April 22, 2011 at 8:52 am , by Cherise Bathersfield
If you want to do more than hug your favorite tree in honor of Earth Day, try at least one of these 10 tips from public health and safety organization NSF International, and turn your Earth Day celebration into an everyday fete.
1. Pack Lighter: An extra 10 pounds of baggage per air traveler requires 350 million more gallons of jet fuel per year.
2. Change colors: Paint your home a light color if you live in a warm climate or a dark color if you live in a cold climate to reduce energy consumption.
3. Air-dry: Dry your clothes outdoors. They’ll smell great, and your utility bills will be significantly reduced.
4. Use reusables: Replace disposable home products with reusable ones like rechargeable batteries, washable food storage containers and cloth towels.
5. Buy used, borrow, or rent: Purchase used or recycled products when you can, and if you only need something temporarily, check with friends or neighbors to see if you can borrow or rent it.
6. Eco-clean: Choose eco-friendly cleaning products or try a simple mixture of vinegar or baking soda in hot water for cleaning up around the house.
7. Stay local: Buy produce, meat and dairy products from local suppliers. Not only does this support local business, but also fewer natural resources are used to package and transport the food.
8. Eco-build: Look for building materials with either a SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) or FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) label, which tells you if the wood was responsibly grown and harvested. When replacing flooring, buy eco-friendly versions such as carpets made from recycled materials or flooring from sustainable resources.
9. Get water efficient: Install low flow faucets and shower fixtures and take shorter showers, which will cut down on water usage as well as water heating costs.
10. Go digital: Subscribe to online versions of magazines instead of getting printed publications delivered to you (except your LHJ, of course!). Digital music and movie downloads are great green alternatives to purchasing hard copy CDs or DVDs.
Photo by: FlyingSinger