April 22, 2012 marks the celebration of the Earth Day. It is being celebrated since 1970 in response to the call of increased global awareness about the negative effects that people are experiencing and witnessing to the earth, brought about by the modern changes that actually take place in the planet. Everyone is being encouraged to have an active participation, supporting ways that the environment can be protected and saved from the harmful products and activities that can damage our world widely. What are some of the positive actions that we can do in order to help our environment? Check this list, and spread this simple campaign.
10. Use Non-Toxic Cleaning Products
Use natural and safe cleaning products which do not contain toxic ingredients that could harm not just the environment, but people as well. Use products that you already have at home such as baking soda, water, and vinegar.
9. Maintain Bathroom Basics
Instead of using shower bath, you could opt for a regular bath using a pale of water and a dipper. This way, you could regulate the water that you would use, and at the same time, conserve it. The same application applies when you are brushing your teeth, using a glass of water instead of turning your faucet on wherein you would waste more than just 5 to 10 glasses of water because of its continuous flow.
8. Use Shopping Bags
There are countries that are advocate in the implementation of the use of shopping bags, instead of the modern plastic bags when you do your shopping. When I mean shopping bags, these are cloth and string types of bags.
7. Adjustment of Temperature
Individuals should be responsible in adjusting and setting room temperature using air-conditioning if it’s summer, heater if it’s winter, and ceiling fans at home when room temperature is neutral. It also applies to refrigerators but the approach is different, which is to clean the condenser annually to make it functional and set it at 10 degrees in order to save 25% of energy.
6. Drying Off the Clothes
Despite of the availability of washer and dryer, it is physically healthy and economic to do hand washing using cold water in a full-load of clothes. Dry it off in the air could even cool down the temperature of the surroundings because of the water that it releases to the air.
5. Make Correct Food Selections
As one support natural products in the market, which are not processed, we could avoid less productions and demands of processed products in grocery stores.
4. Promote Other Means of Transportation
There are countries that actually implement manual transportation through bikes and walking. You could shed off unwanted pounds and decrease traffic on the road.
3. Choose Energy Savers
Stop using incandescent light bulbs, but start using LEDs. Are we aware that incandescent light bulbs contribute to the polluting emissions that most of the industrial and power plants generate? You could use fluorescent light bulbs since they are much efficient because it lasts longer, consumes lesser electricity, while providing quality light output.
2. Wise Shopping
It’s wise that you buy in bulk and make sure that you really need them. This would avoid further disposal or waste of food, which at times, is being thrown away somewhere. It would avoid an increase of industrial waste.
1. Apply Three R’s
This is the most important environmental campaign that could be easily remembered. These are reduce, reuse, and recycle. Reduce wastes being thrown in the environment by reducing too much packaging. Reuse the things that you feel you could still use or give them to charity. Identify things that can be recycled such as paper bags, cartons, and tin cans. You could produce new things by being creative.