Friday, August 5, 2011

Every Day Is Earth Day: Week 12

"There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves,
that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet."
-Brooke Medicine Eagle

Run a fully loaded dishwasher.
You use a third less water than washing the dishes by hand, saving up to 10 to 20 gallons of water a day.

Say "No Thank You" to paper receipts.
Any time you're asked if you want a receipt- at the gas pump, at the checkout counter, at the bank- just say no. Most end up in the trash and create a lot of waste.

Use eco lip balm, not ChapStick.
Most ChapStick contains petroleum, a non-renewable resource.
Researchers link petrolatum (a common ingredient in lip balms) to breast cancer, hence the EU's restriction on its use.
Plant based options are now widely available, and work better.

Identify gizmos sucking vampire current.
Vampire current is caused by any appliance or electronic gizmo that uses electricity even when its turned off.
They have remote controls, continuous digital display, or external power supplies.
A typical home contains about 20 such vampires.
They add about $200 to your annual electricity bill, according to Cornell University.

Skip single serving containers.
Food packaging accounts for an alarming two-thirds of packaging waste.
Minimize it whenever possible.

Celebrate Earth Hour on Saturday.
A project of the World Wildlife Federation, Earth Hour is a worldwide initiative aimed at boosting awareness of global warming.
The goal is lights out from 8 to 9pm around the globe.

*~ Have a Beautiful Day! ~*

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