Thursday, April 21, 2011

Small Steps to Help Celebrate the Earth

Today is Earth Day! And there's no better time to  reflect on what you've done to help our planet in the past year, and commit to continuing to take steps to make our world a greener place.  Even the littlest things can add up to make a big impact. Here's a list of things you can do to help!

Use a BPA-free reusable water bottle or coffee mug.

According to Back2Tap, 140 million plastic water bottles go into the landfill each day. That adds up to about 50 billion over the course of a year. Do your part by using a reusable water bottle and coffee cup. Klean Kanteen makes some great stainless steel BPA-free containers for hot and cold beverages. And in case you need an extra push, Starbucks is offering free coffee and tea to anyone that brings in a reusable mug today.

Bring a reusable bag to the grocery store, and to any other store for that matter!

Sometimes it's hard to remember to bring a reusable bag with you while you shop. I like to keep a few in my car and one in my

purse so that I always have one with me. Some stores offer discounts when you use a reusable bag. Whole Foods deducts 5 cents from your grocery bill for every bag you bring in (even if it's the paper one they gave you the week before).

Ditch the tin foil, plastic wrap and zip lock bags

Buy some nice glass reusable containers. This may be a small investment up front, but it will save you money in the long-run and eliminate a bunch of trash that is going into the landfill. Glass containers are better than plastic ones because they won't leach BPA when heated.

Encourage your office to recycle paper, bottles and cans

Your office may already have a system in place for recycling paper, bottles, cans etc. If they don't see what you can do to create one. When I started working in my office a year ago, they had several blue bins for paper, but no place to recycle plastic. I reached out to someone in my building who was able to order a plastic recycling bin and arrange for a weekly pick-up.

Change your light bulbs

This is an easy one! If you haven't done this already, change your light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs. They use significantly less energy than regular incandescent bulbs.

What are you doing this Earth Day to help our planet?

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