5 Easy Ways to Celebrate Earth Day
Happy Earth Day to our Generation W community! What are you doing to celebrate? While “going green” may seem like a daunting task, incorporating small changes to your daily routine can go a long way towards improving our planet–and improving your health.
Here are 5 easy ways to celebrate Earth Day every day:
Skip Your Shower
According to the EPA, our nice little 10-minute shower consumes up to 50 gallons of water. A relaxing bath? Up to 70 gallons. This Earth Week, skip your shower for at least one day which will not only save water for the people that really need it, but it will keep your skin healthier. Daily showering can wash away skin’s natural oils which are needed to build up a healthy immune system and to have that healthy, natural glow we all love.
Find a New Way to Work
Consider a more earth-friendly way to get to work this week. According to the EPA, leaving your car at home twice a week can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1,600 pounds per year. Bike or walk to work if you are able, which will save you money and improve your health. If you have a long commute, carpool with a friend—a great way to start and end your workday!
Going meatless for just one meal every week is not only good for your body, but good for the planet. By reining in your meat consumption you will be helping to minimize water usage, reduce fossil fuel dependence and reduce your overall carbon footprint. For some great meatless ideas, checkout Generation W speaker Blakely Stein’s Lady Love Food blog.
Whenever possible, buy from local farmers or farmers’ markets which not only helps the planet, but improves your local economy. Checkout sites such as Local Harvest which has a “grassroots’ directory that includes 30,000 family farms and farmers markets, along with restaurants and grocery stores featuring local food or Eat Wild which includes a directory of farms for grass-fed meat and dairy products in the US and Canada.
Use Your Dishwasher
While you might think running your dishwasher uses more water than washing by hand, it doesn’t. According to a blog from Generation W speaker Saudia Davis, washing a load of dishes in a dishwasher actually uses LESS water and, thanks to today’s models that include “economy” settings, it can also save you a little energy. Make sure your dishwasher is full before you run it and let your dishes air-dry instead of using the heat-dry option.