It’s Earth Day 2019, and that means there’s pretty much no better day than today to think about our planet; making a conscious effort to recycle can significantly reduce the amount of waste generated every year. Here are a few simple changes that can really make a big difference.
1. Buy a reusable water bottle
Every glass bottle recycled saves enough energy to light a 100 watt bulb for 4 hours.
2. Separate out your garbage
Separate glass, paper and landfill. Proper waste management can have lasting effects on your community, and your environment.
3. Buy a reusable grocery or shopping bag
When shopping at the mall or your local supermarket, bring your own bag to take home purchases. Only 1% of all plastic bags distributed at supermarkets or malls get recycled.
4. Air dry some of your clothes
The average residential washing machine uses about 41 gallons of water per load. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that an electric clothes dryer accounts for almost six percent of a household’s annual electricity consumption.
5. Invest in an electrical car
There are many reasons why one might consider making the switch to an EV – electric cars are higher efficiency than gas-powered cars, can reduce your dependence on fossil fuels and require less maintenance than most cars.
6. Recycle old newspapers laying around the office
They can be used as wrap packages in food stores or to dry and then polish windows after washing.
7. Buy rechargeable batteries
It eliminates toxic lead from entering landfills and possibly our ground water.
8. Save and reuse gift bags, ribbons and bows
It's smart for the environment and for your wallet.
9. Donate your old clothes, furniture, toys or appliances to charity.
Donate your used clothing, furniture, electronics, computers and televisions to thrift stores or local charities. You can also post them on Craig’s List, sell them or garage sale or eBay.
10. Reduce and reuse straws
Americans use 500 million straws per day — and consequently, they’re one of the top five most common forms of trash picked up from coastlines..