Happy 42nd Earth Day.
The first Earth Day, observed across the country on April 22, 1970, highlighted a growing public concern for ecological issues. More than 40 years later, the call to protect our planet still resonates.
Recyclebank, a company that gives discounts and deals to people for taking everyday green actions, put together some easy electronic-minded ideas to help the planet.
- If all of Facebook’s 845 million users shortened their shower by 1 minute, the amount of water saved would fill 1.1 million Olympic sized swimming pools.
- If every person on Twitter turned their computer off for one hour, it would be like taking 9,128 cars off the road each year.
- If every smartphone was recycled when it was no longer in use, enough energy would be saved to power 199,800 homes for one full year.
To celebrate a day dedicated to going green, we’ve got a few tips for Berkley-Huntington Woods Patch users to help the environment:
- Shut down your computer when you're not using it.
- Take a shorter shower.
- Recycle plastic water bottles.
- Better yet, use a reusable water bottle.
- Use citronella candles instead of bug spray to repel insects, when you can.
- Better yet, ride your bike.
- Borrow books from the library instead of buying them everytime.
- Unplug appliances and chargers that aren't being used.
- Switch your lightbulbs to CFLs.
- Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot.
- Plant a garden or shop at a local farmers' market.
- Let your kids color on the back of junk mail or one-sided copies.
- Give things away instead of throwing them away.
- Stop paper bank statements and pay bills online.
- Keep a priority on recycling.
- Don't preheat the oven, unless you really need to.
- Use old clothes for rags instead of paper towels.
- Buy secondhand when possible and check places like craigslist before you look for new items.
- Remember that no one is perfect. You will better serve the planet by just doing what you can, when you can.
What do you do to help the planet?