Happy Earth Day! People all over the world are celebrating clean eating, green thinking, and supporting environmental protection! Here are a few fun ways you can contribute to this global celebration and create long-lasting memories that will impact the Earth around you in so many ways!
1) Recycle – Pick up litter along the street or have a trash party around the neighborhood! Collect all the old baby bottles, juice jugs, plastic bags, bended containers, etc. and take them to a recycle center! Not only will this help to eliminate the amount of toxins that are built up from burning these, you’re also protecting wildlife in your area, and can make some extra cash by recycling these! You can use that cash to buy recycled grocery bags, a water filter so you’re not buying dozens of bottles of water, or even donate the money to a global charity of your choice!
2) Donate – Go through your closet. Any clothing you haven’t worn in the last year, you will probably never wear it again. Take these clothes, along with some of the neighbor’s old clothing that they don’t wear anymore (ask them first, no stealing!), and donate them to a global clothing contributor or thrift store!
3) Plant – From watering your flowers to planting a tree, any efforts you put into any type of gardening or planting is very rewarding to the entire Earth! We breathe out Carbon Dioxide, which is what plants breathe in, and plants breathe out oxygen, which we breathe in! So planting some seeds and watering them can make a lasting impression on Earth, and give oxygen to millions of people as a worldwide effort!
4) Invest – Investing in some green household cleaners, which are safer for the environment and can put an end to so much pollution around us, is a great way to celebrate Earth Day! Or you can even make them yourself! Here are a few recipes for making homemade GREEN household cleaners from eartheasy.com:
All-Purpose Cleaner: Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda (or 2 teaspoons borax) into 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water. Store and keep. Use for removal of water deposit stains on shower stall panels, bathroom chrome fixtures, windows, bathroom mirrors, etc. Or use a citrus-based natural all-purpose cleaner.
Disinfectant: Mix 2 teaspoons borax, 4 tablespoons vinegar and 3 cups hot water. For stronger cleaning power add 1/4 teaspoon liquid castile soap. Wipe on with dampened cloth or use non-aerosol spray bottle. (This is not an antibacterial formula. The average kitchen or bathroom does not require antibacterial cleaners.)
To disinfect kitchen sponges, put them in the dishwasher when running a load.
Laundry Detergent: Mix 1 cup Ivory soap (or Fels Naptha soap), 1/2 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup borax. Use 1 tbsp for light loads; 2 tbsp for heavy loads. Commercial natural, biodegradable laundry detergents are also now available online and in select stores.
Happy Earth Day!
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