10 Eco-friendly Actions to Celebrate Earth Day

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Are you ready to try composting or a green cleaning routine? Will you start plant a tree or ride your bike? This Earth Month, challenge yourself to help create a healthier world by making some changes to your daily routine. Through these actions big and small, we all can celebrate Earth Day, every day:

 

1. Buy local. Buying local produce and other items reduces shipping related greenhouse gas emissions and also supports local businesses and communities.

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2. Hang your laundry out to dry instead of using the dryer; they suck energy! Drying racks are pretty cheap.

3. Walk, bike, use public transit or carpool instead of getting in that car all by your lonely self!

4. Go vegetarian once a week. One less meat-based meal a week helps the planet and your diet.

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5. Conserve energy. Install energy efficient lights and turn them off when you walk out of the room. Turn off the stereo, TV, computer and power bars off, if you’re not using them!

6. Start composting. Food scraps, coffee grounds and paper towels can be composted instead of trashed, and compost is an ideal way to fertilize your outdoor space.

7. Use both sides of paper. Set your printer’s default option to print double-sided (duplex printing). And when you’re finished with your documents, don’t forget to take them to the recycling bin.

8. With warm weather just around the corner, start your own herb garden. They don’t take much – a bit of soil, lots of sunlight, and watering.

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Source: Pixabay

9. Give it away. Before you throw something away, think about if someone else might need it. Either donate to a charitable organization or post it on a web site designed to connect people and things, such as Freecycle.org.

10. Lastly, learn more about the environment. Earth Month is a good time to make a commitment to learning more about the environment and how you can help to protect it. Read articles on the current issues affecting the environment, like climate change, water shortages, and air pollution.

 

Remember that every day is Earth Day. Anything to help our environment is a perfect thing to do on Earth Day and every day!

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About the Author
Prabhjit K. Banga

Prabh’s environmental journey began in 1992 when she discovered a passion for green living after watching the cartoon movie, Ferngully: The Last Rainforest. Since then she has been an avid environmentalist for over 20 years, cultivating sustainability within her own personal and professional life. She went on to complete her Master in Resource and Environmental Management from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. During her Master’s degree, Prabh worked on policy oriented research on sustainability reporting frameworks, community based social marketing, resource efficiency and waste management practices. Prabh is currently the Manager of Strategy Development & Corporate Sustainability at Toronto Pearson Airport. Prabh leads the development and delivery of the airport’s sustainability strategy. Prabh enjoys reading and writing about the environment and loves to share her tips and passion for living sustainably.

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