Earth Day Celebration: Tips 11-20

April 19, 2010

In celebration of Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary here are 40 great tips on how to live and work a little more sustainably each day. Try them out this week and see if you can make a few of them work all year.

Tips 11 – 20

11. Buy used. Need a new car, try out a used one first. Most used cars have only been on the road 3-5 years and still are good solid vehicles. Try it out and see if it fits your needs. By purchasing used, we are extending the life of these vehicles and reducing the number of new cars that need to be built each year.

12. Write a letter. Reach out to your mayor, representative even your president and tell them how important the environment is to you. Remind them that you elected them and that you expect them to do what they can to keep our waterways clean, make our energy sources more efficient and our homes safe and beautiful. Need an idea for a letter, check out some of the examples in the Letters category.

13. Open your windows. We all need fresh air. If the temperature is comfortable, open your windows and air the place out. Air quality will improve and you’ll probably be pretty comfy.

14. Compost. Start a compost bin in your backyard or on your stoop. See how much waste you can divert from a landfill just by separating out the egg shells and banana peals into a compost pile for next years flowers.

15. Celebrate! Make Earth Day a holiday for your family and friends. Host a picnic, go for a hike or just spend some time together outside enjoying our shared home. It is a day to remember how lucky we are to have such a great place to live, and to remind ourselves that we need to work to keep it beautiful.

16. Challenge your partners. Share your plans to become more sustainable with your business partners. Tell these other companies that supply or receive your services and goods that you expect them to take similar steps and challenge them to show you real results. Set real goals that you both can achieve and hold each other to them.

17. Clean your filters. At work, at home, at school ask if the filters have been cleaned in your HVAC systems? If they haven’t anytime in the last decade make sure that it happens. The air quality in the building will improve and the system won’t have to work as hard to maintain the right temperature.

18. Turn the lights out. There is nothing more romantic than candlelight. Why not try a turning out your electric lights for a night and living by candlelight, or even just turning in early. You will save electricity and you might have a great time changing up your regular routine.

19. Eat Organic. Try to eat at least one meal a day made of all organic food. Simply stated, organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones.  Try it out and see what you think. If you like that fresh chemical free taste stick with it.

20. Walk the stairs. Do you need to take the elevator to the third floor? Try walking the stairs for a week. Keeping the elevators idle will reduce electrical usage and beef up those quads and calves.

Come back tomorrow to see tips 21-30.

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