Happy Earth Day!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day, bloggy friends! I love that we have a day to celebrate being nice to the earth, but really, every day should be earth day. I am hoping that on a day like today, awareness can be made & even if a few minds are changed, it's a step in the right direction.

Today I am sharing a few things that I do in my everyday life to celebrate Earth Day, every day...
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Reuse your water bottle. Avoid buying bottled water. I use the same water bottle & just go back & forth for re-fills to avoid plastic waste.

Lower your thermostat. We use a space heater that uses the same amount of energy as one light bulb. (we also live in a teeny tiny apartment)


Turn off lights and electronics when you leave the room. Unplug your cell phone charger from the wall when not using it.  If I'm not using something & it doesn't need to be plugged in, I unplug it. There is no use wasting energy.


Buy products that use recyclable materials whenever possible. We buy a lot of products that are made from recyclable materials. 


Recycle products that you use.  We recycle our cardboard boxes, aluminum and tin cans & we've also started a mini table-top compost for leftover food.

Bring your own bags to the grocery store. Given a choice between plastic and paper, opt for paper. I need to be better about remembering my reusable bags... I'm getting better! But when I forget, I always get paper bags & then recycle them.

Go paperless. Consider reading your newspaper and magazine subscriptions online. Switch to electronic banking and credit card payment, too. All of my payments are done online (minus the rent). I've also opted out of receiving catalogs in the mail, I can check out their products online.

Do full loads of laundry and set the rinse cycle to “cold.” Your clothes are still going to come out clean, & you use less energy in the process.

Wash towels after several uses. We use our towels a few times before washing them. Especially the towels we use for our hair. 


Plant a garden.  We have a tiny garden. You can't have much of one in a tiny space, but we've managed to plant & maintain basil, cilantro, bell peepers and chili peppers on our patio.

What do you do in your everyday life to be green?

3 comments:

  1. we recycle, re-use water bottles, carpool, we don't even have AC so does that count? ha and we go paperless. It's not much, but at least it is a start!

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  2. great tips!! h and i are addicted to our brita water filter and we have our own (re-usable) water bottles that we take everywhere with us :) i usually have to was h's towels.. he waits a little TOO long! ah well :) lovely list and happy earth day lady!! xoxo jillian

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  3. Ugh I need to get better at this. Like stat.

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