Hillary Chybinski: 4 Ways to Protect our Planet Every Day

Thursday, April 17, 2014

4 Ways to Protect our Planet Every Day

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. We hear it a lot don't we? In fact, I just used it in a post about finding additional recycling materials in your own bathroom. Seems like everyone is going "green" too. And with Earth Day celebrations planned for April 22, it seems as if we are being bombarded with green messages.

But what does it all mean? Does planting trees on one particular day, or recycling on one day make a difference? Actually it does. . .but think of what we could do for our family's, our neighborhood's, and even our planet's sustainability if we made some small changes Every Day.

I'm not saying you need to add solar panels to your house and buy an electric car, although both of those things are good for the planet and can save you money in the long run. But thinking about how you consume things in your own home, what it takes to produce those things and then trash those things, how you use them, and what their carbon footprint is, can make a difference. The last thing any of us need, is to make our lives more difficult. But sometimes, some easy things can make a big difference.

What are some simple ways you and I can help the planet - not just on Earth Day, but Every Day?
  • Something I've been considering is switching to cloth napkins and trying to eliminate so many paper products in our home.  Reusable snack bags and sandwich bags are an additional option.
  • Grow your own herbs and vegetables. We do a bit of this each year. It doesn't have to be a "garden" - just some pots on a sunny windowsill or on your back step.
  • Try composting. There are some great tips out there for starting your own composting bin - it doesn't have to be large, every little bit helps. This is also on my consideration list.
  • Walk. Are you lucky enough to live within walking distance of entertainment and supplies? Can you walk (or bike) to the school or park where your kids have sporting and other activities?
All of these choices have a gentler impact on our planet. What "easy" activities, tips and tricks do you have for protecting our planet? 

Here's a little video about some eco-friendly products from Melissa Gerstein, Co-Founder of Lifestyle Brand, "The Moms" - what are some of your favorite earth-friendly products and brands?

I'd love to know more about how your family helps protect our planet - leave me a comment!

catch you soon -

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