Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Eco-Friendly Tips to Celebrate Earth Day

Written by, Bernadyn Nettles

 

Earth Day


Today is Earth Day!  It is an important day to take the time to look at how we live our lives and to remember that everything we do affects our precious Earth. There are many things we can each do to reduce our carbon footprint at home and while we are outside carrying on with our busy schedules.

 

 

Ways to Practice Being Eco-Friendly at Home

I think contributing to protecting our environment starts at home. If you have children, I believe it is even more important to teach our kids by example that living more green and Eco-friendly lifestyles is something that should be a priority. 
Our beautiful world-photo taken at Mandarin Park in Jacksonville, FL

Here are some quick and simple ways you can practice a more Eco-friendly lifestyle:

You can reuse jars for food and as storage for various items.

  • Switch light bulbs to energy-saving light bulbs
  • Recycle plastics, glass and paper instead of just throwing it in the trash.
  • Donate clothes, toys and unused items instead of throwing it in the trash.
  • Swap out like-new items with neighbors, friends or family.  Have a swapping party!  You can even swap accessories, movies and books instead of throwing them out or buying new ones. This is a great way to save money and find new treasures with friends.
  • Use old clothes to make pillows or to make smaller clothes that may fit your child.  Make stuffed toys and fabric gift bags or use the fabric to reupholster furniture.  Let your creative juices flow!
  • Refurbish and reupholster furniture before buying a new one if they are still sturdy.  Maybe they could just use a fresh, new look.  
  • Buy used furniture in good condition and refresh it with some TLC.
  • Use cloth diapers and cloth wipes for infants instead of disposable diapers and wipes.
  • Save cereal boxes and other food/snack boxes to reuse for games and crafts.  If you have kids, this will be even more fun to find ways to use them like letting them paint on them or cut them out to make different shapes and creations.  Make games out of them.  Make invites and cards out of them.
  • Reuse toilet paper and paper towel rolls for games, arts and crafts.
  • Switch to cloth napkins instead of using paper towels and paper napkins.
  • Use Eco-friendly products that are safer on the environment and people.
  • Make home-made cleaning products that use natural ingredients instead of harsh chemicals. 
  • Recycle cartridges and other electronics
Reuse glass jars as photo holders.

Ways to Practice being Eco-Friendly Outside of Home

  • Try to avoid using plastic bags as much as possible especially for school and work lunches.  It will save you money from constantly buying them and reduce the amount of waste this causes.
  • Use reusable water bottles and containers instead of buying plastic bottles.
  • Buy, sell and trade at consignment stores, particularly for children's things that they go through so fast.
  • Use reusable tote bags when shopping.
  • Buy products that are made from recycled material.
  • Remember to recycle while out - most places have separate recycling cans next to the trash.

Simple ways to teach our children to celebrate Earth Day

  • If you're not using an appliance, turn it off.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or while using shampoo or scrubbing down in the bath or shower.
  • Start a garden or even take care of a small plant indoors.
  • Plant a tree
  • Recycle paper, plastic and glass
  • Do research together at the library, with books or online to show them why Earth Day is important.
  • Find movies about Earth Day or movies or shows that teach about taking care of the planet.  A good one that is popular with kids is the movie, "The Lorax."
  • Do a green-friendly craft or activity with kids about Earth Day
  • Attend Earth Day events or festivals in your area

 

Reuse glass jars for storage and to hold other household items.
Reuse small jars like baby food jars to hold supplies.

More ways to be Eco-friendly



More ideas on how to reuse glass bottles and jars:

 



Protect our Environment, Our Home



Quick Facts about Earth Day

  • Earth Day began in 1970
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was established at the end of 1970
  • People were trying to influence issues on the Vietnam War but also focus on the air pollution and the impacts of contamination they were seeing on land.  For more info, head over to National Geographic.

It's important to live a greener lifestyle every day and to honor Earth Day by consciously doing something to practice a green way of living.  It will help save our environment and make a healthier Earth for all of us and our future generations!

How will you honor Earth Day today?


Happy Earth Day!



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