Those who are trying to raise awareness about our environment, or protested against pollution, toxic chemicals and general public health were once known as hippies. The early 1970s was all about change and how we needed to pay more attention to our Earth and atmosphere. Now, it seems as that generation was right, and we do need to become more environmentally conscious.
People think they can’t make a difference unless they pull off something big, but that’s wrong. All the little things that every person can do, really adds up to be something big! Taking care of our environment doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing concept. Here’s a few things you can do in or community to help our local environment this Earth Day:
Nearly 21 million tons of textiles are added to American landfills each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Donating your unwanted clothing to a secondhand store or an organization that repurposes fabric helps cut down on solid waste and conserves natural resources.
Reduce Usage of Disposables.
Plastic bottles and bags, disposable diapers and other things we can use and toss out are convenient, but they’re not necessary. Simply choosing to replace one of type of disposable with a reusable product can help you cut down on waste that has a large negative impact on our environment.
If everyone in the United States turned off the water while brushing their teeth, more than 1.5 million gallons of water could be conserved. Turn the water on long enough to wet your toothbrush for brushing and rinsing, and then immediately turn the water off again.
Turn Off the Lights.
Flip the light switch to “Off” if you’re going to leave a particular room for 15 minutes or more. This will conserve energy on incandescent light bulbs and cut down on cooling costs.
You don’t have to turn quit your job and become an activist or install solar panels all over your home to make an impact. Little everyday acts can help conserve energy and reduce your carbon footprint. Our team at James M. Wells, DDS, PA wants to remind you to celebrate Earth Day and help the environment, knowing that it will benefit your and your children’s generation.