Earth Day Today, April 22nd, 2012

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Today is officially Earth Day, so I am posting a GREEN List from various sources listed at the end. Some you are already doing, some you may want to do, and some are on the back burner. If you add one new action every week, eventually you will feel good about being green. I think Kermit the frog had it wrong when he said, “It ain’t easy being green,” because now there are so many ways to be green, it will become second nature. At the end of one of the articles I used for this list (Body+Soul Magazine, 4/22/2006) the 10th Thought on Green Living said: “Change doesn’t happen with a single action but with a series of small gestures.” Here are some small gestures:

1. Use dishtowels instead of paper towels for drying dishes and kitchen spills. (I use cloth rags for floor spills & then throw them into the washing machine. es) ( actions)

2. Use cloth napkins for all your meals. You can use a napkin ring with names to help identify the user and use them for more than one (non-messy) meal. Source: Same as #1(I purchase cloth napkins in thrift shops and wash them before using. es.)

3. Don’t keep water running when doing dishes (fill up the sink instead), brushing teeth, or washing your face. (I often wet a clean wash cloth to wash my face. es) Source: Same as #1

4. Use a reusable lunch box or cloth bag, reusable containers, and a cloth napkin. Source: Same as #1 (See yesterday’s posting for websites & info on safe containers. es)

5. Plant a tree. Source: Same as #1 In the Bible it is forbidden to cut down fruit-bearing trees outside a besieged city, and a water channel cannot be deflected from them so they wither. Source: Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life © 2004.

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6. Enjoy an unplugged activity every day. Source: Body + Soul Magazine, April 22nd, 2006. (Examples: Take a walk outside, go for a bike ride, play tennis, write letters, not emails. es)

7. Extend the life cycle of your stuff. Find a new use for something old. Source: Body + Soul Magazine, April 22nd, 2006. (Example: My old wicker sewing supply basket with a lid broke so that it did not stay closed. I took off the metal clasps & am now using the bottom for threads & scraps when I sew. Still looking to find a use for the lid. es)

8. Nourish your soul; eat the freshest, most natural foods you can find. (Remember, eating lower on the food chain means more fresh fruits & veggies in my green living thoughts. es)

9. Consume with a Consciousness. Look for ways to reduce your consumption: carpool, turn off lights when not in use, install water-saving devices within your home, etc. (Source: Brochure from Arenas Del Mar, the Beach & Nature Resort where we stayed in Costa Rica in January 2010. Costa Rica is known for its environmental practices. website: On the back of the brochure is this message: Arenas Del Mar seeks to demonstrate that a world class resort can be successfully combined with the highest levels of sustainability working with Costa Rica’s Certificate for Sustainable Tourism (CST) and rigorous standards in environmental stewardship and social responsibility.)

10. Purchase Wisely. Let you money speak for your values. When you buy something new, question not only what the product is made of, but how you will dispose of it when you are finished using it.  Look for products that have “green”or “eco-friendly” certifications or seals. Source: Brochure from Arenas Del Mar, the Beach & Nature Resort

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11. Support your local environmental organizations. Maybe you are near a national park or arboretum. You might want to connect with other environmental activists to protect natural areas. The more time you spend in natural surroundings, the more you will learn to appreciate and care for them. Source: Brochure from Arenas Del Mar, the Beach & Nature Resort (My husband & I joined the National Parks Association a few years ago for a modest fee of $25, which allows us free entrance to any US National Park. es)

12. Bring you own coffee mug or water glass to work. Source: PA Dept. of Environmental Protection (Note: These are from a sheet entitled Things You Can Do at Work to Save the Earth.)

13. Use unbleached water filters. Source: PA Dept. of Environmental Protection

14.  Make double-sided copies the rule, not the exception. Source: PA Dept. of Environmental Protection

15. Reuse envelopes by sticking a new address label over the old one. Source: PA Dept. of Environmental Protection

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16. If the lights in your office are incandescent, turn them off when you leave. But, if they are fluorescent, leaving them in all day saves more energy. Source: PA Dept. of Environmental Protection

17. Bring a plant to work to help clean and refresh the air. Source: PA Dept. of Environmental Protection

18. Next time you need a toaster oven, consider a convection toaster oven. Not only does it heat up faster,it cooks faster because the fan forces the hot air around the oven. Thus, the convection oven saves energy and money, cutting energy use approximately 20 %. Source: An article from the Internet entitled The Ten Best Things About  Convection Toaster Oven. (I could not find the website. es)

19. Buy living Christmas trees. Source: From  handout called Living Green: 101 Green Things You Can Do, from Columbiana, Vol. 2, No. 2. (Not sure if this is a publication or organization. es)

20. Teach your children ecological wisdom. Living Green: 101 Green Things You Can Do

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21. Sponsor a clothes swap. Source: Living Green: 101 Green Things You Can Do (In remember a ice-skating swap for kids ice skates when I lived in C. PA. Same idea. es)

22. Drive a fuel efficient car. Living Green: 101 Green Things You Can Do

23. Help those in your life practice green values. Living Green: 101 Green Things You Can Do (Don’t be judgmental of others who may not be as green as you think you are. Be a role model instead of a judgmental person & the message will be heard. es)

24. Vote for candidates who support Green values. Living Green: 101 Green Things You Can Do

25. Weather-seal your home thoroughly. Living Green: 101 Green Things You Can Do

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26. Put in a water-conserving showerhead.  Living Green: 101 Green Things You Can Do

27. Subscribe online to Green publications such as Sierra Club, National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Earthjustice, National Parks, etc. Source: Ellen Sue’s files. I will post some of these websites before the end of the month.

28. When you hire a company to install floors or paint walls, make sure the products are eco-friendly. Source: Ellen Sue’s experience. (After two years of research,we purchased bamboo flooring with a floating floor,which means no toxic glue. It was no more expensive than glued-down floor; in fact, we purchased it at Lowe’s and the price was less than two other private companies that were planning to use glue.)

29. Think Green: Think about your impact on the earth every day for a few moments and think how you can lessen your carbon footprint and your impact on the environment in general. Source: Ellen Sue’s research conclusions.)

30. Remember the 3 Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. (Source: Cyberspace!)

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(Please do read!!)

Note: I chose 30 items from almost 200 on different lists because there are30 days in April & you can read one a day for the next month or two to get into the green “habit” of thinking & practicing green actions. I think #10 is the most comprehensive.  Also, I found the  photos when I Googled Photos of Earth Day on one page. Each one represents a different website, which I posted under the photos. For more photos & websites related to the logos, Google “Photos of Earth Day.”

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