I try to live a green life every day. I have cloth grocery bags and I turn off the lights whenever I leave the room. But on this official Earth Day, I want to do even more. Here are a few tips for you, in case you are looking for some ways to give back to Mother Earth today and every day.
1. Turn off the lights and electronics when you leave the room. If you look around the house you may discover, as I did, that the toaster, phone charger, coffee maker and other appliances all have a small light or clock that are sucking up electricity when not in use. Unplug them until you need them.
2. www.volunteermatch.org This is one of my favorite sites. If you are looking for a green way (or any way) to volunteer in your community, you can probably find it here. In my community there is a program where volunteers can go to a field, glean the leftover produce, and have it donated to the local food bank. I'm signed up for this one with my kids.
3. Keep reusable bags in your car or near your door so they are easy to grab when you go to the market. And you can even combine purchases from different stores into one bag… just be sure to save your receipts.
4. Recycle your newspapers.
5. Walk or ride a bike instead of driving at least once a week.
6. Have a vegetarian lunch three days a week or more.
7. Check out a book from the library instead of buying a new copy.
8. Get a water filter at home so you can avoid buying bottled water. And if you have all those plastic water bottles at home, reuse them then recycle.
9. When your next bulb goes out, replace it with a compact fluorescent light bulb. They last 10 times as long, and over their lifetime, use 1/4 the energy of an incandescent bulb. That will save $30-$40 on your electric bill. When replacing major appliances purchase energy efficient ones - look for the government's EnergyStar label.
10. Use organic cleaning products like vinegar, borax, and baking soda.
11. Trade Day - If you are destashing your closet, art supplies, or garage set up a trade day with friends. Have everyone bring the items they no longer need which are still in good condition to trade with one another. Whatever is left can be donated to charity.
12. Visit www.greendimes.com to get off all those junk mailing lists. You will be amazed at the difference it makes.
13. Involve your children in your Earth Day celebrations and green ways. Walk them to school and bring a bag to pick up litter along the way. Help them to plant herbs and vegetables in a backyard garden or in pots. They might be interested to eat more vegees if they grown them at home. By educating our children we are building a better tomorrow.
14. Organize a book round up to donate books to your local library.
15. Rinse your laundry in cold water. Hang your wash out to dry.
16. Take shorter showers. If not every day, then at least a few days a week. Taking a four-minute shower instead of an eight-minute shower could save almost 10 gallons of water.
17. YouRenew.com lets you sell or recycle your electronics. You can get cash for the electronics with value or ship it to the company for free and they'll recycle it for you.
18. Use cloth napkins at home.
19. Recycle motor oil, antifreeze and car batteries.
20. Plant a tree!
These are just a few super simple tips that you can do today to make difference. There are so many ways to live a more green lifestyle that will not only help the environment but also save you money and create a more healthy lifestyle for yourself and others.
Happy Earth Day!