Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Happy Earth Day!
I'm not going to tell you to plant a tree..unless you really want to...then please do :) Here are 10 simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint that you can do on Earth Day or any other day!
1. Avoid your car for the day. Carpool with a coworker or bike/walk if feasible. Biking to work just once a week can reduce your CO2 impact by 20% annually!
2. Skip the bath. The average bath uses 35-50 gallons of water compared to 25 gallons for a shower. Y'all already know my feelings on not washing my hair.
3. Update your light bulbs. Converting to Energy Smart bulbs will have a big impact on your energy use and monthly electric bill!
4. Shop smart! When looking for a new outfit shop consignment shops or retailers such as Zady that have environmental missions.
5. Pay your bills online. I love this one. If everyone in the United States started banking and paying their bills online it would save 19 million trees each year.
6. Take your thermos to the coffee shop for your morning fill up. I cringe to think how many Starbucks' cups are tossed in landfills each year (personally responsible for wayyy too many)! Plus--when you can tote your coffee in a cute Insulated Mug like this--why not!?
7. Start a recycling bin at your office. Any office is a breeding ground for piles of cans, paper, and bottles--label some bins for co-workers to use.
8. Stop your junk mail. Everyone hates junk mail. Besides clogging up your mailbox it also takes up a whopping 40% of landfill space! That is mind-boggling. The online company 41 Pounds stops your junk mail by contacting marketing and catalog companies and instructing them to take your name off their lists. So cool!
9. Shop at Farmer's Markets. Food in the US travels on average 15,000 miles to get to your plate. When you shop at your local farmer's market that distance drops dramatically. Additionally, you know exactly where your food is coming from, have the opportunity to talk with the farmer who grew it, AND it always tastes better :)
10. Buy and trade your books at Half Priced Books or use your local library. Maybe I'm a huge nerd (likely), but a fun afternoon for me is to have unlimited and uninterrupted time to browse around bookstores and libraries. Unless you have a Belle from Beauty and the Beast sized library--clean out your old books and trade them in for new ones!
How do you plan to celebrate?