Earth Day Tips: 4 Small Steps You Can Take Today

By Samantha Bufmack
Samantha is creative soul who thrives on change and imagination. When she is not fighting for the environment, she is transforming social media norms across industries and channels.
 

As Earth Day approaches, check out these quick and sustainable tips to help your community today and throughout the year. Environmental responsibility starts with us!

Eating foods from around the world often contributes to mass food waste, pollution and soil disruption. Eating locally is a simple solution! Head to a farmer’s market or look for stores that carry local products. This is one small step but huge for the environment.

Although plastic packaging has made life more convenient, it has also led to an uphill battle with waste. Last year alone, Americans used 50 billion water bottles, but only 23% were recycled. On average, it takes 450 years for a single piece of plastic to decompose – causing an array of ecosystem complications. To curb this stat, start transitioning from disposable plastic to reusable containers, bottles and bags!

Although 71% of the world is water, only 0.3% is sustainable for human use, and that includes domestic use, irrigation and public supply. Take shorter showers, turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth and wash your hands to start conserving water in your home!

Did you know 1/3 of landfills are made up of compostable materials? Prevent this excess waste by composting your natural materials, such as fruit and vegetable scraps. This will eliminate additional waste in our landfills and provide a natural alternative to chemical fertilizers in your garden.

There you go, four easy steps toward sustainability and conservation. Let’s start building a better and healthier environment for ourselves and our world. SSPR is excited to #doGood this Earth Day!

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