Friday is Earth Day. This is the one day of the year that the entire world joins together to bring attention to the environment with hopes that it will lead to a more sustainable existence.
There are many things through the year that each one of us can do to make a difference. If each person. Each person
1.) Use reusable bags: Do you know that if you even reused a paper bag from the grocery store you would save 60 000 trees.
2.) Recycle everything you possibly can. Recycling one aluminium can saves enough energy to power a television for three hours or to run a 100-watt light bulb for almost four hours. The most eco friendly thing to do is to cut out of your life things that you do not need that come in aluminum cans. Things like sodas, junk food. Green and Save.
3.) Recycle All Glass: Glass is can be put in the recycle bin and on a shelf within 30 days. Recycling glass helps to reduce our dependence on oil. One ton of glass saves about nine gallons of fuel oil and one sixth of a ton of carbon dioxide.
4.) Recycle Batteries: Batteries leak toxic chemicals into our water. Nickel, lead, mercury and cadmium to name a few. Most cities have FREE battery recycling events. Buy rechargeable batteries and you can recycle them for free at Home Depots. You will save money by using rechargeable batteries as well.
5.) Quit the Styrofoam; Styrofoam does not biodegrade and contains toxic chemicals, as well the increases our dependence on oil. Green your coffee by taking your mug and support your local food take-out places that use cardboard instead of styrofoam. Did you know that Americans throw out over 25 Trillion styrofoam cups a year.
6.) Buy organic; Today it is easier and almost as economical to buy from local organic farmers and merchants. The benefits are so numerous, supporting local businesses and supporting businesses that do not use deadly pesticides. Better for your health and the environment.
7.) Reuse; almost everything you have or purchase can be reused. Wrapping paper, shoes, clothing, cell phones and paper.
8.) Go Paperless; If you have to use paper use recycled paper. 24 trees are cut to make 1 ton of paper. Recycle paper creates 70% less pollution.
9.) Wean yourself from the bottle; Bottled water in America uses 17 million barrels of oil a year. It takes 13 gallons of water to make 1 gallon of water. How much of that extra 12 gallons of water could be used in the 13 drought ridden states in the USA? Not only that using tap water instead of bottled water can save you up to $1000/year.
10.) Use less stuff; Buying less will not only save you money, it will help save the earth. Less in landfills, less trash and litter, less toxic waste.
There are hundreds of other ways you can Green and Save: turn off lights, buy CFL’s, control your temperature, plant trees around the house, compost, grow your own food, donate and more. What is important, that you start now for a more sustainable you at the home and at the office.