This Earth Day, what will you do to make an impact? There's a variety of simple ways you can help the planet by taking small steps and implementing more eco-friendly acts into your daily routine.
1. USE CLOTH BAGS
Avoid plastic or paper bags. Here in my county in Washington State, plastic bags have been banned for the last year or two and there is a five cent fee for each paper bag purchased. This can be avoided (especially when grocery shopping) by bringing your own cloth bags.
2. EAT LESS MEAT
(Or become vegetarian, if you're so inspired). The meat industry accounts for 15 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. If you can't make this sacrifice every day, at least go meat-free once a week.
3. CARPOOL, RIDE A BIKE, TAKE PUBLIC TRANSIT
Eliminating the amount of vehicles on the road will greatly help our pollution issues. Carpool to work with a friend, opt out of a car and ride your bike or take the local transit bus. This will cut down on your costs, too!
This is a given, to me at least, but I know not everybody recycles. Most apartment buildings (and certainly houses) in the U.S. at least come with a garbage and recycling bin.
5. OPT OUT OF PLASTIC BOTTLES
This is something I'm super guilty of that I can work on. Plastic bottles can be super convenient when you're at the supermarket and need something fast to quench your thirst, but planning ahead and packing a water bottle is the best choice you can make--by far.
6. PLANT A TREE
The most cliche but useful tip I found when researching things to do to better your eco footprint was to plant a tree--at least one each Earth Day. By planting a single tree, you produce tons of water and oxygen, as well as keep people happy and shaded during the hot summer months.
What do you do on a daily basis to help the planet?