While every day should be Earth Day, April is officially the 49th Annual Earth Month aka the perfect time to launch your efforts to reduce your personal carbon footprint. I’ve rounded up a list of the easiest ways for you to make a difference this Earth Month and beyond.
Ditch the plastic bags
Plastic carrier bags are not biodegradable, nor are they recyclable. They sit in landfills where they often end up polluting the ocean and infiltrating food sources. That is why I am asking you to ditch the bag. Retail establishments in my county are required to charge 5 cents per bag at point of sale. 5 cents add up! I say, save your money and use a strong reusable bag.
Buy foods with less packaging
When I began purchasing food with less packaging it was difficult to say the least. I was simply unaware how much plastic covers our everyday foods. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that containers and packaging make up almost a quarter of all landfill waste, with the average American generating four pounds of trash a day, most of it food-related. I started to cut back my packaging by visiting my local farmers markets and bringing my own jars to buy bulk items. I also found Litterless, an online zero waste community that share resources like "where to shop" and "where to compost" in your state.
We love our coffee but could your disposable cup be killing the environment? After learning paper cups are not recyclable because of the plastic liner and coffee contamination, I knew I had to make a change. Want to take a step towards helping the environment? Just ask your barista to fill your own stainless steel tumbler or glass coffee mug and they are happy to oblige. Straws, to-go cups, disposable razors, and plastic grocery bags are some ubiquitous examples of single-use products in our economy. Finding a reusable option for these items we use once and toss is a simple way to make a big difference.
Hope you find these tips helpful this Earth Month. What are you doing to help the environment?