Be Earth Friendly: It’s Easy Being Green
I’m always looking fo ways to educate myself on isssues going on around me. One of them is Earth Day. Yes we all know some things, but do we know everything? I woke up this morning thinking what could I do today, on Earth Day. Well thanks to a commercial from Oprah, I found things I could do today and thought I would share with you. There are a few things I already knew about and you may too but a friendly reminder to us all could help keep our plant Earth Friendly.
A Mug of Your Own
Every year Americans throw away 25 billion polystyrene cups and 25 billion individual water bottles, most of which end up in landfills. Instead buy a reusable to-go mug and a bottle that you can refill with filtered tap water. Bring your own (to a coffee shop, a meeting), and you cut down on Styrofoam
Want a Lick?
A cone beats a cup. Why? “You’re eating your silverware instead of using plastic,” says Matthew Modine, a passionate promoter of earth-friendly policies. “It’s all about consuming less, using fewer of the resources needed to make products and packaging.”
Clean Without Chemicals
Natural cleansers like vinegar and baking soda do a great job without harming the planet. “And,” Matthew says, “a little vegetable oil and lemon juice makes a great wood polish.”
Get reusable cloth bags for the grocery store and the dry cleaner. More than 100 billion plastic bags are thrown away every year.
Stop Junk Mail
Every year 100 million trees are chopped down for junk mail sent to American homes. Contact the direct marketing association at dmachoice.org/mps to remove our name from mailing lists of their members.
A Better TP
Recycled toilet paper is scratchier than three-ply, but it’s much softer for our environment.
How Many People Does It Take To…
Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) use four times less energy than incandescent ones. If every American family substituted five CFL bulbs for incandescent, it would be equivalent to taking eight million cars off the road for a year. Ball says “They cost a little more up front, but they last up to 15 times longer.”
De-Lint the Dryer
Lint builds up after every dryer cycle, reducing the machine’s efficiency. Removing it does a lot to decrease its usually massive energy use. (Now this is a new one for me. Only de-linted the dryer when I absolutely had too).
Shorten Your Showers
Low-flow showerheads would be a big improvement. “If they’re well designed, the pressure should still feel good,” says Laurie David, another prominent activist in Hollywood. “For every two minutes you shave off your shower, you save 10 gallons of water.” (Have you every waited for your teenage kid to get out of the shower? Mine will be practicing this tip more).
The average computer left on all day uses nearly 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year, producing more than a ton of carbon emissions. So turn off your computer anytime you’re not on it, and eliminate the screen saver function, which uses more energy than the sleep mode.
Pick Safe Paints
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, architectural coatings such as paints and varnishes are the second-largest source of fumes from volatile organic compounds, substances that evaporate at room temperature and react in sunlight to form photochemical smog. Look for cans with “No VOC.” We’ll all breathe easier.
My Earth Friendly Tip To You
Use Bamboo kitchenware. Bamboo is actually a grass. This sustainable and renewable resource naturally replaces itself by constantly sending up new shoots from it’s root system, so there’s no need for replanting. To find out how you can go green and be earth friendly in your kicthen, visit www.noelskitchen.com, and look for Bamboo.
Teach Your Kids About The Environment
Looking for a book to help get your children aware of our environmental problems, and help you teach them in a fun and exciting way! THIS IS IT! Easy workbook style. Easy Read, Fun projects that can be adapted to children of different ages! If you are teacher of young children, this book is a must! Help the young learn now and they will grow up into the next generation that will protect our earth! This book will definitely show children how they can start solving environmental problems right now! Earth Day For Kids: Activities To Help Heal The Environment by Linda Schwartz.
Have an Earth Friendly tip? Please share and let us know what you are doing today to be Earth Friendly.