After the devastation of the oil spill in Santa Barbara, California in 1969, Earth Day founder, Gaylord Nelson, was inspired to make a difference. On April 22, 1970, at the height of the flower child era, 20 million Americans held demonstrations across the country rallying for a healthy, sustainable environment.
We continue to battle many of the same environmental issues we did on that first Earth Day. Some are far worse, like the thousands of toxic chemicals man has introduced while others, such as global warming have not brought the devastation some predicted it would at this point in time.
Let’s celebrate our beautiful planet by making a few simple changes to help keep it clean:
- Use Less Water Take shorter showers & turn off the water while brushing your teeth, washing your face… this is a MUST here in California since El Nino hasn’t really happened as they predicted!
- Treat Your Bod With Eco Friendly Kindness Use clean, non toxic personal care products. What goes on your body doesn’t just affect you and your health, they harm our precious environment. When you reduce your own personal exposure to toxins you reduce your contribution of dangerous chemicals getting back into our environment. Our government is not making sure our products are safe so we need to choose them wisely
- Steer Clear of Traditional Dry Cleaners Even trace amounts of the commonly used solvent perchloroethylene [perc] has been labeled as a ‘likely human carcinogen’ by the EPA. Start patroning green dry cleaners or don’t buy as much ‘dry clean only’ clothing. You’ll save money and the environment. Women spend roughly $1500 a year on dry cleaning bills
- Green Your Cleaning Routine Use products that do not contain harmful toxins to clean your home, car and office. Just like using non toxic personal care products, this is far healthier for the environment and your family
- Recycle It’s shocking to me that some people don’t recycle everything they can. It’s one of the easiest green moves you can make. Every ton of paper we recycle, saves 17 trees, 7000 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil so recycle it! About 40% of landfill waste is paper!
The Earth Day Network works all year with over 22,000 partners and organizations to fight for a cleaner environment