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Earth Day dates back to April in 1970. At that time people around the world gathered to bring more attention to smog prevention. Evidence had linked the pollution from smog with developmental delays in children. Currently, Earth Day is focusing on plastics. Plastics injure our marine life and wildlife, litter the roads everywhere and leach into our food supply. Plastics contain chemicals which cause birth abnormalities and impair our neurological function. It is time to Go Green!

How can you help to reduce plastic pollution and keep the earth green?

  • Dispose of any plastic utensils. Plastic utensils can be handy, especially if you are entertaining a large group. However, they are wasteful and a huge source of plastic pollution. Instead of plastic, buy several sets of cheaper utensils to ensure you always have enough for a crowd.
  • Ditch the bottled water. Rather than buying cases of bottled water, keep a few bottles on hand that you can refill. Plastic bottles are one of the largest causes of waste plastic in the world.
  • Use reusable grocery bags. Millions of plastic bags are dumped in landfills every day and quite often end up in rivers and oceans. Instead of plastic, buy reusable grocery bags that can be cleaned. Wash after each use, especially if the bags have been used to carry meat products.
  • Try making your own natural cleaning products. Baking soda and vinegar are just two of the natural products you can use to clean just about anything. Add some essential oils and your home will smell fresh. Reuse spray bottles rather than buying another bottle each time. Your home will be clean and you will avoid damaging chemicals.
  • Do your laundry in cold water. Most of us have no need to use hot water to wash our clothes. By using cold water you will save money on your utility bills and your laundry will be every bit as clean!

There are many ways you can do your part to keep our earth cleaner and greener. For some more tips on ways for seniors to go green, click here.