Earth Day Buying Guide

In the late 1960s, American legislators announced the need for nationwide grassroots efforts for environmentalism.  Though this decision was largely influenced by the need to slow the high rate of population growth, many other groups embraced the idea of spotlighting the need for environmental action, and thus the first Earth Day was celebrated on on 22 April 1970, to resounding success.  Since then, each successive Earth Day has drawn attention to an increasing number of important issues, and now billions of people participate each year.

International Earth Day is now annually observed on 22 April, and while you hardly need a specific occasion on which to show your love for Mother Earth, there are plenty of folks around the globe who still haven't gotten the message.  Today, make it a point to set a good example and go green for the whole world to see.
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Earth-Friendly Tips

There are myriad ways to help the environment, but you have to start somewhere, right?  Here are some helpful hints that will impact the environment in a positive way.

Reduce Plastic Bag Waste

Tell cashiers you don't need a bag.  Keep a reusable shopping bag  in your car or purse (some, like Envirosax , fold to a compact size), and you'll never worry about that "paper or plastic?" quandary again.

Compost!

If your town doesn't have services available, you can invest in a compost bin  and make use of all those leftover table scraps.  When the waste has decomposed, it makes an excellent garden fertiliser.

Get Out and About

Leave the car at home.  By biking or taking public transportation, you can reduce your daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds.  That adds up to more than 4800 pounds a year--now that's thinking green

Conserve Energy

It is extremely simple to convert to energy efficient appliances and lighting.  Keep an eye out for products with satisfactory energy ratings , and energy saving  bulbs such as compact fluorescents  or halogens .

Eat Your Greens

Cutting down on meat and buying in season is an easy way to take a stance against land degradation, global warming, pollution, and water shortages.  Want to know more?  Check out our Vegetarian Guide.

A Green House is a Clean House

Living an eco-friendly life starts in the home.

Don't Buy Into the Hype

Antibacterial soaps and cleaners don't work any better than plain old soap and water, and they can actually contribute to the evolution of "super germs" resistant to antibiotics.  Choose organic soaps  and cleaners  where available.

Give Toxins the Cold Shoulder

Keeping harmful chemicals out of your home can be as simple as wiping your feet at the door.  We trudge through pollution and waste every single day, so wipe your feet on a doormat  before you head inside--this also means less cleaning for you!

DIY Cleaning

Some of the most effective cleaners are in your very own pantry.  Vinegar  is as effective at killing germs as harsher chemicals, and bicarbonate of soda  will make tidying up a snap!  Check out this handy guide from National Geographic.

Eco-Cleaners

Though home-made concoctions will certainly take care of most messes, some jobs will require tougher products.  Look for non-toxic and biodegradable eco-cleaners : these are also much safer if you have curious children or pets at home.

Go Paperless

Think about how many paper towels you go through when you're cleaning house--not pretty, is it?  Invest in some sponges  (biodegradable  ones are great!) or microfibre cloths , and opt for a broom  or mop  instead of your Swiffer.

Related Guides

These guides offer plenty of additional information about recycling, reducing, reusing...and more.

Vegetarian and Vegan Guide

Vegetarian Meat

Vegetarian Christmas

Green Guide

Eco-Fashion