Happy Earth Day, everyone!
Friday, April 22, 2016, marks the 46th official celebration of Earth Day. Since our family is big on conserving water, recycling, and saving our planet, this is one of our favorite holidays. We are so blessed to live on a beautiful earth created for our enjoyment with clean air, water, and natural resources. Shouldn’t we work hard to keep it that way?
Consider the facts…
- 220 million tons of waste being generated in the U.S. alone each year.
- 55% of that trash ends up in one of 3,500 landfills.
- Each day the U.S. throws away enough trash to fill 63,000 garbage trucks.
- Average Americans use 650 lbs. of paper a year.
- There are about 51 billion pieces of litter found on roadways (6,729 items per mile)!
- Litter cleanup costs the U.S. more than $11.5 billion each year.
The good news is, there are plenty of things you and I can do about it! This Earth Day, I encourage you to take some specific steps.
First of all, let’s work together to reverse litter! The Ten on Tuesday tradition was launched in 2015 in North Texas to help keep our roads, waterways, and parks clean. Even if you’re not in Texas, I still encourage you to join the cause.
It’s simple – you can join over 18,686 people who have taken the pledge and start picking up 10 pieces of trash or recyclables every Tuesday. Consider it your gift to Mother Nature.
2nd, I advise you to follow the 3 Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!) by doing the following:
- Use fewer paper towels and napkins by using cloth napkins, dishtowels and sponges in the kitchen and dining room.
- Avoid using disposable goods (paper plates, cups, etc.)
Bring a “no garbage” lunch to school: use reusable containers, bags, and a thermos.
- Refill your old water bottle from the tap and use it again.
- Turn your trash into art – be creative!
Collect and recycle materials like metal cans, newspapers, magazines, cardboard, and plastics.
- Use items that have been recycled.
Finally, become involved in your community!
- Attend an Earth Day celebration (find one near you).
- Donate $1 to plant a tree.
- Watch an Earth-friendly movie with your family. My favorites include Wall-E, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, and Happy Feet. They all teach important lessons on protecting our world.
With that, I wish you a wonderful Earth Day and I know that together, we can make a big difference, and a better world! Are there any tips you’d like to add on keeping our home beautiful?Be confident!