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With Earth Day approaching I wanted to share a few easy ways we can all do to help save the planet. I always try and be aware of my carbon footprint on the earth and that even though it may not have an instant effect, that it could and would have long lasting effects if I don’t change my mindset. It doesn’t have to be difficult to help the planet, it takes a few easy steps that’ll go a long way. I really thought about this list, about what I do in my daily life and what I’ve done for a long time now. Check out the 10 easy ways to help save the planet!
1.Reuse shopping bags/reusable shopping bags- I’m not sure where you live but in Suffolk county, they’re charging 5 cents per plastic bag you take from any store. That includes supermarkets and clothing stores alike, they’ll only give paper bags if they do have them on hand. We’ve been using reusable bags for over a year since we go to BJ’s wholesale for bulk items, and it’s much easier to put the products in bags over bringing them in one by one.
2. Use Metro- walk – carpool to work if possible – This definitely depends on what you do for work, and where you’re located. If someone works in NYC and lives within the tri state area, many people commute in via train. Something similar to what CA and I do when we travel to the city, driving isn’t ideal and mass transit is much more convenient and it’s much better for the environment.
3. Eat less processed food – This can go hand in hand with eating better. Less processed food means less chemicals from the processed food going into your body! Eating whole foods means your body has to work less to break down the processed part of it.
4. Turn off electronics and lights when not in use/room – this is HUGE. especially since I see the electric bill LOL. I always want to either use less electricity or the same as the previous month. I will start using the plugs that cut off electricity to whatever is plugged in. You can get them from Amazon and have them on an app on your phone so if you forget in the morning you can turn it off from your cell!
5. Cloth instead of Paper towels – We always have cloth towels in our kitchen for clean ups or after cleaning the counter tops. We used to use paper towels a lot but after realizing how much waste it would cause we switched. We still have paper towels but don’t buy them nearly as much as we used to.
6. Opt in for Online bill paying and statements – This is 100% the easiest thing to do. I’m always on my cell phone or computer. Going online or on your phone you can see your statements, payments due, and pay your bills.
7. Recycle – Metal/Paper/Plastics- Make sure to recycle everything you can in your home. I know some places you have to separate everything but on Long Island, we only separate paper from the plastic and metal. Recycle can also mean donating or selling items within your home that you no longer have a use for. Instead of throwing them out.
8. Shorter Showers – The only time I take a longer shower is when I’m washing my hair because it’s so thick and medium length. But since I dry shampoo my hair, and braid it I take longer showers around once a week. I also shave my legs outside the shower so the water isn’t running when I’m shaving my legs which can take a while.
9. Switch to Fluorescent Bulbs – we’ve already done this in our house. The bulbs will last longer and use less electricity when they are on. I also feel in the summer time I use my lights less because the sunlight is longer so I open up the curtains and I have light!
10. Brita with Longlast Filter– This is one thing I’ve been doing for a very long time. I love my Brita pitcher, it fits in the fridge perfectly all you need is a refillable water bottle. I love ice cold water from the fridge and now that the Brita pitcher has a Longlast filter it means I have less to worry about when I need to change the filter. With the Brita Longlast Filter, you can replace up to 1,800 single-use plastic bottles a year cleaner water that tastes great. Single use plastic bottles take 450 years to decompose, and by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. You can do your part with some simple act, purchasing the Brita pitcher and stop purchasing single-use bottles.
What will you do to help the planet this Earth Day and everyday?