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Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Today, take a moment to care for your environment, and to think about how you can live your life in an eco-friendlier manner. Maybe it's as simple as watering your garden or yard at the right time of the day, or recycling, finding ways to cut back on some of the energy you use, like unplugging things that are not being used. There are plenty of small changes you can make that add up. Remember this is OUR WE ALL NEED TO DO OUR PART!! I know that sometimes we all feel "green" guilt and think that being green means we have to give up toilet paper. Maybe it does, but I’m certainly not going to do that!! Do what you can. It’s not hard.

Here's some ideas:

Vow to recycle more (This is how long it takes for some of our garbage to break down)
plastic ...over 500 years
aluminum cans...over 500 years
organic materials....6 months
cotton and paper.....6 months

Unplug your electronics when they are not in use. Make sure the dishwasher and washing machines are full when you run them.

Switch to compact fluorescent bulbs They’ll save you money in the long run, and the quality of light they emit has greatly improved in the last few years.

Install a digital thermostat Then you can set it so its not running when no one is home and have it cool down or heat up some just before you are due to arrive

Think back to what your driving habits were like when gas was $4/gallon. Have you slipped back into your old habits?

Bring reusable bags to the grocery store Keep them in your car so you never forget to grab them. After you unload the groceries, make sure you throw them back into the trunk.

There are many ways we all can do our part to save our earth..let today be a reminder of that!!!


Kathy B! said...

This is a great sentiment! Thanks for the thoughtful tips :)

Sally's World said...

you are sooo right, we can all do more, my kids put me to shame at times, i am trying tho!

~Tom~ said...

A lot of this is things I do now. My boys have learned it as well. As boy scouts we teach the kids to "Leave No Trace" We do everything from pick up garbage that was left by others, to putting all the leaves back that maybe we moved to pitch our tents. It doesnt take a lot of effort. The hardest part is teaching others.

Oh and let me add one more item to your list: SMOKERS! The world is not your ashtray. You have ashtrays in the cars for a reason. Use them! The butts end up in the storm drains when it rains. Here on Long Island that means they end up in our lakes, streams, and eventually the ocean!

RileyScott said...

Happy earth day to all.

And hey Tom, I didn't know you were a fellow Long Islander! What's up man?!

~Tom~ said...

Yep. South shore in Suffolk here. At least until the day comes that Dena and Josh convince me that chicken farming in the mid-west is a better way of life.

RileyScott said...

I live on the north shore of Suffolk, small world huh.

Cheryl said...

I'm trying to do my part...I recycle #1 and #2 plastics (that's the only ones our recycling center accepts...not sure why)...and I ALWAYS take my shopping bags back to the store to recycle them (Wal-mart has a box at the entrance to throw plastic bags in for recycling). And I'm constantly harping on my family to TURN THE LIGHTS OFF!! OMG...I'll come home from work and every light downstairs is on!! So I go around turning them off...they're getting better, but I still have to remind them once in awhile.
I agree with Tom...the world is NOT an ashtray...throw your butts where they the trash....or better yet, quit'll be better for you and everyone else in the long run! :o)