Earth Day has recently come and gone, and we may or may not have done anything to make an Impact on that day. However, instead of making seeing Earth Day as a one-off thing for the year, why not choose to adopt Earth Day as a Lifestyle, and make everyday an Earth Day? Here are some ways that we can do so, and live the rest of the year while championing for Sustainability:
Follow the 3 Rs
Look for ways you can Reduce, Reuse and Recycle throughout your home. You’ll save natural resources, energy and money, and you’ll reduce waste sent to landfills.
Conserve energy at home
From turning off lights and electronics when not in use, to using a programmable thermostat, to changing your air filter regularly, there are many small things you can do to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while saving money on your utility bills.
Reduce paper waste and junk mail
Think twice before printing things at work and home. You can reduce your mail by using online payment options that avoid paper bills. And there are services that will remove your name from unwanted mailing lists to reduce junk mail.
Recycle your electronics
Your old, unused or broken computers, tablets, phones and other electronics can often be recycled, which saves natural resources while also reducing pollution.
Give your car a break
Whether you're commuting to work or running errands, you just might be able to leave your car at home, even a few times a week. Walk, ride a bike, carpool or take public transportation. You'll save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and get more exercise.
Turn off the tap
Whether you're brushing your teeth, washing dishes, or taking a shower, turn off the water when it's not needed.
Replace your bulbs
Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and LED bulbs may cost more than incandescent bulbs, but they will save money over the long run, last longer, and use up to 90% less energy.
Bring your own bags to the store
Use a backpack or bag from home, or buy reusable bags that you can keep in your car and use again and again.
Buying local produce and other items reduces shipping distances from food sourced overseas, and also supports local businesses and communities.
Get involved in environmental work in your local community. Local schools, governments, and non-profit organizations often offer opportunities for volunteers to get involved in cleaning up parks, restoring habitats, and other efforts to make communities greener.