Just because Earth Day is behind us doesn’t mean we should rest on our environmental laurels. Nope, let this year be the year that we make every day Earth Day. While I might not be the biggest – or most innovative – environmentalist, I have picked up a bevy of tips along the way, from those who are. I really hope you’ll join me on this journey as we take small steps every day to protect Mother Earth. She IS a beauty.
Take a walk. If you live in a city, you have an opportunity to not only cut greenhouse gas emissions, but to support some local businesses in the process. For date night, try taking a romantic stroll to that little neighborhood spot you’ve been wanting to try. Need that jolt of coffee first thing in the morning? Why not give that new coffee shop that opened down the street a chance? And you’ve got to get groceries at some point, so why not try walking to the market when you have a small shopping list? Not only will you reduce pollution and support local businesses, but you’ll also get it a little additional workout for the day. Win-win any way you look at it.
Farmers Market: Speaking of buying local, shop your local farmer’s market. Fresh produce grown locally not only supports your local farmers and but also reduces the number of miles your fruits and vegetables travel to reach your table. And the other benefits -freshly picked food is more flavorful, contains the maximum nutritional value, and lasts longer, saving you money and the long run.
Grocery game. When shopping at your local grocery stores, be sure to keep your reusable bags in the car or anywhere they’re easy to remember, and readily available. What kinds of bags can be reused? Grocery bags, totes, gym bags, canvas bags, shopping bags and more. And they can be bought for super cheap (I’m talking 99-cents cheap!) at stores like Marshall’s and TJ Maxx, and they’re really cute to carry, as well, so they can even double as beach bags!
Energize and recycle. When it’s time to buy a new appliance, be sure to look for the EPA’s Energy Star sticker, which will save not only energy, but money for years to come! Finished with those appliances and electronics? Instead of just trashing them, take that small extra step to see if they can be recycled. It might take you 5 minutes, but it can do a lifetime of good.
Mind your mutts. It’s not only polite to pick up after your pooches, but did you know that when you don’t, the waste actually often migrates into storm drains and pollutes our water? Always keep bags for easy puppy cleanup handy on the leash to prevent pollution, and to make your neighbors verrry happy!
Watch your water usage. California is in a state of water shortage, and other states aren’t far behind – but, with just a few simple changes, you can save water with minimal effort. It might go without saying, but when you’re brushing your teeth, turn the faucet off. You don’t need it! It’s a habit that can be easily broken, and can make a big impact on our planet. Another one? Take a shower instead of a bath. Take daily showers, and save the baths for a once-a-week treat. You’ll save nearly 60 gallons of water by doing so. Be mindful when running your dishwasher or washing machine, and only run them with full loads. As for outside the home, only water your lawn and garden in the early morning hours. These are super simple solutions to help conserve water…so what are you waiting for?