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April is Earth Month. But, we don't have to wait until April to live greener and be more Earth friendly. Every month can be Earth Month. You can make simple changes that make a huge impact. Here are 5 simple steps to greener living for you and your family.
1. Switch to reusable snack and storage containers.
Instead of plastic snack and lunch bags, switch to a reusable container. You can use fabric snack bags, plastic containers, or glass jars to store and transport foods and snacks. These reusable containers can be found at low costs and they will help reduce waste.
2. Recycle whenever possible.
If your community has recycling facilities, recycle the materials they will take. Many facilities will recycle paper, plastic, and glass. Others may also take aluminum, cardboard, and other items. So check with your local recycle facility. Composting is another way to recycle/reuse food scraps into reusable fertilizer for your garden or yard. You can compost vegetables, fruit, eggshells, grass clippings, leaves, wood ash, coffee grounds, etc.
3. Quit using disposable plastic bottles.
Americans throw away enough plastic bottles each year to circle the Earth 4 times. Those disposable plastic bottles take 400-1000 years to break down in landfills. Instead of buying bottled water, buy a water filter pitcher and a refillable glass or metal bottle. Most water pitcher filters will filter enough water to fill 300 bottles. You'll save money and the environment at the same time.
4. Donate clothing and other household goods.
Instead of throwing away reusable items, donate them to charity. There are many charities that will take gently used clothing, toys, furniture, building materials, household goods, etc. As an added bonus, you can usually deduct the donation on your taxes. Donating helps out you, the charity, and the environment by keeping usable goods out of landfills.
5. Be energy smart.
Turn off lights when you leave the room. Unplug appliances that aren't in use. Switch to batteries made with recycled materials/batteries like these new Energizer EcoAdvanced batteries.
I found these at my local Walmart on a battery display near the registers. The come in AA and AAA packages. I love that these EcoAdvenced batteries are the first battery on the market to use recycled batteries/materials. Plus these are Energizer's longest lasting alkaline battery ever made. Using batteries like this will reduce the amount of batteries you buy, thus resulting in less used batteries in landfills.
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These are just a few of the ways you and your family can be a little greener. Now, that I've shared how my family lives more Earth friendly, I'd love to hear how you do it!
Leave a comment sharing your family's tips to living greener.