Over 20 million Americans celebrated the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. Now more than 1 billion people all over the world participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the most celebrated civic observance in the world. While Earth Day is a great day to remember our responsibility to the planet, it’s even more beneficial if we use it as a launching day for new habits that will continue to benefit it for the days and years to come.
These five Earth Day tips go beyond organic cleaning and not only help you ease the burden on the planet, but also the burden on your household expenses, clutter, and peace of mind.
Switching your magazines, newspapers, bank statements, and bills to a digital format is a great way to cut down on unnecessary paper usage. With this one step, you’ve reduced the energy used for recycling, the piles on your counter, and your carbon footprint!
Use this advice not only to disconnect your devices from a power source when not in use, but also to connect with the people and nature you love in real life. You can save a lot of energy by disabling screen savers, setting the sleep mode on your computers and televisions, and turning off game consoles.
Shampoo, Rinse, and Recycle
The bathroom has more plastic containers than most of the other rooms in your home. Increase your chances of recycling by tucking a small recycling bin or bag under the sink.
Extend the life of your disposable razors by drying them off with a clean towel and storing them away from wet environments. Not only will this “shave” money in the long run, it also cuts down on sink and shower clutter.
Improve your waste-line. Eat more.
Reduce food waste in your home by keeping better tabs on the food you have in your fridge. The day before you make a trip to the grocery store, rearrange your refrigerator so that the older food is the most accessible, and place the newer food toward the back. This ensures you are able to eat what you have before it expires, saving unnecessary trash and necessary money.
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