It’s Easy to Make Earth Day Every Day

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This week, numerous Earth Day events took place around the world and brought environmental concerns to the forefront.  Hopefully, many people realized just how easy it is to live a more sustainable lifestyle.  Today, I’ll highlight some of the everyday items we use that have greener alternatives available.  To help you celebrate, many stores have these eco-friendly items on sale this week which makes it even more affordable to “go green” with your household purchases.

  • Paper products (paper towels, napkins, paper plates, tissues, copy paper, etc.).  Look at the package to find those products made with recycled content.  Approximately 4 billion trees are cut down each year just to make paper, so you can see why it is so important for us to save trees.  Trees help stop global warming by removing carbon dioxide from the air, by storing carbon in the trees and the soil, and by releasing oxygen into the atmosphere.  They provide cooling shade, block cold winter winds, attract birds and wildlife, purify our air, prevent soil erosion, and clean our water.  Learn how you can get 10 free trees to plant here.
  • Plastic products (water bottles, food storage containers, disposable flatware and cups, packaging, diapers, etc.).   Plastic is a petroleum-based product, it leaches chemicals, and is detrimental to the environment in its manufacturing, use and disposal.  An eco-friendly alternative to a disposable water bottle is to use a re-usable metal bottle that doesn’t leach toxins into your drinking water or end up sitting in a landfill for hundreds of years.  A safer way to store your leftovers is with a glass or metal container with a BPA-free plastic lid.   Look for household and food items that have the least amount of packaging, especially plastic wrapped.  Use real silverware instead of disposable, non-recyclable plastic forks, knives, spoons, and cups.  To avoid 5000+ diapers from filling up the landfill just from one baby, try flushable cloth diaper liners to minimize what gets thrown away, or “gDiapers” which are PVC-free, chlorine-free, biodegradable, compostable, flushable, and breathable.
  • Lightbulbs.  When your outdated incandescent lightbulbs burn out, replace them with energy-efficient compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) or super efficient Light-emitting diodes (LEDs).  They’ll use just a fraction of the energy that incandescents use and last for much longer.  There is a CFL made to replace any lightbulb in your house (even nightlights!).
  • Batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt, and digital camera batteries).  Go rechargeable!  The disposable alkaline batteries that you’re familiar with typically contain trace amounts of mercury and other elements, plus they cost more over time than rechargeable batteries.

Tag(s): Green Living, Greening the Home


One Response to “It’s Easy to Make Earth Day Every Day”

  1. Jen on April 28th, 2009 8:19 pm

    help save the rainforests!!

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