How to make every day Earth Day


Yesterday was Earth Day. How did you celebrate? Did you talk to your kids about reusing and recycling? If not, no worries! It doesn't have to be Earth Day to practice kindness toward our planet. Here are 13 easy ways you can make every day Earth Day—and reduce your family's carbon footprint, big time.

  1. Join a local park, river or beach clean-up.
  2. Carpool, ride your bike or walk to school, work, and friends’ houses.
  3. Keep your tires properly inflated to get better gas mileage.
  4. Stop using disposable plastics—especially single-use plastics like bottles, bags, and straws.
  5. Reduce your garbage by 10% and your carbon footprint by 1,200 pounds a year by recycling your paper, plastic and glass.
  6. Donate your old clothes and home goods instead of throwing them away.
  7. Use cloth towels instead of paper towels.
  8. Pay all bills online. You’ll save trees and the fuel it takes to deliver your bills by truck.
  9. Pack your lunch in a reusable bag.
  10. Bring reusable bags to the grocery store.
  11. Grow your own vegetables.
  12. Turn off lights when you leave a room.
  13. Move your thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in summer to reduce your carbon footprint by 2,000 lbs.