It’s officially Earth Week! And Earth Day is designated as Friday, April 22nd. In observance of Earth Week, let’s help and be kind to the environment, starting today! It is estimated that 4,000-6,000 metric tons of chemical sunscreens wash off of swimmers annually worldwide. Up to 10% of coral reefs are threatened by this sunscreen-induced bleaching. Here are some easy ways to help the environment:
- Encourage healthier eating habits. Support your local farmers’ market by purchasing their produce and food goods. They usually grow organic vegetables which is better for our environment and your body. No harmful pesticides or fertilizers. Or better yet, grow your own garden!
- Stop Buying Bottled Water. Although it may be convenient, purchasing bottled water should be avoided if possible. Try filling reusable containers with tap water and leaving them in your fridge as an alternative.
- Conserve Electricity. Use ceiling fans in the summer and winter months for climate control. It will help reduce home energy expenses and our dependence on oil.
- Replace older light bulbs with CFL or LED bulbs. For light fixtures that stay on for long periods of time, using energy-efficient light bulbs can save money in the long run. Although these light bulbs cost more than traditional light bulbs but don’t need to be replaced as often.
- Walk or ride your bike whenever possible. Remember the scene in the movie LA Story where Steve Martin’s character drives his car one house away? It’s a funny commentary on Los Angelenos and their cars, but if it’s possible, don’t use your car if unnecessary.