Happy Earth Day! Chances are you’ve done something in your life to reduce, reuse or recycle. Heck, if you’ve purchased Jillibean Soup papers then you’ve purchased some “green” products. All of our papers are manufactured with recycled stock. Our kraft papers are 100% recycled! In celebration of Earth Day, I thought I would share some “green” tips and fun sites.
Martha has some eco-chic ideas for your home…
What a beautiful centerpiece made out of recyled glass.
Check out this mirror made from recycled magazines. Target has more “green” items online.
Check out these cool green tees from Cafe Press.
Green Options has “green” ideas for scrapbooking and paper crafting. Check them out…you might see a post about Jillibean Soup. 😉
Go to greenhome.com to learn how to “green” your home.
Here are 10 things NOT to do on Earth Day (provided by Jasmin Malik Chua from www.treehugger.com):
1. Don’t drive like a teenager, speeding up and slowing down and weaving in and out of traffic. Such aggressive driving can lower fuel efficiency by 33 percent. Accelerate gently and stay with the traffic to save gas and money.
2. Don’t use cleansers and personal care products that contain triclosan or other antibacterial agents. Public health officials worry that antibacterials in cleansers, window cleaners, and soaps are causing us to become resistant to antibiotics. Use simple soap and hot water for cleaning, and body soaps and lotions that do not say “antibacterial” or “fights germs” on the label.
3. Don’t go shopping without a list! According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, people waste about 30 percent of their household food budgets buying groceries that eventually expire and have to be thrown out. Know what you want to buy before you hit the store aisles—you’ll buy less of what you don’t need, buy more of what you’re likely to use, and reduce the impact your shopping has on the planet. Then put your list on your refrigerator so you don’t forget what’s inside.
4. Don’t leave the lights on when you leave the room. You could save as much as $100 per year in electricity costs by turning off a 100-watt light bulb when you’re not using the light.
5. Don’t leave the computer on if you’re going to be gone longer than two hours, and don’t leave the monitor on if you’re going to be gone longer than 20 minutes. If you plug your electronics into an energy-saving power strip, you can reduce the energy they use by as much as 40 percent.
6. Don’t leave the water running when you brush your teeth. Turning off the tap when you brush your teeth can save up to 8 gallons of water a day, 240 gallons a month – saving hundreds on your water bill each year.
7. Don’t buy “snack packs” that come wrapped in cardboard and plastic. Small individual packages use more energy and resources to manufacture and transfer, and are often twice as expensive as the same product sold in a larger bag or box.
8. Don’t use so much shampoo, soap, lotion, make-up, gel, and perfume. More than 25 percent of all women and one of every 100 men use at least 15 products daily, according to a survey of 2,300 men and women, exposing people to hundreds of chemicals during the course of a day. Can you reduce the number of products you use by at least three?
9. Don’t buy new. Remember the 3 R’s of eco-friendly living? They begin with “reduce” (the other two are “re-use” and “recycle”). If you need to shop, start with eBay, Freecycle.org, the neighbor’s yard sale, or the community vintage or thrift store.
10. Don’t sit at your computer all day. Get outdoors for at least an hour to remember why Mother Nature is worth protecting. Besides, if you’ve done all the other don’ts on this list, you deserve to take a break! (This is for me!)
In honor of Earth Day, I’m giving away a $25 to spend at your favorite Etsy shop. There’s lots of great recycled items on Etsy…some of my favs below…
This adorable owl pendant (from Tiny Trees Boutique) made from recycled Scrabble tiles.
Or this fun wood button ring (from Brooklynrehab) made from a recycled button.
Or these cute Eco Poppies (from Kits and Kaboodles) made from 100% recycled paper.
All you have to do is leave a comment about your favorite “green” tip. The winner will be picked via random.org on Saturday 4/25 at 9:00 EST.
Good Luck and try something “green” today!