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Simple ways to save the planet on Earth Day

Every Earth Day there are lots of events focused around things to do to save the Earth. These include planting trees, community cleanups, marathons, fundraisers, etc. These are great events, many of which do make valuable contributions to the environment.

But lets get real…how much benefit is there in participating in these events once a year if we don’t change any of our daily habits to make a long term difference? Instead of planting a tree, how about making some simple changes in your daily life to help save the earth? Here are 10 easy ways to help save the planet.

  1. Start recycling. If you don’t have a curbside program available, find the nearest drop-off center and commit to making a monthly trip to drop off your recyclables.
  2. Purchase a set of reuseable grocery bags and carry them with you on all your shopping trips. Even better, use tote bags that you already have lying around the house.
  3. Make a commitment to stop purchasing single-use convenience items whenever possible.
  4. Stop buying bottled water and instead invest in a BPA free plastic or aluminum water bottle that you refill from the tap. If your tap water isn’t good invest in a filtration pitcher.
  5. Start a compost pile or a worm bin as an alternative to putting your organic waste in the trash . You’ll get the added benefit of high quality top soil to use in your gardens and house planters. Composting 101 or Composting Information for Kids.  The earth will thank you and so will your plants.
  6. Donate used clothing instead of trashing it.
  7. Check out thrift stores when shopping for clothes. You may find some real gems, and especially when shopping for children, you can find nice clothes for very little money.
  8. Replace your chemical cleaners with natural alternatives. For some cheap, effective natural homemade cleaners, see Earth-Friendly Cleaning in the Kitchen and Earth-Friendly Cleaning in the Bathroom.
  9. Get rid of your toxic chemical pesticides and try eco-friendly alternatives like those found in Environmentally Friendly Home Insect Control.
  10. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, consider a hybrid, electric or flex fuel model.

You don’t need to go to alot of effort, spend alot of money, or make huge changes in your life to make a difference. Remember the adage, a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. Together we can all make small changes that will add up to big differences.

Happy Earth Day!

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