Wednesday, April 15, 2015

30 Ways to be More Environmentally Friendly!

Ways to be Environmentally Friendly

1.       Use both sides of the paper- you can set your printer default to print double-sided.
2.     Reuse gift bags and wrapping paper- you can also wrap gifts with old newspapers.
3.     Shower instead of bath- baths use much more water than a shower, you can also shower with your partner if you feel up to it.
Buy a Water Saving Shower Head
4.     Take shorter showers- if you are really wanting to save water, turn the water off when applying shampoo and conditioner.
5.     Buy second-hand items- clothing, toys, sporting equipment, and much more.
6.     Buy products made locally- when you buy from overseas or cross country, fuel is being wasted and emissions are let into the environment.
7.      Turn your computer off at the end of the day.
8.     Carpool- or find public transportation.
9.     Buy a hybrid vehicle- only if it’s time for a new vehicle or you can afford it.
There is a Large Selection of Hybrid Vehicles
10.  Use cloth napkins- after using, wash in cold water and hang dry.
11.    Start your own garden and grow your own food- the beginning may take time, but once things begin to grow, you can continuously harvest.
12.   Use a reusable water bottle- do not use plastic recyclable water bottles. Filter your tap water if need be.
13.   Plant trees- if you have open space in your yard, plant a few small trees. For any tree you cut down, plant one or two to replace it.
14.   Collect rain water- use to water your garden or lawn.
15.   Use natural sunlight instead of artificial lighting during the day.
Open the Windows & Enjoy the Sun
16.  Switch out your old appliances for energy-efficient ones.
17.   Use natural cleaners in your home- reduce the amount of harmful chemicals that you and the environment are exposed to.
18.   Switch to paperless billing, if you haven’t already.
19.  Pay bills electronically- almost all companies accept (and prefer) payments to be done electronically.
20.   Replace your light bulbs- use compact fluorescent light bulbs instead.
21.  Unplug appliances and electronics when they are not in use.
22. Place your refrigerator in a location without sunlight- this may not be possible for some, but it will help keep your refrigerator cool.
23. Reuse and re-purpose items- I’ll have a post dedicated strictly to re-purposing.
24. Use old T-shirts as cleaning rags- or make a rug or refashion your unwanted clothing.
25. Compost- take the remains of kitchen waste and plants and create a compost. Use it then to fertilize your garden.
26.  Stop littering!- this may seem obvious and a no-brainer, but some people have a habit of littering and they may not even be aware of when they do it.
Disgusting Garbage Ruing the Environment

27.  Turn down the temperature on your water heater- do you really need the water hot enough to burn your skin off?
28. Replace old and drafty windows- this may be expensive, so start with one window at a time. Every tiny bit helps.
29. Consider only buying the electronic version of a book- there may be some instances where you absolutely need the printed version, but I think this is a great idea.
30.  Shop and buy eco-friendly products- this can include beauty products and household items.

There are a billion more ways that you can help save the environment! If you have any awesome suggestions, please leave it in the comments. I’m always interested in new ideas. Stay Green!

Earth Day Past and Present

Earth day 2015 is on Wednesday, April 22. You may be asking yourself, “What is earth day and why should I care?”

Some Fun Facts about Earth Day:

  • The very first Earth Day was April 22, 1970 and it was originated in the United States, but by 1990 it was recognized worldwide. 
  • Senator Gaylord Nelson, Democrat from Wisconsin, was the founder and the push behind beginning Earth Day. 
  • He wanted to make people aware of our environmental issues and to inform people how they can help protect our environment. 
  • In 1995, Senator Nelson was awarded, by President Bill Clinton, the Presidential Medal of Freedom for being the founder of Earth Day.
  • In 2009, Earth Day was renamed by the United Nations as International Mother Earth Day. Other countries recognize Earth Day by the new name.

How many people participated in the first Earth Day?
            More than 20 million people.

What were some significant Earth Day celebrations in the past
  • Panama celebrated by planting and maintain over 100 endangered species of orchids, to prevent their extinction. 
  • In 2011, Afghanistan celebrated by planting 28 million trees. 
  • In 2012, people in China, more than 100,000, rode bikes to save fuel and reduce harmful emissions.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle

What can you do to be a greener citizen, environmentally friendly, and celebrate Earth Day? 
(This is just a small teaser, I will have multiple posts with numerous ways to help save the environment.)

1.       Use less electricity- unplug appliances that are not in use, try using compact fluorescent light bulbs, and using the natural sunlight during the day.
2.     Wash your clothing with cold water and hang them to dry
3.     Only wash full loads- clothes and dishes
4.     Shut down your home desktop- every night and when you aren't using it for more than two hours at a time.
5.     Try using fiberglass products that are free of formaldehyde
6.     Install a high-efficiency shower head
7.      Use natural cleaning products- such as vinegar and baking soda
8.     Buy used goods- second hand clothing, home products, and electronics.
9.     Walk, bike, or carpool when you are able to.
10.  Buy locally grown and raised food- you can also try sustaining your own garden of vegetables, fruits, and herbs.

Although Earth Day is only celebrated once a year, it does not mean we should be eco-friendly only once a year. Some of my ideas can be implemented over time and can be done on a continuous basis. It is never too late to change some habits. Stay Green!

Earth Warrior T-shirt
P.s. I have started making designs for clothing, home decor items, and more. The brand name is Earth Warrior and my hopes are to help educate people on green living, sustainable and renewable living, and types of energy. You can find some of my work at Snaptee Earth Warrior. I also have other products located here. I hope you love them as much as I do! Thanks!
Earth Warrior Wind Turbine Hoodie