Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has been a day to celebrate the planet that is our home, and to commit to ways we can change our habits and being as good to Mother Earth as she is to us. Now in it's 46th year, Earth Day is observed in 192 countries, coordinated by the nonprofit Earth Day Network, and chaired by the first Earth Day 1970 organizer Denis Hayes. According to Hayes, it is now "the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year."
Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd, but that doesn’t mean efforts to BeyGOOD and to make small changes to better the earth have to begin and end there. In honor of Earth Day, here are six small changes you can make to your every day routines that cost you nothing but the will to BeyGOOD to Mother Earth.
1. Recycle Your Glass
We've been conditioned to think of plastic as the main material that should make it to the recycling bin, but if you aren't already, begin giving your glass bottles the same treatment. Recycled glass reduces related air pollution by 20% and related water pollution by 50%. Every ton of glass recycled saves the equivalent of nine gallons of fuel oil needed to make glass from virgin materials. If glass isn't recycled it can take a million years to decompose!
2. Recycle Old Cellphones
While we're on the topic of recycling, don't toss that old cellphone in the trash as soon as a new model comes along. According to 50waystohelp.com, the average cell phone lasts around 18 months, which means 130 million phones will be retired each year. If they go into landfills, the phones and their batteries introduce toxic substances into our environment.
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3. Enroll In Paper-less Billing
Who wants to go through the fuss of getting mail, using paper, and sending it back out when there is a much more eco-friendly way to get the same process done? According to Javelin Strategy and Research, if every American household practiced paper-less billing, it could reduce solid waste in U.S. landfills by more than 800,000 tons a year and help curb the release of greenhouse gases by 2.1 million tons. This could also save an estimated 18.5 million trees a year!
4. Use Cotton Swabs with paper spindles
Yes, something as simple as choosing a specific type of cotton swab can change the world. If 10% of U.S. households switched to using Q-tips with a paperboard spindle instead of plastic, the petroleum energy saved per year would be equivalent to over 150,000 gallons of gasoline.
5. Take Public Transit
If you live in a major city, choosing to commute to work via public transportation conserves natural resources, reduces air pollution and harmful ozone levels. A bus with as few as seven passengers is more fuel-efficient than the average single-occupant auto used for commuting.
6. Go Meatless On Mondays
One less meat-based meal a week helps the planet and your diet. Opting for just one
a week has an impact. How? It requires 2,500 gallons of water to produce
pound of beef. For each hamburger that originated from animals raised on rainforest land, approximately 55 square feet of forest have been destroyed.
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Words by: Rachel Hislop