Celebrate Earth Week

Posted on April 20, 2009. Filed under: living green |

Green Living Consulting believes every day of the year should be Earth Day but since the actual Earth Day falls this week, April 22, we’ll take this opportunity to embrace the entire week as a time to celebrate our planet! Help make every day Earth Day starting this week with these simple and affordable eco-practices that can make a big difference, every day this week: 

1)      Why buy, when you can get it for free.  The Freecycle Network is a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer. Membership is free. Check out Freecycle.org for free stuff or give yours away.

2)      Just flow with it: Americans buy an estimated 28 billion plastic water bottles every year, and 8 of 10 of those end up in landfills. You can be part of the solution by ending your bottled water habit and switching to a home filtering system that you use to fill your own water bottle and take it with you. Re-useable water bottles aren’t just good to the planet, they are better for you too. Look for aluminum water bottles such as Sigg or Kleen Kanteen, or plastics bottles that are BPA-free (BPA is a chemical believed to adversely harm the human body), such as Nalgene and Platypus. Pure Water 2Go reusable bottles are equipped with their own built in filtration system, so you can fill up wherever you are and never have to buy another plastic water bottle again.

3)      Get in the Game: So you think you’re a gamer. Well Mother Earth can’t tell you to put that controller down, but she will ask you to practice the 3 R’s and reuse games. You can do that by going to Goozex.com where you can swap your games from new ones (at least to you).

4)      BYO-Bag: Always forgetting your re-useable bag at home when headed out for a day of shopping? Perhaps you’ll be inspired to carry one with you everywhere you go with the variety of stylish, eco-chic bags now on the market. Check out Angry Little Girls, Envirosax.

5)      Make the right call: It’s time to get a new phone. Instead of letting your old phone sit in a drawer in your kitchen (the EPA estimates that more than 500 million old cell phones languish in desk drawers and other storage spots), why not get some green for your green efforts by sending your phone to GreenPhone.com where it will be recycled.

6)      Plant a tree: Casey trees has partnered with D.C.’s Department of the Environment to offer a $50 rebate to residents that plant a tree in their yards. Visit Casey Trees for details. 

7)      No more junk in the…mailbox: Unwanted mail is a hassle for you and the planet. By signing up for Green Dimes, you can be one of many consumers eliminating up to 90 percent of junk mail while keeping the mail you do want. Go to www.greendimes.com.

As each of us adopt eco-practices that easily integrate into our daily lifestyle, together we’ll have a big impact!

Be well. Live green. 

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