Work and family obligations can keep us very busy and leave us with little spare time. While it’s easy to get caught up in our normal routines, it’s also important to try to be a little more eco-conscious in our daily lives. There are many easy ways that we can have a positive impact on the planet and on our homes. Try these simple and earth-friendly tips to help take good care of your family, home and planet.
According to http://www.epa.gov/, leaving your car at home just two days a week can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,600 pounds per year. So, try public transportation if you can. Carpool, walk or bike to work – and get the kids in on the act, too. Some schools sponsor “Walk to School” days to help cut emissions and get kids more physically active.
You don’t need harsh chemical cleaners to take care of household cleaning. Natural products like baking soda can tackle many of your everyday chores. Arm & Hammer Baking Soda is safe and can be used to scrub away build-up on the grill, freshen the carpet, and can even take on patio furniture cleaning and pool care, too. You can also keep recycling bins deodorized with a regular sprinkling of baking soda. Get more tips at www.armandhammer.com.
If you have electronics that you no longer use, many of them can be recycled. Recycling old computers, DVD players and other electronics helps save natural resources, and reduces land, air and water pollution due to hazardous substances such as lead and chromium. Find out where to recycle your electronics at www.earth911.com.
The average washing machine uses 40.9 gallons of water per load, according to http://www.epa.gov/. If you are looking to buy a new washer, shop for a high-efficiency one that uses less than 28 gallons per load. Wash only full loads of laundry to save more water and energy.
Even if you live in an urban area, there are still ways you can plant your own garden. Without a backyard, head up to the roof. Planting a rooftop garden can help absorb pollution, reduce heat gain and ultimately result in energy savings. For easy maintenance, plant trees and perennial flowers to create an urban oasis or try a vegetable garden and enjoy fresh produce from an unexpected location.
Try a Natural Makeover
Spruce yourself up with natural products that will make your skin and hair feel refreshed. To exfoliate your face and body, make a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water and rub in a gentle circular motion to remove dead skin cells. For squeaky clean hair, sprinkle a small amount of baking soda into your palm with your favorite shampoo and rinse as usual. Baking soda will help to remove residue and leave hair cleaner and more manageable.
It may not seem like much, but every step you take makes you, your home and the earth – a little better off.