by Ilene Moyher
In honor of Earth Day April 22, 2011, let’s embrace "Operation Trashdown" as a way to help create a cleaner earth. Everyone can help by adopting the ‘less trash’ mindset in their shopping and daily routines. Three basics are:
- Reuse or recycle more than you throw away
- Consider product packaging – amount of packaging and whether it’s made of recycled or recyclable materials
- When buying, make choices based on where items will end up (in a landfill? recycled? a treasured keepsake? long usage life?)
Did you know that 38 billion water bottles end up in landfills every year, enough to circle the earth 150 times, and each bottle takes hundreds of years to decompose! Most towns and venues offer recycling for these, so it’s an easy way to make a difference. Better yet, use your own bottle and water and save money, too. You can find this fun fact on the Today Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda. Click the link to see the segment for more ways to easily become greener.
Opportunities to recycle are plentiful – from cans, bottles, plastics, and newspapers to electronics to food (composting is easy and rewarding). In the coming weeks, we’ll post specific tips and information related to recycling and reusing.
In the meantime, Earth Day events are happening throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts in the next week or two, many focused on recycling and reusing. Here’s a sampling of the enjoyable and educational events open to the public:
- CT Department of Environmental Protection
- Family Events Throughout CT
- Earth Day Celebrations at the Garbage Museum, Stratford, CT
- NBC CT Electronics Recycling Drive (or Google Electronics Recycling and your town name to find the most convenient time and location for you).
- MA Department of Environmental Protection
- Massachusetts Horticultural Society Events
Please share these tips with your email, Twitter and Facebook pals. The efforts you are already taking to be green complement the Operation Trashdown mindset, and by spreading this concept, we can create a cleaner planet for future generations.
Happy Earth Day!
Image courtesy of EarthDay2011.com.