At The Growing Place, we like to help out the environment in any way we can. Each year, people from all around the world celebrate Earth Day on April 22. Festivals, demonstrations, and other activities are planned in cities everywhere to bring awareness to the earth’s rapidly depleting resources. The first Earth Day was on April 22, 1970. Senator Gaylord Nelson founded the holiday. Turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth you can save 4 gallons of water every day. Here are other ways to help every day, not just on Earth Day!
- Slow the Flow: A faucet leaking just one drop per second wastes over 1,300 gallons per year! If you have an irrigation system for your lawn or garden make sure to shut it off on rainy days. Save gallons of water each summer by adding a rain barrel (or two) to your downspouts to collect rain to water your garden or containers. You can order a rain barrel directly from The Conservation Foundation.
- Choose Both Sides: Using the other side of the paper can cut that pollution almost in half! And choose recycled paper—especially processed-chlorine-free recycled paper.
- 'Greener' Lawn: You’ll save money and reduce emissions by mowing your lawn less or with an electric mower. Keep your grass at least 3” tall to save on water consumption. The shorter the grass the more water needed. Don't over fertilize! Ideally, your lawn only needs fertilization in spring and fall.
- Meatless Dinner Once a Week: Plan a meat alternative for dinner. Think about planting a herb or vegetable garden and adding it a salad or pasta. Reducing meat consumption conserves fresh water, topsoil and reduces air pollution. Shop local or grow local. The closer your food is to you, fewer resoures are expended getting it to you.
- Walk, Hike, Ride a Bike: If people in the U.S. would occasionally ride a bike for a short errand instead of driving a car, over 70 million gallons of fuel could be saved each year! And there’s the added benefit of enjoying the fresh air and exercise! For short errands, take a hike!
- Plant a Tree Every Earth Day! Over a 50-year lifetime, a tree generates $31,250 worth of oxygen, provides $62,000 worth of air pollution control, recycles$37,500 worth of water, and controls $31,250 worth of soil erosion. It also provides shade that keeps homes and cities cooler!
- Give Weeds a 'Hand': Herbicides aren’t the only way to control weeds, and they’re certainly not the most environment-friendly way! Invest in a good pair of gloves and garden tools, and remove weeds by hand. Also, choose natural alternatives to pesticides for getting rid of pests!
- Lighten Your Energy Bill: There’s a brighter way to light your home: new Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs). Compared to regular bulbs, CFLs last 10 times longer, use only 1/4 the energy and produce 90% less heat—yet they produce more light per watt! Brighten the future: go CFL!
- "Conscious" Laundry: Instead of saving those piles of laundry for Saturday or Sunday afternoon, do it at night when energy costs are lower. If you have to do laundry during the day try hanging your clothes outside in nature's dryer
- Save the Plastic: Recycle those planter pots purchased from your garden center. Tip: Use them to fill large pots to save on soil usage and help with drainage.
- Green Mother's Day: For the mom who loves to garden, buy her native plant!
- Reduce, Reuse Recycle: It’s not just a slogan. You can start making the world a ‘greener’ place today: return hangers to the cleaners, donate clothing and computers to charities, pack lunches in reusable containers instead of bags, there are hundreds of easy things to do! It’s up to you!
Posted on 4/21/2016 at 9:26:00 AM