Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day Tips

• Ride a bike or walk to school.
• Use last year's school supplies.
• Buy a canvas and cardboard binders instead of plastic.
• Buy recycled paper.
• Use reusable water bottles instead of plastic.
• Use a lunch box, not paper bags.
• Donate last year's clothes instead of throwing them away.
• Buy online to avoid driving.
• Buy organic food.
• Turn your computer off when you're not using it.
• Decorate your lunchbox.
• Make your own bookmarks.
• Organize a clothes swap with your friends.
• Carpool to sports.
• Use refillable pens and pencils.
• Reuse your backpack. Decorate it with cool patches.

Save water by decreasing your shower time -- or rather take a bath, which uses less water than a shower.

Get in the habit of brushing your teeth with the water off, and encourage your children to do so, as well.

Recycle – junk mail, cell phones, paper products, plastic bags, and more.

Switch from paper and plastic bags to reusable bags and totes.

Forget the electric or gas dryer, and hang dry your clothing.

Opt for direct deposit, online banking, and paperless statements to reduce your paper usage.

Try your hand at composting (planting scraps from fruits, veggies, and coffee grounds outside), which will help create better soil and less landfill waste.

Don’t purchase disposable water bottles, but rather use recyclable (and refillable) beverage containers that you can fill with filtered water.

Unplug all of your appliances when you leave the house to save energy (and prevent a fire hazard).

If possible, take public transportation or walk.

Don’t use plastic storage containers, and definitely do not heat food within a plastic container in the microwave.

Keep one set of dishes at the office, including: a cup, utensils, bowl, and plate. This will prevent you from reaching for disposable utensils, cups, and plates.

Save stained or ill-fitting clothing to use for dusting and cleaning.

Use rechargeable batteries -- Duracell now has a line of pre-charged rechargeable batteries!

Purchase used items from thrift stores, garage sales, flea markets, and more.

Rent movies and borrow books, instead of purchasing. Netflix and Blockbuster make it easy by delivering the flicks right to your door.

Buy groceries in bulk, as it reduces packaging and the number of trips you take to the grocer. Purchase a membership to a wholesale club, such as Costco or BJ’s.

If possible, buy items that use less packaging.

Purchase locally produced food at farmer’s markets and even road-side stands.

Purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, instead of jarred, canned, or frozen.

Purchase organic foods, as they don’t contain pesticides and harmful chemicals, in addition to organic cotton.

Select soy or beeswax candles, instead of paraffin candles.

Use healthy and environmentally friendly cosmetics, such as mineral-based cosmetics and natural bath products.


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