Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day!

Personally I think every day should be Earth Day but that's just me...anyway yet again I am doing like a million things at once so I put on an old green color, Misa's Toxic Seduction. Love this color! And it was the perfect green to match my green dress.

I can't think of anything new to add, except hey! Check out my past forays into greeeeeeeeen polish.

And if we're going to be talking about checking things out, there's an amazing new blog out called Polish Our Planet, and I only wish I were creative enough to start it and format it the way it is! Polish Earthgirl (who I have just now nicknamed as PE) weaves in great eco-tips with amazing polish pictures.

Oh, and I just applied for an internship this summer for the NRDC. Here's to hoping I get it!

Finally, if you understandably want to stay in this weekend, check out this Best Movies on "Earth" list that We Are Movie Geeks put together. I would add "Wall-E" to that list for families with little kids that aren't interested by former American VP Al Gore, but definitely give Planet Earth a view. It's just absolutely stunning.

Anyway, in celebration of all things green, here are 76 little things to help fight global warming, brought to you by BeatGlobalWarming.Info

*these really all make a difference!*
  1. Plan car trips efficiently and combine errands.
  2. Turn off lights when you leave the room, and appoint a person to be the “light monitor” at home, school and work. Use natural light instead of electric light whenever possible.
  3. Decline a bag when buying only an item or two.
  4. Plant trees -- as many as you can. Donate trees at http://www.americanforests.org/planttrees/ And to celebrate an occasion, give trees at http://www.arborday.org/join/TICTIM/index.cfm?trackingid=306
  5. Print on both sides of the paper and reuse printed paper for scraps and notes.
  6. Use cloth napkins and towels instead of paper.
  7. Use electronic checking instead of paper checks.
  8. If you have a choice, take the car that gets better gas mileage.
  9. Use the Internet to shop, to reduce global warming both by using less gasoline and by making a contribution with your purchases. Go to: http://www.ourenergy-shopping.com/ and a percentage of all your online purchases from more than 700 participating retailers (including Walmart.com and The Gap), will be contributed for green energy credits automatically every time you shop.
  10. Read newspapers and magazines online.
  11. Insulate your hot water heater and hot water pipes, and turn down the heat on your hot water heater.
  12. Set your furnace 3-4 degrees lower and your air conditioner 3-4 degrees higher.
  13. Run full loads for your washer, dryer and dishwasher.
  14. Replace light bulbs with energy efficient CFL bulbs (compact florescent), and ask businesses that you frequent to change to energy efficient bulbs.
  15. Buy paper products made from recycled paper.
  16. Charge your cell phone in the car. Unplug chargers when not in use.
  17. Activate the energy saving feature on all computers and printers.
  18. Share a ride (car pool).
  19. Work from home; allow employees to work from home once or twice a month.
  20. Return empty printer cartridges to the manufacturer or store -- Staples, Office Depot, etc.
  21. Don’t buy disposable products.
  22. Fix or mend instead of replacing. Reuse as many things as possible -- recycle everything you can! Insist that recycling is offered at your place of work and home if you rent.
  23. Get removed from unwanted mailing lists at www.junkbusters.com
  24. Buy carbon offsets at http://www.nativeenergy.com/services.html
  25. Use a coffee pot instead of individually wrapped packets for groups.
  26. Use glass instead of plastic, paper or Styrofoam cups.
  27. Send an E-Card instead of a paper one.
  28. Buy bulk instead of individually wrapped products.
  29. Buy previously owned books, DVDs, videos etc., and rent a movie instead of buying it.
  30. Give away useful products instead of throwing them out.
  31. Make your next car at least 35% more fuel efficient than your current one.
  32. Take brief showers.
  33. Use light dimmers if you have them.
  34. Use reusable plastic containers instead of zipper-top plastic bags.
  35. Use a lunch box instead of a paper bag.
  36. Use a thermos or cup instead of buying throw-away juices or small plastic bottles.
  37. Walk a few flights of stairs instead of taking an elevator.
  38. Shut doors and air vents in unoccupied rooms.
  39. Drive 5-10 miles per hour slower. (N's note: Ok this is SUPER hard for me living in Southern California but I get amazing mileage out of my car even when I'm going at 65, CA's speed limit...and especially when I'm on cruise control, see below)
  40. Roll to red lights vs. using the gas and braking (it will save your brakes as well), and at any opportunity, use cruise control when driving.
  41. Save a piece of the rainforest at http://www.arborday.org/shopping/donations/orderrfr.cfm
  42. Install a water filter instead of buying bottled water.
  43. Wash clothing in warm instead of hot, and cold instead of warm water.
  44. Buy organically grown food and drink coffee made with organically grown beans.
  45. Shop at farmers markets and buy food grown locally.
  46. Buy reconditioned computers, printers, etc.
  47. Walk instead of drive for short distances.
  48. Keep your car tires properly inflated.
  49. Share this list with everyone you know, by E-mail of course.
  50. Buy music online and download it instead of buying the actual disc.
  51. Make sure your place of worship is green. Help them start or do more.
  52. Keep the lint pipe of your dryer clean.
  53. If you need an appliance, buy an “Energy Star” appliance since they are the most efficient.
  54. Take digital photos and only print the desired pictures.
  55. Send electronic bills instead of paper bills by mail.
  56. If your power company offers a green energy option, take it! Ask them to offer it if they don’t!
  57. Cut and paste an electronic file instead of printing a paper file.
  58. See or read “An Inconvenient Truth;” learn all you can about the climate crisis.
  59. Print only the parts of documents you need, not the entire document.
  60. Turn off heating and air conditioning units when you’re not home; better yet, use a programmable thermostat to do this for you.
  61. Bring your own reusable or recycled bags to the supermarket.
  62. Remove a few light bulbs from lights fixtures or banks of lights.
  63. Volunteer to head an effort to “go green” at your work, school, place of worship or any organization you belong to.
  64. Pray for others to follow your lead. (“When you pray, move your feet” -- African proverb)
  65. Send a Native Energy greeting card ($12) as a donation toward clean energy. http://www.nativeenergy.com/cards.html
  66. Make sure the gas filter and air filter on your car are clean and keep your car tuned up.
  67. Remove any heavy items from your car.
  68. Avoid rush hour driving whenever possible; better yet, take public transportation.
  69. Have your paycheck deposited directly to your account.
  70. Use propane or natural gas for barbeques and camping instead of wood or charcoal.
  71. Install an attic fan to ventilate your attic, and then insulate your attic.
  72. Install ceiling fans to help with both heating and cooling.
  73. Install weather stripping around drafty windows and doors.
  74. Turn off decorative lighting at night and ask stores you frequent to do the same.
  75. Don’t use wooden chopsticks! Either bring your own (plastic or ceramic) or use a fork.
  76. Wrap gifts in newspaper, magazine or other used paper product instead of gift wrap.
Happy Earth Day!!

4 comments:

Polish Earthgirl said...

Whoa thats an awesome list!!! I will definitely be using some of these tips all the time now! Thanks!

S. Vanessa Hailey said...

Thank you for the great list!

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