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 theÂ nicely designedÂ PDF attachment if you’d like to keep a copy, orÂ 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.
â€¢ 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.
â€¢ Don’t throw away organic material; compost it. A significant proportion of the waste could be sustaining the earth instead of taxing its resources.
â€¢ 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.
â€¢ Use manual or electrical tools instead of gas-powered ones. This cuts down on carbon emissions and other atmospheric pollutants.
â€¢ 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.
â€¢ 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.
â€¢ 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.
â€¢ 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.
â€¢ 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.
â€¢ 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.
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