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5 Easy Ways You Can Help the Environment

We all want to make sure that our children have a good, clean world to inherit. With everything that we have to do to make sure that the world is clean, it can sometimes be very overwhelming to try and help the environment. There’s no time in our busy schedules that are full of errand running, appointment setting, grocery shopping, etc. for stopping and focusing on helping the environment. Thankfully, there are five easy ways for you to help the environment without having to put a pause on the rest of your life. And remember that every little thing you do helps!

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  1. Replace your lights. The new compact fluorescent bulbs are much more environmentally friendly than any other kind of light bulb. If every household in the United State replaced one regular light bulb with a new compact fluorescent bulb, the pollution reduction would be equivalent to removing one million cars from the road. If you don’t like the color of the light, you can always use the bulbs in places were you don’t stay very long, like closets!
  2. Recycle! You knew this one was coming. The more plastic, glass, and paper that you recycle, the less that goes into landfills. Did you know that recycled glass reduces related air pollution by 20 percent and related water pollution by 50 percent? If glass isn’t recycled, it can take a million years to decompose! Don’t forget to recycle newspapers as well! There are 63 million newspapers printed each day in the U.S. Of these, 44 million, or about 69%, will be thrown away. Recycling just the Sunday papers would save more than half a million trees every week.
  3. Use re-usable containers! If you start off every day with a cup of coffee, consider all of the waste that you are making. It’s much smarter to get a re-usable container that you can bring in to coffee houses, which will be happy to fill it up for you. Additionally, using a re-usable water bottle is much smarter. Thousands upon thousands of plastic water bottles are thrown away each year. Using re-usable water bottles cuts your trash output and keeps plastic water bottles out of landfills.
  4. Turn off your lights. Always turn off incandescent bulbs when you leave a room. Fluorescent bulbs are more affected by the number of times they are switched on and off, so turn them off when you leave a room for 15 minutes or more. You’ll save energy on the bulb itself, but also on cooling costs, as lights contribute heat to a room. If you’re at your house during the daytime, remember that sunlight is an excellent source of light.
  5. Use cloth grocery bags. Europeans have already made the switch and Americans are trying! Did you know that each year, the U.S. uses 84 billion plastic bags, a significant portion of the 500 billion used worldwide? Since they aren’t biodegradable, they make their way into oceans. Stronger, reusable bags are an inexpensive and readily available option! Use them to help save the earth on every trip to the grocery store.

You may not think that you can do anything to help the environment. Surprisingly, everyone can be an environmental hero! These five steps are just a few of the ways you can make small changes in your life to help the environment. If you have any questions, or want to talk about the Green Movement, follow us on twitter!