or toy swap. This is a great way to find a new home for items you’re looking to swap for some new goodies, and reduce waste by diverting your unwanted belongings from landfills.
Get creative with some environmentally-inspired Do-It-Yourself projects! Transform your old T-shirts into fun reusable shopping totes, or reuse the jars from your favorite beauty products for succulents.
Bring your reusable bags when you head to the grocery store. The effects of plastic on the environment can be devastating. Plastic bags can take between 15 and 1,000 years to break down, and that’s assuming they even make it into a landfill instead of winding up in water such as streams, rivers or the ocean — or floating around the neighborhood. Of the 100 billion plastic shopping bags Americans use each year, only about 1 percent are recycled.
Use Earth-friendly cleaning supplies. There are so many more cost-effective, green-friendly options to choose from today. Go through your current cleaning supplies with your family and then go shopping for some earth-friendly supplies — or make your own from ingredients in your own pantry!
Save the energy - It’s not just about saving money on your electric bill. Remember to turn off lights and electric appliances when not in use. Another great way to save the energy is by switching to energy-saving light bulbs. The Environmental Protective Agency reports that if every household in the U.S. replaced just one standard incandescent light bulb with an energy-efficient one, the nation would save about $600 million annually in energy costs.
Start a Compost Bin. Composting is an excellent way to feed the soil, organisms in the soil and plant life while reducing waste. Teach your friends & family about composting by setting up your first bin together.