Today is Earth Day (it is celebrated each year on April 22nd). A perfect time to evaluate your ecological footprint (translation: how earth friendly are your habits?). Maybe you are a die-hard environmentalist, living sans electricity in a tree house, or maybe you live in a 10,000 sq. ft. mansion and fly around the globe in your own Gulfstream. Or maybe you are, like most of us, somewhere in the middle.
The good news is that you don’t have to completely overhaul your life to become a little greener. Here are ten small (and simple, I promise) changes you can make to help protect the earth.
1) Buy fewer products packaged in plastic.
2) Recycle your plastics, glass and paper.
3) Buy your veggies from the local farmer’s market.
4) Eat veggies and fruits that are in season.
5) Plant a garden. No yard? Plant a windowsill herb garden.
6) Remember what your parents told you when you were a kid – turn off the lights! (this one is for you Dad)
7) Buy recycled products.
8) Wash your laundry in cold water. OK, I will admit that there are a few items (unmentionables, sheets) that require a hot water wash (no judgement here), but remember to reset the temp to cold afterwards.
9) Hang your laundry to dry.
10) Bring your own reusable bags for grocery shopping. These are awesome and come in tons of cute colors and patterns (translation: this line is for the handbag addicts out there, not that I know anyone like that).