Making Earth Day, Every Day a Good Habit

As my postings for Earth Day, Every Day comes to a close I am thinking about all the actions I can take and feel overwhelmed. I still have at least 6 more organizations doing “green deeds” and hope to continue posting them as part of an ongoing Earth Day mentality all year round.

I am actually posting this in mid-April, because my husband and I will be traveling to L.A.  and my three children in Vegas & Central & Northern California. Flying is not very ecological and I realize that I cannot be 100% “green” every hour of every day. But what this month has taught me is to be more aware of what I can do and start to add one new green action every week or every month, depending on the degree of involvement the activity requires.

For example, I recently purchased toilet paper that is made from post-consumer paper. I have hesitated to do this before because I am not sure what that means exactly. Is is safe to use on my body. Further investigation will be needed. If I find anything out I will post it on my site.

Another example is the spray I use to remove stains. I did call the 800 number and found that the product is biodegradable, but not sure what the ingredients are, so that will require further investigation.  All this takes time, and I feel anxious about all the companies that are putting toxins in our food, clothing, carpets, air, etc. I am amazed that we are all still breathing!!

My wish is that you take some of the ideas or messages that I have posted this month and consider which ones you can do easily and soon and which ones will take a little more effort. For example, if you take a copy of the Dirty Dozen, Clean 15 foods from the Environmental Working Group  when you shop, you can start to buy one or two “Clean” foods, allowing a little extra in your food budget, or removing an item that is not absolutely needed for your health, such as chips. I think that’s a small sacrifice for a healthier body & healthier planet.

So my message on this last day of April is not to be overwhelmed by the 30 ideas or postings, but rather to tackle each one as you can, working them into your consciousness and your timeline and your budget as you see fit.

Please feel free to send in your comments to share what you have been doing to promote Earth Day, Every Day. Thanx â¥


Note: I see that I skipped April 7th, which this was supposed to be, so I am tagging it onto April 3oth below my final message, because it seems to fit here.

These 10 thoughts are from Body & Soul Magazine (2006). I have copied them exactly as in the magazine.

This is #20 on my Earth Day, Every Day list.

1. Living in tune with nature is an invitation to live creatively.

2. Extend the life cycle of your stuff. Find a new use for something old.

3. Nourish your soul; eat the freshest, most natural foods you can find.

4. Resolve to use less.

5. The earth is alive—it breathes, grows, evolves.

6. Enjoy an unplugged activity every day.

7. Think of nature as a destination in itself, not something to just drive through.

8. Your home is part of the environment.

9. Opt for quality over quantity. Value is revealed over the long term.

10 Change doesn’t happen with a single action but with a series of small gestures.

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