Earth Day: 10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Earth Day is this Sunday, April 22. There is no better time than the present to appreciate Mother Earth and practice conservation. Here are some little things that we do around our house that are easy and make a difference:

Water conservation

Not rinsing dishes before we put them in the dishwasher (it was a hard behavioral pattern to stop!)
Collect cold water in a bucket in the shower before the water gets warm and use it to water inside/outside plants
Brush teeth without water running
Collect rain water in barrel and water outside plants
Use low flow toilets

Energy conservation

Install a programmable thermostat
Replace air filters regularly
Wrap water heater in a blanket
Unplug electronic devices (they still use electricity if turned off and plugged in)
Change our light bulbs to CFL bulbs
Recycle cardboard, glass, plastic, newspaper, aluminum, magazines, etc.
Hang energy-efficient curtains over windows
Install window liner during winter season to insulate wall

Grocery shop with a fabric bag and save the paper and plastic
Reuse water bottles and cut plastic usage
Plant a tree

Resources

After watching Al Gore’s documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”, I learned little things we can all do daily from the Climate Crisis web site. There is even a calculator to determine our personal carbon footprint.

Treehugger.com is another good resource to get ideas.

I also use Freecycle to clean house, avoid taking items to the dump and to share with those in need.  I just unloaded a mattress and headboard to a woman for her grandson’s bedroom!

Reduce junk mail

Cut direct mail catalogs and junk mail – use Catalog Choice to stop receiving unwanted catalogs.

An new organization called 41pounds.org promises to completely remove you from up to 95% of the junk mail lists by contacting each organization from which you receive mail and/or catalogs for a one-time fee of $41.

Here is an opt-out guide to junk your junk mail from The Center for the New American Dream.

Local Earth Day Events

Saturday, April 20, is “Forsyth County’s Great American Cleanup at Fowler Park, 110 Carolene Way, off of Atlanta Highway across from the intersection with Castleberry Road. To participate in the Great American Cleanup in Forsyth County, register online at the Connect Forsyth Web site.

Target is giving away a free reusable bag per shopper on Earth Day!

Bring one of your current skincare products (either full or empty) to any Origins counter, and they’ll swap it out for a full-size sample of one of their gentle, high-performance cleansers. Visit your local Origins store to receive either A Perfect World SPF 25 Age-defense moisturizer with White Tea or the Starting Over Age-erasing moisturizer with Mimosa.

The National Park Service is offering free admission to all 397 national parks to celebrate Earth Day and National Park Week, April 21 to April 29.

Barnes & Noble has an assortment of kids’ toys and games marked down 20% to celebrate Earth Day. Plus receive free shipping on orders of $25 or more.

Good luck! Remember to reduce, reuse, recycle whenever you can. How are you helping the environment?


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