Every year, on April 22nd, we celebrate Earth Day and try and do our part for environmental conservation. Changing your habits doesn’t have to be a chore. There are many small things you can do to limit your impact on the Earth. Check out these simple ways to go green for Earth Day, and beyond.
- Reuse It, Don’t Lose It. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States uses over 380 billion plastic bags and wraps. This takes over 12 million barrels of oil to produce. Neither number is good for the environment. Make reusable bags a habit by keeping several in your trunk or bike basket.
- Turn off the lights in your home when you leave. And buy LED light bulbs. LEDs use up to 85% less energy than other bulbs to light your home, saving you money.
- Take a walk—and don’t forget your reusable water bottle! Bottled water takes a lot of fossil fuel to produce and transport, and most bottles end up in landfills.
- Fix leaky and running toilets faucets. Only 1% of the Earth’s fresh water is accessible, according to National Geographic. Let’s make sure we utilize that 1% the best we can.
- Plant a tree. It’s simple, fun, and you can get your kids involved. Plus, look at these cute gardening aprons you will just HAVE to buy.
- Carpool or Bike. Find coworkers who live near you, or start a carpool club with fellow soccer moms.
- Go paperless.Most of your bill-paying services probably offer an option to pay online. Make the switch today and reduce the amount of paper in your life.
- Show the world you love it. Don’t be afraid to shout your love affair with Earth from the rooftops. Awareness is what Earth Day is all about.