Earth Day - 3 Simple Ways to Help Save the World!

20 April
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This Friday, April 22nd is Earth Day 2016! Did you know?!

It's a day to support environmental protection. It started in 1970 and is now celebrated annually on April 22nd by more than 193 countries!

Earth Day

While BIG things happen on this day (read more here: Earth Day, Wikipedia), it also takes small things to help save the earth.

I am adopting 3 simple new habits to try and do my share.

#1 - Recycle at Home

I may be a little behind the times with this one but for the first time ever I actually live in an area that provides curb side pickup!

I only see 1 other house on my street though that does it so maybe I'm not as behind as I think.

I cleanup up a small corner in my garage and created a little recycling center.

I can just open the door from the dining room into the garage and toss my recyclables into the bins!

I know for myself the easier and more fun it is, the more likely I'll be to do it... the city where I live is doing their part by providing the bins and the pick up service for free (this covers the easy part) and I'm making it more fun by creating a dedicated area in my garage!

I hung up the guidelines right above the bins.

And this poster just for fun (I found it at work, they were throwing it out).

Do you have curbside recycling where you live? If not, do you fill up your own bins and take them to be recycled somewhere?

#2 - Reusable Shopping Bags

I picked up 3 reusable shopping bags for $1 each at my grocery store. So far I have only needed 2, they hold so much more than plastic or even paper bags!

I keep them in my truck so I don't forget to take them with me when I go grocery shopping.

I read that the world consumes 1 million plastic shopping bags every minute and American shoppers use about 102 billion each year. That's more than 500 per consumer!
They litter the world's beaches, clog city sewers, contribute to floods in developing countries and fuel a massive flow of plastic waste that is killing wildlife from sea turtles to camels. (Plastic Soup News)
I don't know about you but I think I have more than my share of plastic shopping bags at my house, I hate them! I try to reuse them and feel bad throwing them away so I'm eliminating the problem for good by switching to reusable bags!

What about you? Do you use reusable shopping bags?

#3 - Use All Natural Products

I signed up for Grove Collaborative (formerly ePantry) which is an online service dedicated to helping you have a healthy, beautiful environment in your home. They do all the research and hand-select the best natural products, and deliver them (carbon offset) right to your door. And they have a 100% happiness guarantee, so you can feel safe trying new products!

I picked out a few new-to-me products that I've always wanted to try.

Meyer's products is one, it's a little more expensive but if it's something I know I like then I'm willing to pay a little bit more for the peace of mind of knowing I'm helping the environment.

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They provide an easy way to get the cleaning products you love and need! They will ship it all right to your door. You'll receive a shipment of products every other month but you can edit your order and only receive what you want when you want it!

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How about you, do you use all natural cleaning products?

I feel good about my new habits I'm adopting. I've always tried not to contribute to the world's problems with normal, everyday things... like not littering, turning off the water when I brush my teeth, stuff like that but I really want to do a little more!

So, to recap, the 3 easy ways I am doing my part to save the world are:
  1. Recycling at home
  2. Using reusable shopping bags
  3. Using all natural, environmentally safe cleaning products
While it may not be a lot, if we all start adopting some good habits like these it will make a difference... baby steps!

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  1. Great ways to help the environment! I recycle plastic bags @ my local grocery store but getting the reusable bags would eliminate a huge part of that chore! I bag them up and toss out in the garage but have a hard time getting them from there to the store! LOL!


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