Tips for Prevention
Every Day Earth Tips
Use environmentally-friendly, non-toxic cleaning products.
You can choose a transparent cleaning brand like our partners at Seventh Generation or make your own products! Lemon juice has antibacterial qualities and is a tough stain fighter for countertops. Or you can maintain a sparkling clean house by using a mixture of baking soda and vinegar rather than harmful bleach.
Eat fruits, veggies and locally sourced foods.
It’s not only good for your heath, but it helps reduce emissions and waste. Buy local food to reduce the distance from farm to fork, frequent your local farmers’ market, or join a local food co-op. Buy organic food to keep your body and the environment free of toxic pesticides by supporting farmers and companies who use organic ingredients.
Find a way to get outside.
Plant a tree, join a local park or beach clean-up, or volunteer for a local environmental group. You can even plant your own organic garden: choose native plants, reduce chemical use and try using coffee grounds and dried, crushed up eggshells to make some great fertilizer.
Reduce your carbon footprint.
Carpool, walk, bike, or take public transit any of the days you can. Remember to recycle paper, plastic and glass. Compost on your own or through a local program. Also, turn off lights you’re not using and when you leave the room, and replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs with efficient CFLs or LEDs.
Skip the print, go online.
Change your paper bills to online billing. You’ll save trees and the fuel it takes to deliver your bills by truck. Plus, store receipts, gas pump receipts, and airline boarding passes are coated in BPA or BPA-like chemicals and touching them can result in toxic chemical exposure.
Stop using disposable plastics, especially single-use plastics like bottles, bags and straws.
In addition to being bad for our planet, plastics can leach harmful chemicals like BPA and phthalates into your food and beverages. Use glass, ceramic, cloth (like beeswax-infused organic cotton), and stainless-steel food storage containers and reusable BPA-free water bottles.
Reduce your water usage and eat less meat.
When it comes to water saving tips, install a low-flow shower head, never use your toilet as a wastebasket, and water your lawn or garden early in the morning or late in evening. You can also eat less meat! It takes an enormous amount of water to produce products like meat and dairy, since the animals eat large amounts of water-intensive feed (corn and soybeans). Wash your veggies and fruits in a large bowl or tub of water and scrub them with a vegetable brush instead of using your faucet as a power-washer.
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