Happy Earth Day, 2010!

In researching a few fun facts about Earth Day, I found it has been recognized since 1970!  So, for 40 years there has been a yearly call to pause, think about, and do something that leads to a more habitable planet for us and especially for our  generations to follow!  It was originally founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin and was promoted as an “environmental teach-in”.  When’s the last time you heard about an “in” anything?   Sit-ins, love-ins, teach-ins…..those were the stuff of the sixties!

But, having endured for 40 years, Earth Day will be celebrated again on Thursday, April 22, 2010.  I urge you to do something good for planet Earth!  Making life better for future generations is certainly a worthy pay-off, but, there are also things you can do to make a difference in your own budget’s bottom line at the same time you are having an impact on the future!

These suggestions are not original, but, were pulled from several websites including Microsoft and Starbucks.

  • Dispose of electronic waste properly.  EWaste drives are in the news at this time of year.  We participated in a drive with one of our customers last Friday and I was amazed at the amount of product that was collected.  HOPE Services makes drop-off pretty simple in Silicon Valley and South Bay and is a GREAT organization.  I’m including the link to their website listing drop off locations.  http://www.hopeservices.org/foundation/ewaste.htm
  • Replace traditional light bulbs with CFC’s.  Lasting 10X longer, using 25% of the energy of traditional bulbs, they will cut energy cost by 50%.
  • Buy and use a smart power strip.  This is your safeguard for electronics that appear to be “off” but, are pulling a “phantom load” which increases your energy use and cost!  They sell for around thirty dollars.
  • Buy organic fiber clothing.  Earth-friendly farming that is herbicide and pesticide free is the goal here. 
  • When you shop, carry reusable bags!  Grocery store trips really add up when you’re taking all those plastic bags home.   A few cloth bags in the trunk and you are always prepared.

These are some ways that we can make simple changes that have a large impact.  And, if we all just make one change it is hugely significant!  Even back in 1970 the estimate of people who observed Earth Day was 20 million.  

What have you done and will you do?  I think I’m going shopping!