most of you know, Earth Day is April 22nd. Each year as Earth Day
rolls around, I notice the sense of camaraderie that takes place within the
community…every one pitching in to help create a cleaner planet. This year, I
encourage everyone to join the “going green” movement.
all lead busy lives, but I want to share with you 7 easy and routine ways you can
help the planet and become one step closer to being environmentally friendly
1. Conserve energy. It sounds cliché, but it’s true! Turning
off or dimming the lights, unplugging your cell phone charger, powering down your
MacBook when you aren’t using it. All of these are simple things that we can do
to be more energy efficient.
2. Eco-bag it. Forget using plastic bags. Invest
in a durable cloth shopping bag that can be reused for each shopping trip. Ladies…don’t
worry. They make fashionable bags that go with every outfit.
3. Reuse and recycle. Invest in a filtered water
bottle. Don’t throw away that plastic! Many neighborhoods and department stores
participate in recycle programs that make it easy to recycle plastics, such as
bottles and bags, and even earn a profit from it. Some places also deduct money
off your bill for reusing bags. FACT: Plastic
can be reused to make clothing and even detergent bottles, and new plastic
products produced from recycled materials uses 2/3 less energy than what’s
required to make plastic products from raw materials (earth911.com)
4. Got email? Opt for e-billing to reduce paper
waste. This simple gesture could save the 1 million trees used each year for
5. Bike more. Drive less. Walking or biking is the best
alternative to getting where you need to go, and it is great exercise. If you
have to drive, drive smarter by carpooling and planning out your errands ahead
of time. Ease up on that gas pedal! Driving slower may not save you time, but
it does save you money and reduce your carbon footprint.
6. Go meatless. According to the Environmental
Working Group, if every American cut out meat and cheese for one day a week it would be the same as taking 7.6 million
cars off the road. Eliminating these items from your diet helps the environment
and is healthier for you. There are several tasty alternatives to meat, such as
eggplant, mushrooms, and tofu. Give it a try!
7. Use natural cleaners. Household items, such as vinegar,
work just as well as cleaners that you buy at the grocery store, and they
transmit fewer chemicals in the air. This makes them better for the health of
your entire household.
Just imagine the
difference we could make by changing our small everyday habits!
Earth Day is a once-a-year event, shouldn’t every day be like Earth Day?
Looking at the bigger picture, contributing to the community should happen year
round. Research organizations that are making positive strides, and get
involved! Check out Liberty Tax’s Community Outreach
page to see the great
things we are doing!