4 Simple Things You Can Do for Earth Day
Earth Day is celebrated worldwide every year on April 22nd. This is a day to show your support for environmental protection. It is our responsibility to keep the environment healthy and safe for our family and friends.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a healthy community is one that continuously creates and improves both its physical and social environments, helping people to support one another in aspects of daily life and to develop to their fullest potential.
Let us all make an effort to help the environment and work towards reaching positive goals and healthier changes in our community! You can start by making healthier environmental changes starting right at your own home!
- Be creative and think of ways to find new uses for that piece of cardboard. You can always find new uses for common household items.
Instead of getting plastic bags at the grocery store, keep reusable bags near your door or in your car within easy reach.
Did You Know
- The typical office worker can recycle enough paper each week to fill a paper grocery bag
- The way we produce, consume and dispose of our products and our food accounts for 42% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
Americans throw away 25 million styrofoam cups each year, which can take up to 500 years to decompose.
What Can You Do?
- Purchase fruits & vegetable seasonally & locally. Buying local produce helps to minimize the miles from farm to table and therefore decreases pollution. You can also join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture); this type of membership is a great way support local farmers and get exposure to more foods and ways of cooking. You can find a CSA or farmers market near you by visiting www.localharvest.org.
- Wash clothes in cold water. About 90% of the energy used by a washing machine is spent heating the water for the load.
- Learn how to compost. Yard waste and food scraps make up 20% to 30% of garbage. You can turn your organic waste into useful mulch for your garden.
- Bring your own backpack, reusable bag, travel mug, or tumbler. Plastic bags take hundreds of years to break down, and a significant amount end up smothering oceanic life. Some retailers will give you a discount on your latte or tea for using a reusable cup.