Amy Smart, Carter Oosterhouse & Emmanuelle Chriqui on simple ways to live green on Earth Day and everyday!
By the EMA Young Hollywood Board
Earth Day comes once a year. It’s a day when Prius drivers barrel down the street in an imaginary parade thrown just for them and we’re reminded to recycle our Diet Coke cans. There are so many ways to be green that in reality, we should be celebrating Earth Day every day.
The following is a list of honestly easy things we can all do on Earth Day and everyday:
1. Unplug electronics that you don’t use everyday – and even some you do, like hair dryers. Even though they aren’t in use, electronics still use up energy if they’re plugged in.
2. All those reusable bags you’ve been collecting – spread them out! Keep some in your car. Give a few to your neighbors. Have some at work.
3. Make a pledge to cut down on (or quit altogether) buying bottles of water. Get a reusable bottle! Being seen with one is all the rage. Continue reading
Earth Day is the day when millions of people in 172 countries all over the globe share their appreciation for our beautiful planet. What are you giving back to the earth this year?
Here are six ways to be part of that effort.
Precycle before you recycle.
Precycling is the art of returning a thing to the earth before it was even taken, saving our resources and creating a brighter future. What kinds of things can you precycle? How about bottled water or plastic grocery bags? You can drink water out of a reusable water bottle, and pack your groceries in a reusable cloth bag. You’ve just precycled, preventing two plastic items from ending up in the refuse stream. Less demand for these items leads to less production.
Flick a switch.
This is simple. Begin to make it a habit to turn off the lights whenever you are leaving a room. Turn off the water when brushing or even while soaping up in the shower, then turn it back on to rinse off. Turn off your car ignition when you’re waiting for someone. Every time you flick the switch, you are also flicking a switch in your brain that helps to reinforce the behavior and turn it into a good habit—the habit of conserving.
If it ain’t broke, don’t replace it.
Before upgrading to the newest iPhone or a bigger-model flat-screen TV, ask yourself if it will make your life better than if you simply kept the model you already have. Take a moment to really visualize all the earth’s resources it took to make these items. You could save some of earth’s resources by simply waiting six months or a year before replacing something old with something new. At the end of that time, assess whether the quality of your life was seriously compromised by hanging on to that older model. Continue reading