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While Earth Day may only happen once a year, we should all be doing our part to help protect our planet every single day. Even the smallest change can make a big difference! Here are four simple eco-friendly resolutions you can make part of your daily life for the sake of our planet.
Eliminate the usage of single-use items
Think about it. How many items do you use each day that end up in the trash within five minutes or less? Regularly used items such as plastic cups, paper plates, napkins, plastic utensils, and plastic bags are just a few examples of items that are discarded after only one use. To minimize the amount of waste that ends up in our neighborhoods and oceans, avoid using these single-use items. Instead, choose reusable bags, metal utensils, reusable plates, and dish rags. With over 7 billion people on this planet, we create a lot of trash. Make it part of your routine to reduce the usage of disposable items.
Our choices as consumers have a big impact on the planet. Did you know that it takes over 700 gallons of water to produce a single new T-shirt? Not to mention, textiles are not 100% disposable. The next time you’re looking to shop the latest fashion trends, consider shopping secondhand. Not only is this more affordable than shopping at your favorite brand name stores, it also reduces the negative impact that creating new clothes has on the planet. Many thrift stores offer a variety of clothing, shoes, and accessories from popular brands at low prices. Online thrift stores like, thredUP, even offer popular and hard to find items like affordable Lularoe clothing!
Do you still get your bills in the mail? You can easily reduce the amount of paper that comes to your mailbox by enrolling in paperless statements. Most banks, electric companies, and other utility providers will email you your bill instead of snail mailing it to you. This applies to junk mail as well. If you find that you’re frequently receiving junk mail, call up the company and ask them to remove your name and address from their list. This is a quick and easy way to save trees and fuel by having fewer things mailed to your home!
Pick up trash
While this may not be a very glamorous activity, its impact is tremendous. How often do you walk or drive past countless pieces of trash on the ground? It may seem like it’s not doing any harm, but if it’s not in a trash can or recycling bin, it could very well end up in our forests and waterways. You may not be the person who put the garbage there, but you can be the person who picks it up. Try to commit to picking up at least one piece of garbage each day and putting it in its proper place. Think of how much cleaner of a planet we’d have if 7 billion people each decided to pick up one piece of trash per day!
Earth Day is April 22nd. Will you be committing to any of these changes? If you do all of these already, can you think of something you could be doing better for the planet and make that your resolution? No matter how good of an environmentalist you are, there are always more ways we can help!