Earth Day is on April 22 but you can give back all year-round. Small changes in your daily lives can add up to saving the planet. Think about ways that you can improve air quality and reduce waste. We have a ways that you can begin to give back on Earth Day.
Walk, ride your bike, take the bus. If you must go by car, plan to carpool or share a ride-share with others. Driving less will reduce emissions. Car exhaust releases carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides which contribute to global warming. It also lowers the air quality which can cause health problems. Drive less or not at all. Consider creating a no-drive day a few times a month.
Turn It All Off
Save energy by turning all your electronics and small appliances off for the day. Using less power reduces the amount of toxic fumes released by power plants, conserves natural resources, and protects ecosystems from being destroyed. Not only that but if you unplug your tv, tablets, and laptops, you’ll be more inclined to spend more time outdoors connecting to nature.
Learn What’s Recycling Acceptable
One of the biggest reasons people don’t recycle in their own homes is because they aren’t sure what can be recycled. In San Antonio, you can learn which materials are accepted and which ones aren’t on the City of San Antonio’s website. Screenshot the list and keep it easily accessible so you recycle the right way. Go one step beyond and share it with your friends and family.
Plogging is a fitness craze for walkers and runners who want to save the planet. The term is a mash-up of jogging and the Swedish “plocka upp,” meaning pick up.Collect trash that you find as you walk or run through local parks. Take a bag and gloves with you to collect discarded plastic bottles, paper, or other trash. Then, dispose of your collection properly.
Donate Unwanted Clothes and Electronics
Americans send 10.5 million tons of clothing to landfills every year. Yikes! Instead of throwing out clothes that you don’t want or wear anymore, donate them to local thrift stores or a drop-off location like Charity Clothing Pick-Up. Keep the clothing out of the landfills.
Donating electronics helps the environment by reducing air and water pollution that are caused by manufacturing new products. Before donating electronics, delete all personal information and remove batteries that can be recycled separately. Find more details and information on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website.