In honor of Earth Day, we’ve put together these simple tips to help you reduce your carbon footprint and show Mother Nature the love she deserves!
1) Reusable Grocery Bags
Reusable grocery bags are great for cutting down on paper and plastic, and they're extremely affordable. Plus, their use is not confined to groceries. You can use these for any kind of shopping you do. Keep some bags in your car so you have them handy. If you do forget your bag, you can use your paper bag for your recyclables at home!
2) Reusable Water Bottles
Reusable water bottles are a great way to reduce your use of plastic. Plus, there are lots of brands that offer bottles with fun designs so you can add a little flair to your hydration! We love the variety of patterns and colors offered by S'well.
3) Know Your Energy "Profile"
Most energy suppliers offer extensive data on your energy consumption. Take some time to look at your energy usage history to see where your energy is going and where you can cut back.
4) Befriend the Bees
Bees may be pesty, scary and sometimes the ultimate party pooper at an outdoor summer BBQ. What you may not know, however, is that bees offer an indispensable service to our environment. Bees move pollen from plants to plants, contributing to our wealth of agriculture. You don't have to grow a bee-friendly garden in your backyard to contribute to their livelihood. We love what Cheerios is doing to help keep our bee population thriving.
5) Turn off the Lights
Every time you leave a room in your house or apartment, make sure to turn off the lights (this also goes for any fans or space heaters) If you're uncomfortable leaving all the lights off when you're away from home, consider getting a timer.
6) Take Shorter Showers
Don't get us wrong, we want you to be clean. However, an average shower uses about 5 gallons of water per minute. That's a lot of water! Instead of treating showers like a 10 minute spa session, try to be as efficient as possible.
Did you know that even when appliances are turned off, they are still using some energy if they are plugged in. If there are certain appliances that you only use occasionally, unplug them from the wall and you can reduce up to 10% of energy expenditure. Bonus - you'll lower your energy bill!