We’re big believers in celebrating Earth Day, but it’s also just only one day out of the year. But what if you didn’t just wait for Earth Day to do something nice for Mother Earth? There are simple, earth-friendly steps that you can take on a daily basis to keep it feeling like Earth Day every day.
1) Conserve Water
According to How Stuff Works, an average American family of four uses approximately 400 gallons of water everyday (Yikes!). There are easy steps, like turning off the water while brushing your teeth or washing your hands, that can help save water. Also, run only full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine to help conserve.
This is nothing new, yet according to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), there was only about a 34% recycling rate in America in 2012. So stop sending all your trash to landfills and recycle items like aluminum cans, paper, batteries, or anything else you feel like today!
3) Shop Local and/or Organic
Support your local farmers by choosing to shop at farmers markets when possible. The food is clean, natural, and often times organic. If shopping at farmers’ markets isn’t as feasible, then buy organic at grocery stores. Most larger grocery stores are beginning to carry a wider selection of organic products, which make it easier to shop.
4. Turn Lights Off When Not in Use
How many times do you leave a room without turning the lights off? Well, if you use incandescent or halogen light bulbs, then turn the lights off whenever they aren’t needed because they are the least two energy efficient types of light bulbs on the market. As for CFL’s, they are already energy efficient, so they’re a little more complicated. A good rule of thumb is to turn them off if you’ll be out of the room for 15 minutes or longer (energy.gov).
5. Bring Your Own Reusable Grocery Bags
Next time you go for a grocery run, opt to bring your own reusable bags rather than using the store’s paper or plastic. If you are like most American’s who accumulate what seems like hundreds of plastic grocery bags, then choose to recycle them. Larger stores like Walmart are starting to provide public recycle bins that take plastic bags, film, and wrap.