Today is Earth Day and things are poppin' at the etnies HQ. We're celebrating with an eco-extravaganza so stay tuned for more updates throughout the day. First stop: bike station for free bike tune ups!
While they get us all set for some non-carbon-emitting transportation, take a look at our Top 10 Easy Earth Day Tips!
Give Up Plastic (and Paper) Bags
FACT: Plastic bags take four times more energy to make than paper bags!
Stop Buying Bottled Water
Cost: $14.98 for aluminum water bottle
FACT: Did you know that it takes 26 bottles of water to produce the plastic container for a one-liter bottle of water, and that doing so pollutes 25 liters of groundwater?
Stop Receiving Unwanted Catalogs
FACT: 19 billion catalogs are mailed to American consumers each year. All those catalogs require more than 53 million trees and 56 billion gallons of wastewater to produce -- and many of us don't even know how we got on so many mailing lists!
Give Up Hot Water (At Least In the Clothes Washer)
FACT: About 90 percent of the energy is used to heat the water, and most clothes will come clean in cold water.
Give Up Toilet Paper (OK, Just Conventional Toilet Paper)
Cost: $2.96 for 4-pack, 260 sheets
FACT: If every household in the United States bought just one four-pack of 260-sheet recycled bath tissue, instead of the typical tissue made from virgin fiber, it would eliminate 60,600 pounds of chlorine pollution, preserve 356 million gallons (1.35 billion liters) of fresh water and save nearly 1 million trees.
Give Up Paper Towels
FACT: If every household in the United States replaced just one roll of virgin fiber paper towels (70 sheets) with 100 percent recycled ones, we could save 544,000 trees.
Run a Fully Loaded Dishwasher
FACT: Running a fully loaded dishwasher -- without prerinsing the dishes -- can use a third less water than washing the dishes by hand, saving up to 10 to 20 gallons of water a day. Simply scrape large pieces of food off your dishes and let the dishwasher handle the rest.
Give Up 2 Degrees
FACT: Set your thermostat in winter to 68 degrees F (20° C) or less during the daytime and 55 degrees F (13° C) before going to sleep or when you are away for the day. And during the summer, set thermostats to 78 degrees F (26° C) or more.
Avoid Waste: Recycle
FACT: For every trash can of waste you put outside for the trash collector, about 70 trash cans of waste are used in order to create that trash.
Stop Wasting Gas
FACT: Increase your gas mileage by checking your tire pressure. If every American kept his or her tires properly inflated, we could save 2.8 billion gallons (10.6 billion liters) of gasoline a year -- and help curb global warming pollution -- so inflate the tires on your car or truck and continue to do so once a month or as necessary. Or better yet, carpool, take public transportation, ride a bike or skate!
More to come!