How to Make Every Day EARTH DAY

Tips for making every day Earth Day |

Is being eco-friendly on April 22 enough to maintain a healthy planet? Do you wonder how to make every day Earth Day? Well, WONDER no more. Yes, friends, I’ve made an acrostic from my article subheads 🙂  Remember these six basic areas in which you can ramp up your greenness 365 days per year. Watch Your Water Water conservation and sanitation is a huge issue worldwide. Here in the U.S., we can do our part in a variety of ways: Drink from cups and reusable water bottles; reuse cooking water on plants; keep water off while brushing your teeth; install water-efficient showerheads, faucets and toilets; divert rainwater to your lawn or garden with a rain barrel. Here are 100+ ways to conserve water. Opt for Less Stuff Poet, designer and social activist William Morris once said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or … Continue reading

Guilt-Free Green Tip #123: Use a Rain Barrel

Benefits of Rain Barrels |

Welcome to a regular blog feature called Guilt-Free Green Tips. These will be easy action steps you can take to be a little greener, and each mini post will feature one tip. Choose the ones that appeal to you, and learn what eco benefits a single, simple step can make. Rainwater collection dates back to ancient civilizations, from simple clay pots in Southeast Asia to complicated cistern systems of the Roman Empire. Only in the last decade, with the expansion of the green movement, has collecting rainwater become a more common practice in the U.S. And what exactly does a rain barrel do? Placed under a shortened downspout, rain barrels capture water from your roof and gutters. Whether you purchase one ready-made or make your own, a rain barrel is an easy, sustainable way to reuse water that would otherwise just sink into the ground. Use it to water your … Continue reading

Top 5 Ways Kids Can Conserve Water

Water Conservation Tips for Kids |

March 22 is World Water Day, an awareness campaign focused on protecting the world’s fresh water supply. Parents and teachers can use this day to educate kids about the need for water conservation. It’s easy for kids to get involved—below are five actions they can take around the home. You can also extend the fun and learning with these online games on conserving water. Take showers instead of baths. A bathtub uses up to 70 gallons of water! Empty the old water from water bottles into the houseplants. Turn off the water while brushing teeth and while soaping up during handwashing. Wash the dog outside on an area of the lawn that needs watering. Be a leak detective! Check faucets, showerheads and hoses regularly for leaks. (One drip per second adds up to five gallons of lost water per day.) You can check the toilet for leaks by adding some food … Continue reading

Top 4 Ways to Celebrate World Water Day

World Water Day

Events take place worldwide on March 22. Find something in your area or choose one of the following ideas for celebrating World Water Day (WWD) as a family. Infographic courtesy of: Have a family competition to conserve the most water. Conservation is key. One bathroom retailer in the UK launched a Water Usage Survey with their customers and posted the survey results as well as tips for conservation (they also designed the above WWD infographic). Check them out as well as these 100+ household tips for your own family water usage competition. Up the stakes by allowing the winner to choose this year’s family vacation. Get crafty with recycled water bottles. Turn the caps into colorful magnets or pin cushions. Or try one of these craft options for repurposing plastic water bottles. Put on a play. This 10-minute script for a Water Cycle Adventure can be read by a class with parts … Continue reading