Today, April 22nd is Earth Day - the only day of the whole year that is officially devoted to making the planet, the earth and our world a better place in terms of helping the environment. It's actually the 46th year of this movement which is pretty amazing and Earth Day are leading the way towards planting 7.8 billion trees and making cities 100% renewable. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Amazing, right? Here are 5 things that you can do in order to make your life more environmentally friendly and lower your own personal carbon footprint!
1. Conserve WaterSkip rinsing your dishes before they go in the dishwasher - this can save up to 20 gallons of water per dishwasher load plus you're saving the energy used to heat that additional water and your own time too.
2. Go Meat-FreeAt least once a week, try going meat free if you're not already vegetarian or vegan. It requires 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef and for each hamburger that originates from animals raised on rainforest lane, 55 square feet of forest would have been destroyed.
3. Shop With Sustainable BrandsThere's no point you being amazing to the environment and trying your best if you're still shopping with brands that aren't being nice t0 the planet. Teeki are one of the great brands that UNiDAYS® work with that are all kinds of great to the environment. All of Teeki's clothing is made from fabric that is spun from fibers made out of recycled plastic water bottles. It is then cut, printed and hand sewn using only environmentally friendly practices. Teeki manufacture everything in the US, providing jobs for our country and reducing our carbon footprint.
4. Re-Use & RecycleReplace things like plastic bags with cotton tote bags that you can re-use every time you go to the store in stead of buying and storing a tonne of plastic bags. If you already have a stash of plastic grocery store bags, use them until they wear out and then invest in some cotton totes. Recycle everything that you can from plastic to glass to cans that store food, contact your local council if you don't know what your areas recycling stance is.
5. Laundry - Go Big!Only wash your laundry when you definitely have a full load in the machine, this will save you doing smaller and less full loads and thus save energy and water. Plus, you could switch to a cooler wash and save even more energy. Most clothes do not need to be washed in really hot water anyway as they usually just need freshening up. Obviously if things are really soiled for example they have mud or grass stains on them from college sports, these will need a higher heat. Normal clothes won't need to be washed at a heat this high. Turn down the heat, save energy! [blockquote quote="Earth Day Network’s mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations." name="Earth Day.org"]
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