Small changes in your every day life add up to big leaps towards a better future. In honor of Earth Day, we’ve created a go-to guide of 10 simple tips that will help you do your part in keeping Mother Earth healthy and happy.
DON’T PRE-HEAT THE OVEN
Which is great since nobody likes waiting around! Unless you are making bread or pastries, just turn the oven on and start baking!
Get a clothes line and dry your clothes outside.. What says ‘breezy summer day’ better than garments flowing in the wind?
Or any other day of the week. Try a vegetarian recipe one day a week to save water and trees! Why? Ponder this.. it takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef.
INVEST IN A WATER BOTTLE
We’re all about staying hydrated. But nearly 90% of all bottled water containers are not recycled. Use a water bottle instead to save money and the environment.
SHED A FEW POUNDS
Of paper bills and junk mail that is. Opt for a paperless bill pay system and opt out of spam mail services. If all else fails.. Recycle rather than dump!
SHOP WITH STYLE
Stock up on reusable tote bags and bring them with you on your shopping adventures. Not only are totes more fashionable, they reduce waste of plastic shopping bags.
USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM
Carpooling saves you money, and walking, biking or busing to work or social events will be more fun with some company.
LIVE IN THE DARK
Or at least turn off the lights when you leave a room, and use natural light as much as possible.
DONATE OLD CLOTHING
Rule of thumb: if you haven’t worn it in over a year.. give it up! You will help someone less fortunate who will appreciate it more.
SEPARATE YOUR GARBAGE
Who doesn’t like digging through trash? Throw on some gloves and separate recyclables, compostables and trash. It’s kinda fun and Mother Earth will thank you.