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Celebrate Earth Day: Eco-friendly Tips

earth day graphicIt’s Earth Day!  Show our planet a little love by following librarian, Kelly’s tips for making a positive impact on our environment!

April 22, 2020 will mark 50 years of Earth Day.

Eco-friendly Friendly Ideas:

  1. Carry reusable shopping bags. Reuse plastic bags and produce bags.
  2. Give up bottled water.
  3. Shop your local farmers market.
  4. Buy from bulk bins as often as possible.
  5. Cut out sodas, juices, and all other plastic-bottled beverages.
  6. Buy fresh bread that comes in either paper bags or no bags.
  7. Return containers for berries, cherry tomatoes, etc. to the farmer’s market to be reused.
  8. Let go of frozen convenience foods with plastic trays.
  9. Carry your own containers, bowls, glasses and utensils for takeout food and bring leftovers to work.
  10. Carry a stainless steel travel mug or reusable water bottle at all times for coffee and other drinks while out.
  11. Treat yourself to an ice cream cone. Nothing to throw away when you’re done.
  12. Choose glass/stainless steel food storage containers, and reuse what you have.
  13. Make your own snacks.
  14. Compost food waste.
  15. Clean with vinegar, baking soda and water.
  16. Use powdered dishwasher detergent in a cardboard box.
  17. Check labels of personal care products. Avoid unnatural chemicals.
  18. Use bar soap instead of liquid hand soap.
  19. Give up shampoo in plastic bottles.
  20. Baking soda can be used for deodorant.
  21. Use soap instead of canned shave cream.
  22. Choose lotions and lip balms in plastic-free containers.
  23. Switch from a plastic razor to a second hand safety razor.
  24. Choose toilet paper that’s not wrapped in plastic.
  25. Use handkerchiefs instead of paper tissue.
  26. Bring your own personal care products while on vacation.
  27. Bring your own water bottle — even on a plane.
  28. Refuse the mini bar while staying in a hotel.
  29. Many hotels are making an effort to be green by asking you to reuse your towels.
  30. Avoid plastic bowls. Some plastics leak into food if heated.
  31. Learn to make homemade pet food.
  32. When a plastic item breaks, try to repair it instead of buying a new one.
  33. Acquire necessary plastic items from second-hand stores, or borrow.
  34. Get off mailing lists. Try this website provided by the Federal Trade Commission for more info on how.
  35. Avoid disposable plastic pens.
  36. Shop thrift stores. Look for secondhand electronics, games, and toys before buying.
  37. Take care of what you have already.
  38. Learn strategies for green gift-giving. Opt for experiences or gift cards.
  39. Find ways to wrap gifts by reusing wrapping paper or gift bags.
  40. Join the Mahoning County Green Team. Call them at 330-740-2060 to find out how.

Kelly is a librarian at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. As the Adult Programming Specialist, her focus is bringing adults the library programs they love.  (Kids can’t have ALL the fun!).  She reads strictly nonfiction and picture books.  She believes that anything you could ever need or want is located somewhere in the library.  Including friends.