Tuesday, March 29, 2022

10 Simple Ways to Be More Earth Conscious

8 Ways to Help Conserve Natural Resources

This Friday is the first day of April and Earth Month! Many of you know how important living an eco-conscious lifestyle is to me. From volunteering with my mom as a child to being president of my high school eco-club and interning with an environmental nonprofit in college to running my own eco-friendly clothing line for 15 years, sustainability has always been a big part of my life.

Every year around Earth Day, I create post with my tips of living more sustainably. This year I thought I'd share some truly simple ways to easily make a difference.

1. Adjust your thermostat.
Lowering the thermostat by a few degrees in winter and raising by a few degrees in summer can make a big difference, both in terms of saving energy and in saving money.

2. Reuse paper.
Don't throw away your junk mail! Use those blank envelopes to make lists, write notes, etc.

3. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth.
Shutting off the water while brushing your teeth can save as many as 200 gallons of water a month. If I leave the water on for even a couple of seconds, my kids instantly remind me to turn it off.

10 Ways to Be More Eco-Friendly

4. Choose local. 
Shopping locally and eating locally (especially at places like farmer's market and food trucks, or farm-to-table and/or organic restaurants) is another simple way to make a difference. Choosing local is almost always better for the environment because the carbon emissions are much less than products that have to travel far to reach you.

5. Opt for reusable water bottles.
Disposable plastic water bottles are one of the planet's biggest pollutors. Opt for reusable bottles instead. It's such an easy way to help eliminate the 2 million tons of discarded water bottles in landfills.

6. Say no to plastic straws.
Ditch those single use plastic straws in favorite of reusable straws. Thankfully, they're easy to find everywhere these days.

10 Tips for Being More Eco-Friendly

7. Choose cold water.
It is a myth that hot water is superior to cold water in terms of getting clothing clean, and 85% of the energy used when a washing machine washes clothing goes to heating the water. Choose cold!

8. Use eco light bulbs.
Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), light emitting diodes (LEDs), and Halogen incandescent lightbulbs last 3 to 25 times longer than regular lightbulbs, so they're money savers and time savers. They also use 25% to 80% less energy than regular incandescent light bulbs, which is better for the environment. Also remember to always turn off lights when you leave a room. 

9. Grow your own food.
Even if it's one tomato plant, growing your own food is , you reduce your carbon footprint, and when you choose to grow organic, you avoid pesticides and other harmful chemicals. It's also a great way to teach your kids responsibility, and about where food originates.

10. Compost.
Composting reduces waste because you're reusing things that would normally be thrown away, and it helps your plants and gardens grow without the use of toxic fertilizers.

I hope these simple tips prove to be good reminder for Earth Month and beyond!




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