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Included here are some #EveryDayEarthDay Tips:
Beginning steps –
- Reusable metal water bottles and coffee cups. Glass or BPA-free plastic reusable bottles can be a second choice to metal. Buy one (or some) and take them with you…everywhere…even when you travel by air.
- Reusable shopping bags. Buy some and take them with you…everywhere.
- Buy used. Consignment shops, Craigslist, Ebay, garage sales…there are many options to find quality used products.
- Meatless Mondays – leave out the meat, dairy, and eggs one day a week. Factory-farmed meat and dairy industry uses a massive amount of water, is not kind to animals, and vegetarian and vegan diets have been shown to be better for our health.
Thanks for doing a little more –
- Go beyond “Meatless Mondays”…how about “Veggie Weekdays”? You, your wallet, and the planet will be healthier.
- Plant trees. Carbon credits to compensate for fossil fuel use just don’t work, unfortunately. The credits aren’t used for reforestation. How about donating to plant trees every month to offset your travel and oil and gas use? We support www.plantit2020.org which plants and maintains tree seedlings all over the world in areas that will not be harvested. $1 per seedling and your donation is tax-deductible!
- Buy less. Are we really happier with more stuff? Studies show we are not.
- Recycling helps, in some cases. In many cases, there is no manufacturing facility or use for products we put out to be recycled. Buying less and buying quality that will last are the wiser choices.
BIG thanks for doing even more –
- Buy products that are well-made and made to last. Don’t buy disposable, single or limited-use products.
- Share. Does everyone on your block need their own lawnmower or can you share tools? The sharing economy has blossomed with people sharing use of their homes through Airbnb and rides in their car via Uber and Lyft.
- Support companies with products that are truly eco-friendly and are not just “greenwashing” their advertising. Most chemical companies cleansers are not “natural” or environmentally-friendly…they’re chemicals. Baking soda or vinegar are safe and inexpensive choices for cleaning.
- Unsubscribe from catalogs and snail mailing advertising. PaperKarma is a free smartphone app that easily helps remove you from mailing lists.
SUPER BIG thanks for doing so much!
- Instead of a grass lawn to mow and treat with chemicals, how about planting food?
Fruit trees, veggies, strawberries, and herbs replaced our front lawn and we have a vegetable garden and greenhouse in our backyard.
- No room for a garden or pots of veggies or don’t have the skills? Buy from your local organic farmers (many large grocery stores carry products from local farmers), natural food co-operatives, and CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture).
- Build or buy a smaller home. Tiny homes are popular now. When you remodel, choose recycled, repurposed, and sustainable/green materials.
- Support companies with green products and those who use or provide alternative energy – electric cars, solar power, geothermal, products like decking material made out of recycled plastic.
Plant-It 2020 is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit foundation that performs worldwide tree-planting at $1 per tree, donates fuel-efficient cooking stoves to needy families, and provides forestry, soil, and biochar education. For every US $1, you can have an indigenous tree properly planted, maintained and protected where you prefer.
The Arbor Day Foundation inspires people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. Join to buy trees and seedlings, if you have space to plant trees in your yard or town.
All the best, Jim & Lisa Papp