It's Earth Day!
Earth Day was founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues. Inspired by the protests of the '60s, Earth Day began as a “national teach-in on the environment” and was held on April 22 to maximize the number of students reached on university campuses. By raising public awareness of pollution, the holiday intended to bring environmental causes into the national spotlight.
So now that you know its origin, let's talk about 5 simple steps you can take to take your home to its next level of eco-friendly consciousness.
1. Cut down on kitchen trash
The biggest source of waste in your kitchen comes from paper towels, food packaging, and food. Do your best to scale back on disposable items by replacing them with glass items such as Snapware and Also be mindful of your paper towel consumption by replacing them with either thin linen towels or these cool bamboo ones--they're still disposable, but much more durable and made from organic bamboo!
2. Recycle, recycle, recycle..and compost if you dare
We all know recycling is an easy, effective way to cut down on your carbon footprint and reuse some of the things we use most daily. But did you know that 60% of what an American household throws away is compostable? By composting your organic matter that would otherwise end up in the trash, you can take your eco-commitment to the next level. Check out these countertop and outdoor compost bins, as well as Houston's recycling calendar .
3. Swap out your lightbulbs for LED ones, and make sure electricity is off before you leave
It's tempting to spring for the inexpensive incandescents at the corner store, but that $17 six-pack of LEDs will last you 13 years AND save you money on your electricity bill. Also doing things like keeping outdoor lights on a timer and being mindful of tuning off switches as you leave the room can help cut back greatly.
4. Upgrade to a NEST thermostat
Upgrading your thermostat may be an initial investment, but it's sure to save you money in the future. NEST thermostats feature an eco-mode option as well as the ability to turn off and on your heat and AC from an app! How many times have you gone to work only to realize you forgot to turn up the thermostat? NEST has this covered--saving you money while also cutting back on unnecessary consumption.
5. Reuse the water you're already using
We all use a LOT of water, so why not make the most of it?! Simple measures like collecting rainwater (or shower water!) in a bucket can help make the most of water use, while still checking everything off your list. Water indoor plants with the same water you showered with, or use collected rainwater to wash windows or pressure wash the driveway--anything non-potable!