Earth Day is tomorrow. What's that? Well, according to Wikipedia :
Earth Day is a name used for two different observances, both held annually during spring in the northern hemisphere, and autumn in the southern hemisphere. These are intended to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the Earth's environment. The United Nations celebrates Earth Day, which was founded by John McConnell in 1969, each year on the March equinox, while a global observance originated by Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in, and since January 1970 also called Earth Day, is celebrated in many countries each year on April 22, including the U.S.TOMORROW is also the day when a surprise GREEN GIVEAWAY begins right HERE! So mark your calendars and don't forget to come back first thing tomorrow!
There are various ways in which each of us in our own small way can help reduce pollution, contamination and in the process keep the Earth green! After all, the Earth is not ours to plunder. We've just borrowed it from our children and have an obligation to return it to them as safe and green as we can possibly make it.
Simple things come to mind -
- Use cloth bags instead of plastic when shopping.
- Walk to the playground, don't take the car.
- Try to use the "junk" at home and make new creations out of them.
- Buy recycled things such as books printed on recycled paper etc.
- These days there are a variety of energy-conserving lighting options available. I love those solar lights for the outside, don't you?
- Many Brand-name stores and products are coming up with "greener" solutions, so take advantage of them.
- Hybrid cars also come to mind, but there's some controversy that they may actually be more harmful! But at least the thought is there and being put into action, which is what matters!
Let's go the most basic of places, our Home.
A dripping faucet can waste 20 gallons of water a day. A leaking toilet can use 90,000 gallons of water in a month. Simple maintenance will not only help save you money, but the planet in the process. Low-volume flush toilets, low-flow showerheads, Energy-Star home appliances etc are some of the other options. If you're remodeling, there are ton of "green" options. Green countertops made of recycled paper and yoghurt pots, bamboo and cork flooring etc.
And how about the Kitchen?
Choose cookware and utensils that will last you a lifetime, not like Teflon (Health concerns aside) or anything else that's going to need continuous replacement. Steel or Iron products are the best way to go and while they may cost a bit more initially, they'll last long and in fact, help save you money in the process. Use Microwave or Toaster oven to warm up smaller portions, cook multiple items in the oven simultaneously, use Pressure cookers, etc. Of course, the best way to conserve energy in the kitchen is to eat "green" i.e. Salads - as green as they can be! Solar cookers are a wonderful, pollution free way to prepare many meals. On an average, since a Kitchen generates the most waste than any room in a home, so try to reuse those jars or bottles, compost organic waste and use it as fertilizer in your garden. Make your own non-toxic cleaning solutions with everyday ingredients such as Vinegar and Baking Soda.
Did you know you can have a "green" Funeral these days?
No, I'm not kidding. These days you can get bio-degradable coffins. Think of planting Nature makers like a tree or a bush instead of stone. Use recycled paper for the program, organic flowers for the service etc.
Go Green this summer.
Turn up the thermostat a few degrees on your AC and cool the planet. Love to BBQ? Try propane instead of charcoal. Use reusable dishes rather than plastics or Styrofoam. Pick up a solar backpack or drive an air-powered motorcycle. Why not try wearing solar powered bikinis?!!
Continuing on a fun note, here are some *green* gadgets and accessories -
Citizen’s fabulous solar powered Eco-Drive watches
HYmini is a hybrid mini green power station that fits in the palm of your hand.
Sol Shaver Solar Razor UK£ 29.99 or 60.89 U.S. dollars from Jill’s Eco Store
From Secret Storage Books
Sun Bricks, the solar-powered ground lighting system
(Ok, this one has nothing *green* about it, but I love the concept, don't you?)
Fido Luggage packs the trainability and loyalty of a dog into a bright, shiny suitcase that follows you around.
SolSisters Solar Chimes 64.99 at eco-gardening.com
I could go on and on. If you have any *Green* tips, then please do share them with us!
And remember to come back tomorrow for a Wonderfully Green Giveaway!
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