Earth Day isn’t the only day you can take steps to make the environment better. How we treat the earth is a decision each of us can make every single day. Together, small, individual earth-friendly actions combine to have tremendous impact. You might already be taking some steps. Expand on those and double your impact! Here’s how:
Become a Conscious Consumer
You’ve been a recycling aficionado for years. You try to buy organic and eat healthy. Now it’s time to bump it up a notch. Think twice before you buy something you don’t need. When you do buy something new, give away something old. You can donate unwanted items to a local charity or school. Always read labels when you are shopping too. Support eco-friendly companies like those listed on Greenopia.
Twist the Knobs
Energy-efficient appliances? Check! Insulation around the hot water heater? Check! Washing clothes in cold or warm water instead of hot? Check! While you might be an energy-saving hero, there’s one thing you might not be doing: turning the knobs off on your faucets. Yes, it sounds like a no-brainer. But so often, we don’t twist hard enough to complete stop them from dripping. And a leaking faucet is a huge waste of water and energy.
Gift Trees, Instead of Goodies
Discarded and unwanted gifts often get returned to a retailer. Many of those returns never make it back onto a store’s shelves or in their inventory. They leave a giant carbon footprint as they accumulate in landfills. According to recent estimates, it’s over 4 billion pounds of [landfill] waste generated a year in the US from reverse logistics. That’s not even counting the bags and boxes we accumulate while we're doing our gift shopping and the wrapping products that get tossed once a present is opened. Gift-giving doesn't have to hurt environment. Give the gift of trees instead of goodies.
Save Even More Water
Did you know that producing one pound of beef takes about 2,500 gallons of water? And that one shower uses 17.2 gallons of precious H2O? If you take daily showers, you may be doing more harm to your body than good. A new study shows that bathing too often is bad for your skin. So, eating one less meat meal per week and taking a shower every other day can really cut down on wasted water and help heal the earth. Plus, your skin will thank you.
Talk the Talk
Make climate change and environmental awareness part of your social fabric. Join groups such as Greenpeace or Sierra Club where you can have fun while learning more about the issues hurting our planet and how to solve them.
Little by little, develop simple, practical, daily habits that impact our environment in positive ways. Share your knowledge, pass along the green tips, and always be proud of the work you’re doing to reduce your carbon footprint.
What steps are you taking to double your impact? Let us know!
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