Happy Earth Day: 5 Simple Tips

It’s April 22 – Earth Day. The day we are all encouraged to consider the planet and try to reduce, reuse and recycle. Here at WeatherBug, we agree (our parent company, Earth Networks is Taking the Pulse of the Planet with global atmospheric sensor networks, as a matter of fact!).

We’ve gathered 5 easy ways for you to help the planet.

1. Make Wiser Seafood Choices: Many of us are being encouraged to eat more fish for health reasons. When it comes to seafood, you can make better, more sustainable choices that are better for both you and the environment. You can download your own pocket seafood guide from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Rainbow trout. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Flickr

Rainbow trout. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Flickr

2. Save water: The average American household uses 400 gallons of water daily (source: Care2)! Time to fix leaking faucets, install a more efficient washer, and replace your old shower head with a lower-flow model. Taking your car to a carwash that recycles its water will also cut down on water use.

Credit: Shower Head Water Drops 7-26-09 1" by Steven Depolo via Flickr

Credit: Shower Head Water Drops 7-26-09 1″ by Steven Depolo via Flickr

·         3. Don’t Trash it, Recycle: Why toss out something that’s perfectly good? Try Freecycle or donate your used items that have plenty of life left. Many municipalities have recycling programs for old appliances, building materials, electronics, tires and more. And never pour oils or antifreeze down the drain or outside, where it can make its way into your water supply.

 

Credit: Arlington County via Flickr

Credit: Arlington County via Flickr

 

 

4. Read your Labels: Take time today to review the list of ingredients on some of the products in your home. If you have to Google nearly everything on the list, it might not be the best choice for you or your family. Consider introducing organic cleaners and local foods into your home.

·         5. Compost: Composting is an easy ways to keep yard waste out of landfills, while getting nutrient-rich soil for use in home gardening projects. Like cars, compost bins range from fancy, pricier models to more bare-bones styles costing only a few dollars. Or get crafty and make your own with these online designs. Read more about composting with this guide from the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service.

Credit: dsa66503 via Flickr

Credit: dsa66503 via Flickr

The good news is that we’re recycling more. According to the EPA, Americans recycled and composted over 85 million tons of material in 2012. That’s up from only 15 million tons in 1980. That’s like taking over 33 million cars off the road for a year.

Think of Planet Earth today!

The WeatherBug Team

 

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