Happy Earth Day

By: proctor - April 22, 2009
Join one billion people in celebrating Earth Day: acknowledge your carbon footprint, think of ways to reduce/reuse/recycle with your family, friends, and co-workers, and take action to live a greener life overall. Check out EarthDay.net for ideas on how to be a little greener.

Some of the suggestions made on Yahoo! Green in Lori Bongiorno's article are as follows:

* Food: Follow Michelle Obama's lead and plant a vegetable garden. You can't get more sustainable, local, and budget-friendly than growing at least some of your own food.

* Food prep and storage: Replace Teflon pans with other nonstick alternatives such as cast iron and enameled cast iron.

* Personal care: Most of us use nine personal care products a day, encountering an average of 126 different ingredients a day. Most of these chemicals haven't been tested properly. Cut back on the number of products you use each day. Want to do even more? Make your own.

* Children: Spring for an organic crib mattress, if you can afford it, since your baby spends a good portion of each day sleeping. Conventional mattresses are treated with chemical flame retardants, which can off-gas and accumulate in tiny baby bodies. Balance out your budget by buying a used crib or other kid-related merchandise. Better yet, skip unnecessary items, such as diaper genies, all together, and borrow when you can.

* Cleaning: Switch to nontoxic cleaning products or make your own. Hang your laundry out to dry or use an indoor drying rack in the winter and when the sun's not shining.

* Save energy: When shopping for new appliances, buy the most energy-efficient models you can find. Also, smaller is typically better (when you have the choice). Tankless or solar water heaters are worth considering if you're in the market for a new one.

* Save water: Install low-flush toilets, especially if your toilet was made before 1992.

* Home improvement: If money is not an issue, install solar panels. Learn more about tax rebates.

* Garden: Plant meadow or prairie grass instead of traditional water-hungry grass. Choose native plants, which are low maintenance because they have adapted to local conditions over thousands of years.

* Transportation: When it's time to buy a new car, buy the most fuel-efficient car in the class of car you need.

Visit Yahoo! GREEN for more green tips.

About the Submitter


I have been an ACE certified personal trainer since 2000 who has trained over 3000 hours. I specialize in pre- and post-natal fitness, stretching, running, and weight loss. Yoga is also a passion for me and a way of life. I received my Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification in India and love to share the calmness, strength, and openness that yoga offers to people of all ages and abilities.

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