Simple Ways you can help the Earth

 

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Clean Air Gardening created this PDF file with some terrific Earth Day tips that include simple, practical ways of helping the environment.

With their permission, we are reprinting the tips here. Please feel free to download the nicely designed PDF attachment if you’d like to keep a copy, or pass it around to anyone else you think might benefit from these tips.

It’s easier than you might think to contribute to ecological conservation. Minor efforts like the ones in the following list, practiced by millions of people just like you, can have an amazing effect on the health of our planet.

• Recycle paper, metal, and plastics wherever possible, and support recycling efforts by purchasing items made from recycled materials. A great deal of fleece clothing, for example, is made out of recycled plastic.

• Don’t throw away organic material; compost it. A significant proportion of the waste could be sustaining the earth instead of taxing its resources.

• Buy fruits and vegetables from a local farmer’s market, or grow some of your own. Since the produce doesn’t have to travel as far, it saves fuel and you’re supporting local farmers.

• Use manual or electrical tools instead of gas-powered ones. This cuts down on carbon emissions and other atmospheric pollutants.

• Use compact fluorescent and LED light bulbs, which are far more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs. Be sure to turn off these lights when you’re not using them, along with any unused electronics.

• If you’re a gardener (and we hope you are!) use organic rather than chemical and fossil fuel based fertilizers. The runoff from chemical fertilizers can contaminate water supplies and harm marine life, while properly applied organic fertilizers improve the soil and result in healthier plants.

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• Buy appliances, computers, and lighting fixtures marked with the Energy Star logo. These items meet the stringent energy-efficiency guidelines of the Energy Star program, a joint effort on the part of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy to promote energy conservation.

• Is it nearby? Consider riding a bicycle or walking to your destination. It’s worth the extra effort and time, and most of use could use the exercise anyway. On days you can’t ride a bike, consider taking public transportation if it’s available to you.

• Plant a tree in your yard, or in a public area. Trees and other plants are instrumental in cleaning carbon dioxide out of the air; some can even filter out other pollutants. Every year, plant some flowers, too.

• Turn down your household thermostat in the winter, and turn it up in the summer. Use ceiling and floor fans more often to cool your home during warm weather. In addition to sacrificing for the good of the Earth, you’ll see significant savings in your monthly energy costs.

Thanks to Clean Air Gardening for sharing these tips and letting us reprint them.

What is your most practical environmental tip? Share it with a comment.

2 Comments

  1. I think recycling can be carried into other areas of thinking, too. Recycle clothing by evolving old styles into new with a few changes or accessories. Give the clothing to charities when you no longer want it. Cut up and use paper grocery sacks for mailing packages instead of buying paper. Reuse plastic bags that you can’t avoid accumulating–instead of buying more plastic for wrapping refrigerables, packing your suitcase items, etc. Shred office paper and add it to your compost pile. If you have a home office, save all the paper that comes printed one side and use it for scrap printing. Find out what toiletries, personal items, utensils, and other things your local shelters need and save these from your travels and home use, then donate. It’s a mindset that grows when you think that way.

  2. iTS HARD TO USE ELECTRIC OR MANUAL EQUIPMENT IN LANDSCAPING WHEN YOUR COMPETITORS DON,T CLIENTS HAVE HARD TIME PAYING EXTRA FOR THE TIME IT TAKES TO MANUALLY PRUNE A SHRUB IT IS BETTER FOR THE PLANTS AND LOOKS BETTER TO ..national publications need to print more material on this subject. also the lawn and garden industry has been working on cleaner running engines for its equipment with higher cost added to our price. with this product has to be added to cost of doing business. Also cost of organic material is higher….clients want fast fixes for their problems, hard to explain it takes time to get results with organics.

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