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Happy Earth Day! Easy tips to go green

April 22, 2012 by  
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Bottle_Can (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Get a water filter and reusable water bottle

Over 80 percent of plastic water bottles are tossed — not recycled — yielding 1.5 tons of waste per year, according to Mother Nature Network. Invest in a reusable water bottle (or two) and a filter.

(Tip from the Business Insider)

Clean green

If you’re planning to spring clean this month, try some eco-friendly products and methods.

Distilled white vinegar and water makes a simple all-purpose cleaner for windows and surfaces, she said. Cleaning products from brands like Seventh Generation and Dr. Bronner’s are natural, organic or vegan.

(Tip from Kentwired)

Keep your pets and your water clean

Properly dispose of your pets’ unused medication to ensure that they don’t end up in the local water supply.
Use safe methods for disposing of pet waste. Don’t use plastic shopping bags because plastic lasts forever and does not break down. Pick up after your pet using a biodegradable or flushable bag.

If you are a gardener, check your mulch. The cocoa hulls that are used in many mulch compounds can be toxic to pets if ingested. Lawn chemicals can also be toxic to both animals and people. Research gardening practices to find out how to reduce the amount of insecticides and herbicides you might need.

(Tips from the Examiner)

Green in the Bathroom

Going green in the bathroom can be very simple.  Switch out conventional cleaning products with green products that aren’t harmful to the environment.  Use hand dryers or a cloth hand towel that can be washed and re-used, instead of paper towels.  Make sure the faucet is turned off completely and isn’t dripping.  Fix leaky faucets and running toilets as these waste water that adds up over time.

(Tip from the Herald Standard)

What to do for Earth Day

The Earth seen from Apollo 17.

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to the National Geographic, In 2012, Earth Day Network is asking people around the world to take the Billion Acts of Green pledge. Already, 980,878,787 people have participated in a green act, such as planting a garden or participating in an Earth Day event, according to the Earth Day Network website.

Are you ready for Earth Day?  What “going green” tips do you have?

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