Today is Earthday, next month is Mother’s Day, and well let’s face it there is a holiday to be celebrated in about every month. Today we will here advertisements to help save the Earth and recycle, reuse, conserve and other Earth saving ideas. Great plan right?
I am sort of viewing it like Valentines Day, or Mother’s Day.It seems like every holiday has gotten to be so commercialized that we focus on “one day”. Often all focus goes into buying the perfect gift for that one special day. The perfect Mother’s Day Gift, the perfect Valentine for our sweethearts. Just think if we put energy everyday into loving our mothers, loving our special someones and TAKING CARE OF THE EARTH WE LIVE ON…. well wouldn’t that be a wonderful thing?
So my thought is this what can you do today to Celebrate Earth Day that you can make a permanent change in your life that will help make the world a better place?
Here are some ideas:
Styrofoam Lasts a Really, Really, REALLY long time – Try 500 years. Or more. Think about millions of burger boxes, packing peanuts, and take-out containers, sitting in landfills, not biodegrading. Then buy eggs in cardboard, rather than styrofoam, containers.
Office Paper – Does your office recycle? Chances are it generates a vast amount of clean paper waste. Ask your building management about recycling programs. If none are in place, then put boxes (marked “Recycled Paper Only”) under every desk and next to copiers. Arrange to have a recycler pick them up or take them to a recycling facility periodically.
Sticker Shock – As fuel prices increase it will be even smarter to own fuel-efficient vehicles. Check the mileage ratings when you buy a car and compare the efficiency of your favorite models before you purchase. If gas goes up to $6.00 a gallon, which one will you want to have in your garage?
Use Cloth Instead – Carry cloth shopping bags. Use rags or towels instead of paper towels for cleaning.
Reuseable and Unbleached – Store food in bowls or Tupperware that can be reused endlessly. Use unbleached coffee filters (not bleached). Use more waxed paper that is biodegradable (instead of foil and plastic wrap).
Recycle Paper – Newspapers, junk mail, office papers, corrugated boxes, and paper bags are just a few of the items that can be recycled. Use local recycling facilities or call local authorities to learn about recycling options.
Recycle Glass, Plastic, and Cans – Get your local recycling requirements for these items and recycle every them every day. Collect cans and bottles when you travel, when you picnic, or eat a drive-ins. Recycle what you can.
Paint Tips – Oil based paints are toxic. They cannot be thrown out in the trash, but require special “hazardous waste” handling available at most recycling facilities. Call for instructions and collection dates. Use latex paint instead. To dispose of excess latex paint, leave the can uncovered to allow evaporation, then pull out the hardened paint and recycle the can. Never pour paint on the ground or wash brushes outside, as the runoff can contaminate groundwater.
Bag Lady – Recycle both paper and plastic shopping bags. Decline bags for smaller purchases such as stamps, greeting cards, etc. Or, better still, carry a lightweight cloth or string bag.
Arbor Day – Here’s the best idea of all: Plant a tree, or two, or even three. They’re beautiful, they provide shade, consume CO2 (that’s good), and they produce oxygen. Breathe it in. Then go plant a tree.
Is recycling, conserving, and being environmentally conscious a smart thing to do? If you need to be convinced just look at your children or grandchildren in the eye and answer this question. Do you want them to have clean fresh air to breathe and water to drink?
So today, Be good to yourself and do something special for you. Hug your sweetheart and let them know they are important to you. Call your mother and tell her that everyday is Mothers Day and let her know what she means in your life, and implement Earth friendly things into your daily routine. Then, do these things everyday.