Earth Day

Earth Day was first recognized in 1970 and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Today, more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities, making it the largest civic observance in the world. But there’s still work to be done. Here are a few ways that you can do your part in taking care of our planet:
  • Opt for paperless billing. Over 100 million trees are cut down each year to produce junk mail. Choose paperless billing and unsubscribe from junk mail and catalogs — your planet and neighborhood mail person will thank you.
  • Stop using disposable plastic. Currently about 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year to make bags, bottles, packages and other commodities. Only about 10% of it is recycled. Make the switch to sustainable alternatives like a glass water bottle for work/gym and reusable grocery bags.
  • Recycle your e-waste. More than 50 million tons of electronic waste is generated in the U.S. alone. As a consequence, large amounts of hazardous materials such as lead, mercury and cadmium leach into our air and water. Pledge to recycle your e-waste in a safe and responsible manner instead of throwing it away.
  • Start composting. Billions of pounds of food are thrown away each year, ending up in landfills. One way to reduce waste is composting, a natural way of returning needed nutrients to the soil.
Source: Earth Day