Today marks the 46th year of the Earth Day movement and it’s only right that we celebrate with tips to help you reduce your carbon footprint on the planet. But, before we dive into our guide to greener living, here are a few interesting facts to keep in mind:
- In 2015, the United States generated about 4 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity. About 67% of the electricity generated was from fossil fuels.
- For every one million cell phones that are recycled, 35,274 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered.
- Recycling one aluminum can provides enough electricity to power a television set for up to three hours.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
- The “reduce, reuse, recycle” model can be applied to many different aspects of your life, from home to personal. How so? You can take small steps to reduce your energy consumption by installing energy efficient light bulbs and blackout curtains throughout your home.
- When you’re out shopping (with your eco-friendly shopping bag), consider adding reusable products like refillable water bottles, rechargeable batteries or cotton rags to your list.
- And finally, instead of tossing your old cell phones and digital cameras in the trash, consider recycling or donating them. Most electronics have toxic materials like lead, arsenic and mercury which could leak out into the landfills – ultimately harming us and the planet.
- If you want to go beyond the above initiatives to live a more environmentally-friendly life, these options are great ways to better the environment!
- org seeks to match volunteers with causes of every kind. Opportunities to clean local parks, reduce pollution, improve local recycling efforts and more can be found on this site, giving tons of opportunities to get involved.
- Earth Share has supported environmental efforts for more than twenty years and is an incredible outlet for green efforts.
- Getting involved with local organizations is a great way to create a more sustainable community, and can be a great family activity. Getting together a group to help improve a local school’s recycling system or working with local government to install recycling bins at nearby parks is an initiative you can start on your own!
How are you celebrating Earth Day this year?