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Happy Earth Day

Posted on: April 22, 2013

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With all that’s been going on in the world lately, Boston particularly, it’s nice to have a special day to celebrate the earth and just feel at peace…

But what do we do to celebrate such a holiday? We all know how important the Earth is and how vital it is to our health and well-being, but what steps do we / should we be following to ensure the Earth stays healthy too? Well, as a parent, I feel it’s my personal responsibility to do all that I can to help keep the Earth clean so my children and following generations can enjoy this beautiful world. And it’s also my responsibility to ensure that I instill these values into Isabella so she can teach her children the same — it’s all about working together to preserve our Earth by reducing, re-using, re-purposing, and recycling.

Here’s a few tips that we follow on an everyday basis:

1.) Recycle all of your plastics / papers / glass

2.) Recycle your soda cans / bottles

3.) Hang your clothes up to dry instead of using the dryer

4.) Buy products with minimal packaging. For example, a water purifier on your home faucet along with a re-usable water bottle instead of a case of plastic water bottles.

5.) Shut lights off when you’re not using them.

6.) Cut down on your amount of time in the shower.

7.) Water your lawn / flowers / garden less frequently. Or even consider putting buckets out when it rains which you can then use for watering — crunchy, yes, but hey it’s a good idea! 😉

8.) Stop buying plastic lunch bags for your kids’ snacks and instead use re-usies or tupperware that you can wash out again and again.

9.) Make your own homemade cleaning solutions free of harsh chemicals or buy earth friendly products.

10.) Bring your own re-useable shopping bags when you grocery shop. Stop and Shop says this one switch alone saved approximately 15 million plastic and paper bags last year alone!!!

11.) Shop at yardsales or even host a yardsale — by recycling old items you’re helping to cut down on the amount of waste sent to the landfills every year.

12.) Check out Pinterest for ideas how to re-purpose items you have laying around your home. Trust me, I am not the Martha Stewart type, but even I have found cute ideas for cookie tins and oatmeal containers that are super easy if you have fabric and a hot glue gun.

All of these tips are super easy and if you’re frugal / budget conscience like me then you’ll see these will also help you save lots of money in the long run! I hope this helped inspired you so you too can get out there and do your part to help preserve our Earth!

Important Disclosure: All of the opinions expressed abover were solely my own. However, I am working with Stop & Shop to help spread the word about Earth Day.

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