We don’t have to wait for Earth day to do our part to honor and preserve the earth. Every day can be Earth Day. Are you wondering how you can reduce your carbon footprint and help to preserve this precious planet we call home?
Here are 10 things to do today and every day:
Skip the shower sometimes
Dermatologists will tell us that we shower too frequently. Showering dries out the skin and destroys healthy bacteria. Many of us complain about dry skin and then get in the shower and make our skin even drier. If you’re not a ball of sweat and grime, try instead using a washcloth and just getting the areas where bad bacteria like to grow. Save some water and save your skin’s health. Just don’t ever skip hand washing.
Change laundry practices
Let the clothes dryer collect dust, not dryer lint. Hang the laundry on the clothesline instead. Clothes dryers have to produce heat to do their job and require a lot of energy to do so. A clothesline is free. If you don’t have access to a clothesline, a couple of clothes dryer racks will do the trick. Add vinegar to the fabric softener dispenser in your washer. It helps to deodorize and soften laundry.
Save some trees
Plan a book exchange with family, friend and neighbors, or go to the local library to borrow books. Take advantage of technology to store files and documents and reduce the consumption of paper.
Add plants to your home to purify the air naturally and help you breathe better. Plant a window herb garden or regrow vegetables like green onions, Romaine lettuce and celery from the base, to have fresh and edible plants. Grow your own sprouts.
Eat the food that’s already in the fridge
On average, Canadians throw away approximately 170kg of food each year. Eat the food you already have. creative with whatever food is already in the fridge. Make a pledge to use up whatever produce you have before buying more. Remember that anything can become a salad. Meal planning is a great way to reduce waste.
Reduce power consumption
Keep lights turned off. Turn computers and televisions off when not being used. Unplug appliances that are not being used. use a power bar to reduce the power load on a plug. Turn heat or air conditioning down when you’re not going to be at home. Don’t run the dishwasher until it is completely full.
Reduce the use of toxic cleaning products
Lemon juice, vinegar and baking soda can replace almost every cleaning product in your home. The fact that we can go to the store and purchase a different cleaning product for every possible cleaning task is not because each task requires a different product. It is because companies have marketing departments whose job it is to convince us that we need different things so they can increase their profit margin. Don’t be duped.
Always travel with fabric bags
Create new habits of immediately returning the bags to the car after unpacking groceries or leaving the bags next to your car keys to grab both on your way out the door. Always have at least one reusable fabric bag with you whenever you leave home. Keep it in your purse, knapsack or back pocket. It’s only a bother until you develop the habit, then it quickly becomes just part of how you roll.
Reduce clothing purchases
Set up a clothing, shoes and accessories exchange with some friends and family, and get new-to-you items without increasing the volume of clothing that will eventually make its way to the landfill.
Get outside and breathe in the fresh air
You’ll get some vitamin D which supports the immune system, keep bones strong and helps to regulate mood. Go for a walk, jog or run, and pick up garbage on the side of the road while you’re at it. The Swedish practice, which is a combination of jogging and picking up trash, is called ‘plogging’.