What a great Earth Week! Party for the planet was a huge hit, tons of kids from all over our community came to check out the Red River Zoo and learn all about conservation. Who knew you could make an origami passenger pigeon? For those of you who could attend Dr. Stanley A. Temple’s lecture, did you get scientific goose bumps learning about de-extinction?
Earth Week is a great way to celebrate our earth and a great reminder to respect all of our natural resources. It is important to remember to be cautious in keeping our planet clean even after Earth Week. You can make simple changes to your lifestyle that will leave you happy and the planet healthier! Here are 11 ways you can make a difference:
- Bike/skate/walk to work or school! If you must drive, use cruise control. By doing so, you could get better gas millage by 15%.
- Buy a reusable water bottle and refill it in the sink to save on water and plastic consumption. An estimated 90% of plastic bottles are not recycled.
- Turn the lights off when you leave the room. Go the extra mile and completely shut down your computer every night.
- A lot of energy is wasted when drying your clothes. If you hang dry your clothes, not only is it greener, but it adds to the lifespan of your wardrobe.
- Always recycle. Newspapers and magazines can be donated to schools for arts and crafts, and by recycling aluminum cans you can even make some extra cash.
- Save gift bags, bows, and tissue paper for new gifts. Don’t use wrapping paper. Use old fabric, newspaper or let you child draw or stamp on a paper bag. This adds a sentimental touch to your gift!
- Plan to shower and not bathe. To save even more water, shower a little faster. By ending your shower two minutes sooner you can save up to ten gallons of water.
- Use cotton swabs with a paperboard spindle. According to www.50waystohelp, “If 10 % of U.S. households switched to a paperboard spindle, the petroleum energy saved per year would be equivalent to over 150,000 gallons of gasoline.”
- Don’t waste a straw or a stir stick when you are making your morning coffee. Put in your sugar and cream first then you won’t have to waste a stick to stir. By doing this the some of the 138 billion straws and stirrers that are throw away each year can be decreased!
- Shop locally. This is good for your community but also saves on gasoline that is used when transporting goods from one location to the other.
- Plan to visit your Red River Zoo and stay connected on how you can spread the word about conservation and endangered species!