Make Simple Changes to Go Green
Whether it’s a one-day per week contribution or a lifestyle change, here are 10 suggestions for simple things to do to prioritize and protect the planet.
Pick Up Litter. Place litter in the trash or recycle if possible. Not only does litter aesthetically affect natural surroundings, it poses health hazards as chemicals leach into soil and water sources. Reassess Recycling Rituals. Participate in the local recycle program and place the appropriate plastics, glass, and paper products in recycle bins. Challenge kids to the task of collecting cans and bottles, then allow them to trade their collection for cash at a recycle center and use the money on a special treat. Reuse plastic and paper grocery bags or make a one-time purchase of a durable cloth bag. Many grocery stores now offer a discount off the grocery bill or other incentives for bringing reusable bags. Plant a Tree. Trees purify the air we breathe, provide homes for countless creatures, help retain soil, and enhance the environment’s natural beauty. Sadly, hundreds of thousands of acres of trees are destroyed each year to make paper products, from newspaper to cigarettes, significantly damaging ecosystems. No access to land on which to plant a tree? Numerous organizations are dedicated to planting trees on the donor’s behalf to help sustain the environment. Cut Down on Energy Use
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