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We live on a beautiful planet that takes care of us by providing so abundantly. Earth Day is tomorrow and it's the perfect time to take stock of what we are doing to return the favor. Here are a few simple suggestions for small acts that can add up to a big difference in the health of our environment. This is a great list to review with your kids. It is never too early to become good stewards of the world around us.
- Ask yourself if you can Reduce, Reuse, or Recycle before throwing out anything.
- Reduce paper by skipping the receipt, using electronic tickets, opting in to paperless bills and statements, and keeping information on your phone instead of printing it.
- Always use reusable shopping bags.
- Refill a water bottle instead of buying bottled water.
- Use energy efficient light bulbs and turn off lights when you leave a room.
- Turn off computers, power strips, and other items that typically are left on overnight.
- Program your thermostat, your water heater, and anything else you can to perform at maximum efficiency.
- When possible, wear clothing more than once before washing.
- Make DIY cleaning and body care products to reduce toxins. Add essential oils for their cleansing properties and for the great aroma.
- Plant trees and shrubs in your yard.
- Plant a kitchen garden to provide some of your own fruits, veggies, and herbs.
- Eat plant-based some (or all) of the time. It will contribute to wellness and reduce demand for energy intensive meat production.
- Create a compost bin for for food scraps.
- Plan an errand day instead of going out for one or two things each day.
- Keep up on your vehicle maintenance to keep it running at maximum efficiency and turn off your vehicle's engine instead of idling.
There are so many small ways to make a difference. What would you add to the list?