Thursday, April 26, 2012

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Beyond

In honor of Earth Day, our children's schools celebrate Earth Week, with fun earth friendly activities each day.  Here are some suggestions on being earth friendly:
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Compost

Walk or ride your bike when possible.  If you must drive, take public transportation, carpool or rideshare.  Keep tires inflated.


Conserve water - Don't let faucets run. Never water your lawn at midday. Place a brick in old toilets. Take low flow short showers. Run the dishwasher only when it is full. Let grass grow longer. Plant native or drought-tolerant garden plants.

Don't use pesticides/herbicides on your lawn - Along with nitrogen fertilizer runoff, these are major water pollutants.

Quit smoking - Second-hand smoke is a major indoor air pollutant and health hazard. When you quit, both you and your family will lead longer and healthier lives.

Eat less meat/eat more local and organic foods - start with Meatless Monday.

Eat Peace
Lower your thermostat in the winter. Raise it in the summer

Dispose of old paint, chemicals, and oil properly - Don't put batteries, antifreeze, paint, motor oil, or chemicals in the trash. Use proper toxics disposal sites.

Never buy more than you need.  Consider the environmental costs of major decisions and purchases

Work locally and globally to save natural places, reduce urban sprawl, lower pollution and prevent the destruction of wilderness areas for timber and oil.

Take a walk in the woods, or plant trees which store CO2. Teaching our children to love and care for the planet is the most important thing we can do to insure the future of humankind.

For more earth friendly tips, check out globalstewards.org and ecologyfund.com.

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4 comments:

  1. All good tips.

    Eat vegan or as low as you can on the food chain at least once a week.

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  2. Do not buy bottled water.
    Bring your own shopping bags and not only to the grocery store.
    Air/sun dry your laundry if possible

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  3. ...water your lawn? :)

    Great tips. We do a lot of air drying laundry...it helps that 90% of my clothes can't go into the dryer.

    We're lucky to live right in the center of town, so walking/bike riding is a viable option for a lot of things.

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