Happy Earth Day! Earth Day is April 22 every year, and if you don’t know, it is a day to celebrate the planet and different events are typically held to teach people about environmental consciousness. Want to try and become a little more environmentally friendly this year? Keep reading for my top 5 tips!
1. Turn your faucet off when you brush your teeth
If you’re someone who already does this, you’d be surprised at the number of people who don’t. It’s a super simple task you can do, and by turning your faucet off for the couple of minutes you brush your teeth, you can save up to 200 gallons of water per month! (source)
2. Have a vegetarian day
Try being a vegetarian on Earth Day! Livestock accounts for around 14% of total global greenhouse gas emissions. (source) If you tried to eat a vegetarian diet just one day a week, you could help to reduce that number! If you don’t want to be vegetarian, at least try a day without beef. Giving up beef can decrease your carbon footprint significantly. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, if Americans cut as small as one quarter-pound of beef every week, it would have the same effect as eliminating 10 million cars for a whole year (source)!
3. Use reusable shopping bags
Paper or plastic? How about canvas? If you use reusable bags every time you shop, you can cut seriously down on your plastic consumption. An estimated 100,000 turtles die each year from plastic (source).
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4. Turn off lights when you leave a room
Just like the faucet when you brush your teeth, having a light on in a room when you’re not there is pretty unnecessary. Turning the light off as you leave a room will cut down on your energy use, helping both the planet and your wallet!
5. Reduce your food waste
Are your eyes bigger than your stomach? Try your hardest to not throw away food. Americans tossed 38 million tons of food waste in 2014 (source). It takes a lot of energy and resources to get food to your plate, and throwing it away makes more than just the food a waste. Even after you dispose of your food, energy and other resources like gas are being used as it is transported to the landfill and then while it is there. If you have produce you can’t eat anymore, instead of throwing it out try starting a compost pile!
Even doing one of these 5 tips can make a fairly big difference. Do you have any other tips? Leave them in the comments below!
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