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Happy Earth Day! Earth Day began in 1970 as a way to promote environmental awareness.
Here are some easy things you can do to help preserve our planet:
Educate yourself and your family about the environment and why it’s important to take care of our planet.
Use as many locally grown foods as possible.
Use eco-friendly cleaning products.
Plant trees and plants native to your area.
Encourage children to make nature crafts.
Hold a garage sale or donate household items and clothing you no longer use or need.
Walk or ride your bike instead of driving everywhere. It's not only good for reducing your carbon footprint, it's good for reducing your waistline.
Keep your neighborhood clean. Never litter, and if you see litter, pick it up and toss it into a trashcan.
Recycle everything you can. Many communities now pick up recyclables at your curb. These include newspapers, magazines, office paper, cardboard, metal cans, glass, and plastics. It's just as easy to put out the recycling as it is to put out the trash. Just use separate receptacles.
Use both sides of the paper. This cuts down on paper waste by fifty percent. The reverse side of mail, homework, office memos, etc. can be used for scrap paper, shopping lists, or your kids' arts & crafts projects. The Sunday comics section of the newspaper makes for fun wrapping paper.
Purchase paper towels that allow you to tear off smaller sheets. Not every spill needs a full sheet of paper towel. And use sponges instead of paper towels whenever possible.
Don't leave the water running while you brush your teeth and floss.
Showers use less water than baths.
If you have in-ground sprinkles, turn them off when it's raining or if there's been rain recently. I can't tell you how many times I see sprinklers going on a rainy day or the day after we've had storms.
Turn off lights when you leave the room, and switch out your incandescent bulbs to energy efficient ones.
Don't stand in front of the open refrigerator, contemplating the contents.
When washing your car, use a bucket instead of the hose.
Remember, only you can save the planet. Happy Earth Day!