Tuesday, April 22, 2008
More Earth Day Tips
Another year, another set of easy tips for helping to save the Earth. Every little bit helps!
1. Pay your bills online. This can save a lot of trees and energy.
2. Recycle your batteries. It's illegal to dump them in some states, including here in California. There's lots of toxins in those batteries. Go to earth911 to search by zip code for a battery recycling facility near you. Also using rechargeable batteries is very helpful.
3. Set your refrigerator temp at 40 degrees, and your freezer for 0-5 degrees. No need for colder temperatures, it just wastes energy.
4. Try to avoid styrofoam. If you're gutsy, mention to your favorite restaurant to stop using this for their carry outs; or the same goes for take out restaurants that use styrofoam cups. I stopped going to an independent coffee house because their mochas come in styrofoam. (and I do prefer an independent coffee house over Starbucks when possible). It tastes weird to me, not to mention the 500 years it takes for this stuff to disappear!
5. Use more wax paper when you can, instead of aluminum foil or plastic wrap. It's biodegradable.
6. Buy local, anything, whenever possible. Local produce helps slow down sprawl in your area, and uses less energy. Buy local honey. The bees are in danger, support those farmers. Learn more about honey here.
7. Use soy candles instead of paraffin varieties. Paraffin is derived from oil. Soy is clean burning, soot free, and lasts 30-50% longer. Plus you'll promote American farmers. Soy is grown and processed in the USA. My family back in Michigan are soy farmers, and have been for generations. Buy soy candles on Etsy.
8. Don't dump your paint. Instead, after use, let the paint dry in the can. Then recycle the can.
9. Subscribe to Ideal Bite for daily tips on saving the Earth sent to your email. They have so many green tips, you'll be amazed. If you're in the LA area, watch KTLA News at 10 for daily tips, or check out the website. Also go to Earth Share for some more everyday tips. Oh and please check out my last year's post on Earth saving tips!
10. Finally something fun to do if you've got some volunteer hours... Go to Frog Watch USA to help monitor the frogs in your area.