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Compost Food Scraps
Whether you're cooking or eating an apple, we tend to produce a variety of kitchen scraps that can be composted. You can buy a composter or make your own, but stop throwing away all of those great nutrients that could end up in your garden or back in nature. Think about the environment when you're in the kitchen, and put your scraps to good use.
Stop Using Disposable Plastics
Another vital way to protect the earth is to lose the throwaway attitude. Did you know that in 2016 six million tons of single use plastic was thrown away? Skip the plastic whenever you can and take reusable containers and silverware with you. If you can't, use that plastic as long as you can (not just once) or recycle it if you can.
Ditch that Straw
Use natural cleaning products
Natural cleaning products aren't just better for the environment, they're better for you too. They don't produce noxious fumes or harm your skin. It can also reduce the risk of accidental poisoning in the home. If you use organic products, harmful chemicals aren't being poured down your drain and ending up in water sources. Sure, the water is treated but some chemicals like phosphates can still end up making their way to lakes and rivers. So, why not just use something more environmentally friendly?
Replace Wood paper products
Paper towels, tissues, toilet paper, and other paper products can be replaced with reusable, compostable, and/or sustainable products. Try bamboo paper towels or bamboo and sugarcane toilet paper. You can also make your own "paper towels" with old clothing or purchased cloth. No matter what you choose, you're taking a step in the right direction.
Bring your own bag
All you have to do is take one look around you to see that plastic bags end up stuck in the trees or floating in rivers. Rather than using plastic bags, bring your own reusable bag. You can make or purchase one quite easily for small cost. Then you can rest assured plastic bags won't be filling up land fills or floating around choking the environment.
Don't Obsess about a Green Lawn
Watering lawns uses more than 40 million gallons of water a year according to Mark Richardson, New England Wildflower Society's Botanic Garden Director. Growing grass and not allowing "weeds," which are a combination of wildflowers and other plants to grow creates a lack of biodiversity and hurts insects and animals. Plus, all that fertilizer and pesticide you're using washes off into bodies of water where animals drink. Not to mention bees are sensitive to smell and some of those products you're using may be chasing them away.
Plant a Pollinator Garden
Do Meatless Mondays
Alright, it doesn't have to be Monday but the alliteration is great! Most of us tend to more meat than we actually need to survive, thus driving up our carbon footprint. Going without meat will help lessen the greenhouse gases that are put into the air, cut down on water pollution, and lead to less deforestation for livestock grazing. Besides, many medical studies have found that too much meat leads to obesity and raises cancer risk factors.
Don't Throw Away Old Clothes
Don't stop trying!
The biggest takeaway should be that no matter what you do, you should do something. Don't just do it once and say you made a difference. Find things in your everyday life you can change so you can be more ecofriendly. Then teach your children to do it. Convince your friends to get involved. We only have one planet, so every day should be Earth Day.
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