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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

What's Your Earth Day Resolution?

Here are some you can take up.

- Ditch plastic wrap (some of it contains PVC?yikes!)

- Stop using paper plates. This is one of my biggest pet peeves. It's wasteful and completely unnecessary. If you're worried about family time, make washing dishes or loading the dishwasher a rotating chore that you do with one of your kids each evening.

- Use public transit

- Walk or take your bike whenever possible

- Stop using chemical cleaners. Switch to natural products or homemade solutions.

- Choose organic foods

- Grow your own fruits and vegetables to eliminate pesticides and a huge part of your carbon footprint.

- Start composting!

- Stop using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. There are tons of natural alternatives on the market and all sorts of home remedies. (Trust me, people with chemical sensitivities will thank you.)

- Use cloth diapers.

- Volunteer with a local recycling program or environmental group.

- Paper or plastic? Neither. Always take along a reusable bag when you leave the house.

- Learn one new thing about the environment every week, then pass it on. Knowledge is power.

- Reduce your garbage to a maximum of one bag per week. (It's the limit in my town, and with four people in my house, we rarely fill the bag.)

- Send one letter or postcard to a politician.

- Cut your paper footprint and switch to recycled paper products?paper towels, toilet paper, printing paper.

- Ditch wrapping paper and paper gift bags in favor of eco-friendly and reusable alternatives.

- Refuse to use polystyrene (Styrofoam). If a restaurant or take-out joint uses it, point out that it's unhealthy and bad for the environment.

- Don't buy products made with PVC (polyvinyl chlorate). PVC is difficult to recycle and a recent study links the phthalates in vinyl flooring to autism. Other places PVC is lurking include: shower curtains, rain gear...

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