In celebration of Earth Day, here are the some of the easiest things you can do to save the planet (seriously, like minimal effort). Most of us should know and be doing these things already, but a little reminder is always helpful.
- Turn off electronics at night. Lights, appliances, computers, seriously, you are not using it while you sleep. Better yet, unplug them.
- Use your washing machine on a cold cycle.
- Line dry. Not only better for the planet, but also for your wardrobe and your wallet.
- Don’t flush for number one!
- Turn off the tap while brushing, soaping, washing, etc. Don’t leave the water running!
- Take a shorter shower. Set a timer. For every two minutes less you spend under the shower, about 35 litres of water are saved!
- Only do laundry when you have a full load.
- Save some paper. Use one less paper napkin, both sides of printer paper; save extra for scrap. Make all your mail and billing digital.
- Quit the bottled water. Quit it, seriously. About 90 per cent of plastic water bottles are not recycled, and they take thousands of years to decompose. Buy a reusable bottle and fill it with filtered tap water.
- Buy local.Consider the amount of pollution created to get your food from the farm to your table. Whenever possible, buy from local producers, supporting your local economy and reducing the amount of greenhouse gas created when products are flown or trucked in.
- Consider reusable options. We throw way too much away. Even the jar you buy your spaghetti sauce in can be reused for leftovers versus buying plastic containers. Be smart and creative.
- Don’t throw it away, donate. When you upgrade, consider that someone else may appreciate what you have.
- Plastic bags are for losers. Bring your reusable bags. When you are picking up just one or two items, say no to the bag.
- Stop buying disposable products!
- Carpool. Less cars on the road means less pollution, saves gas, saves money, reduces traffic and encourages good convo. P.S. a short walk isn’t that bad either!
- Boycott businesses that are harmful polluters, or anyone who sells any product that can cause pollution. Be an educated consumer!
- Skip the meat once a week. Sure, you love your meat, but I think a planet to live on may be an oomph more important. It requires insane amounts of water and space (deforestation) to rear livestock. Educate yourself!
There is so much we can do to be a little greener; these are just some of the easiest tricks. These little things do make a huge difference, but consider re-assessing your current habits and really going that extra mile (on foot of course) to reduce your human footprint!
Share the knowledge! Take what you’ve learned, and pass the knowledge on to others. If every person you know could take one small step toward being greener, the collective effort could be phenomenal.
You can make a difference. Ignore the ignorant, keep doing what you do.