10 Easy Things to do TODAY to Save the Earth
Earth Day! For those who are new to Happyhippie.com, welcome!
Here are some super simple, painless tips to make your environmental
healthier. Heck, you may even save a little cash.
1.) Use Canvas Reusable
Bags - Each year billions
of bags end up as ugly litter. Eventually they break down into
tiny toxic bits polluting our soil, river, lakes and oceans. Using
reusable grocery bags will not only eliminate pollution from our
environment, but they are stronger and easier to carry. Also, consider
buying non-toxic, earth friendly lunch bags for the kids. Did you
know many of the cartoon character bags made from China have LEAD
2.) Make your meals earth-friendly. When packing
a lunch, put sandwiches, chips, etc. in reusable plastic or
glass containers instead of
sandwich bags. Carry your drink in a washable thermos bottle,
and your lunch in a reusable lunch container. For meals at
leftover food in hard plastic washable and reusable containers. You
can also make your own cloth sandwich bags.
3.) Switch to the new Flourescent Lighting or LED - Make your house
energy efficient. Compact flourescant bulbs last ten times longer
than regular incandescent bulbs, plus they don't produce nearly
as much wasted heat.
4.) Buy recycled products! Paper, packaging, plastic containers,
cardboard, and other products are being sold that have been
recycled. By all means, buy these products, but be careful
the labels. Don't confuse "recycled" with "recyclable"!
Lots of companies will put the recycling symbol or "100% recyclable" on
their products to appeal to ecologists. While that is all fine
and good, "made from recycled waste" or "post-consumer
waste" is what you really want. If you buy recycled
notebook paper for the office place, no one will really care
paper is a shade greyer than the non-recycled kind.
5.) Dispose Motor Oil Properly - One gallon of improperly disposed
motor oil can contaminate one million gallons of fresh water. Take
your oil to a certified oil collection center. Many states have
these centers EVERYWHERE. Also, many communities have curbside
recycling programs that allow you to leave your oil at the curb
(properly packaged). Or you can have your oil changed by a service
station that recycles the oil for you!
6.) Recycle Everything - Sure you may be recycling
cans and plastic bottles, but are you recycling cardboard boxes
and plastic containers?
The EPA estimates that even though 75 percent of solid waste
is recyclable, only 30% is being recycled. Revisit your local
program online to see what else you could be recycling. For
other cool recycling tips, check out the Happyhippie.com
7.) Buy in Bulk. Instead of buying something packaged in many small
bags, or containers, consider buying in large boxes or bags. Larger
containers actually save on package waste, and are less likely
to blow away.
8.) Shop Local - Try to buy produce from local farms when possible.
This not only reduces the amount of pollution it takes to transport
food over long distances, but you are supporting your local economy.
9.) Don't throw those lawn trimmings out - Use lawn clippings can
be used to cover weeds and keep from growing in the garden through
winter. Clippings are also good for mulch.
10.) Turn it Off - Get in the habit of turning off lights, TV's
and computers when you leave the house. Who are you leaving it