Monday, April 22nd is Earth Day, a worldwide celebration to help promote environmental awareness and protection. Ever since the first Earth Day celebration in 1970, people have been working together to help protect and sustain our environment. This Earth Day, take a page from 47 Things You Can Do for the Environment and make some small changes in your life that will make a big impact on our world.
Here are a few tips from 47 Things You Can Do for the Environment to start you on your way to a greener futureâ€¦
Wash Your Hair Every Other Day: Washing your tresses less not only cuts down water consumption, but also protects the natural oils in your scalp. If you get really greasy, try spritzing some dry shampoo on your locks.
Put Down the Bottle: About 86% of empty water bottles get chucked in the trash instead of recycled. Staying hydrated is important, but ditch the bottles and drink tap water whenever you can.
Cut to the Paper Chase: One of the easiest ways to save resources is by reusing paper before tossing it into the recycling bin. Use the backs of old photocopies as scratch paper, and if you have to print out emails or documents, print on both sides of the paper.
Turn Out the Lights: It seems like a no-brainer, but people often forget to do this when they walk out of a room. Turn off lights when you arenâ€™t using them and youâ€™ll help save the environment and save on your electricity bill.
BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag): Why waste a paper or plastic bag every time you go to the grocery store? Bring your own reusable shopping bag to help protect our environment and conserve resources every time you shop.
Jump in the Pool: Commuting to school or work can be expensive, time-consuming, and boring. Why not start a carpool with friends and make the journey cheaper, more fun, and better for Mother Nature?
Go on a Green Date: Enjoying a picnic in the park, stargazing on a warm, clear night, or going on a long walk around the neighborhoodâ€”there are tons of ways to ensure your romantic date will leave a tiny carbon footprint.
Bin There, Do That: Hopefully your school of office already recycles, but if not, get the ball rolling! Click here for info on starting your own recycling program.
How do you plan to celebrate Earth Day? Let us know in the comments section!
–Geri Gallas, Zest Books’ intern