It's officially Earth Day today. But really, isn't every day earth day?
Thankfully big initiatives like the Green Cities Campaign is being undertaken worldwide, to help cities around the world become more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint. Focused on three key elements – buildings, energy, and transportation – the campaign aims to help cities accelerate their transition to a cleaner, healthier, and more economically viable future.
But what about the little initiatives, on a personal level, that we can do today? Here's some ideas from the staff at Live Superfoods:
- Keep all plastic bags in a separate area of your kitchen/pantry and recycle at grocery store. Almost all grocery stores have plastic bag recycle centers
- Make sure you say NO to double bagging (Safeway usually double bags all your items!) Or even better...Bring your own bags!
- Use less paper towels. Especially when at home, dishcloths work great for drying hands or wiping up messes. Paper towels with large perforated pieces, try ripping in half and using a smaller amount, or folding them.
- Pick up a couple pieces of litter the next time you're heading down the trail or sidewalk
- Refill your stainless water bottles instead of using plastic water bottles
- After rinsing your lettuce in the salad spinner, dump the excess water on the shrub or tree outside the back door, not just down the drain
- Rinse and recycle your Starbuck's latte cup (instead of pitching it in the garbage)
- Use more washable, reusable containers and less baggies for lunches and snacks (aka: Waste Free Lunch)
And on that final suggestion, here's our favorite reusables:
Here's to doing your part. It's easier than you think.