The first Earth Day was in 1970, when a U.S. Senator organized a teach-in on university campuses nationwide following a visit to the site of the Santa Barbara oil spill. Today, the day is celebrated by upwards of a billion people in more than 192 countries all over the world. Do your part to protect the planet with our eco-friendly tips you can use at home and while you’re traveling.
Donate old clothes, eyeglasses and electronics instead of throwing them away.
Choose a shower head with a low GPM (that’s gallons per minute).
Install energy-friendly light bulbs to use up to 70% less energy.
Turn off the water when you’re brushing your teeth to save around 8 gallons of water a day.
Clean with vinegar, instead of harsh chemicals. Just add some salt when you need to scrub.
Instead of buying bottled water, carry your own reusable bottle to refill as needed.
While you’re away
Refill your travel-size containers instead of buying new ones each trip.
Unplug your appliances when you go on vacation—many common appliances still sap electricity when they are off.
Set your thermostat and water heater to low before you leave.
Grab only the maps and brochures that you will actually use—consider sharing with others in your group.
Never remove wildlife from its natural environment including shells, flowers and coral—take a picture instead.
When hiking or camping, stay only in marked areas to avoid destroying vegetation.
Buy locally produced souvenirs in order to support the local economy and reduce the pollution required to import goods.
How do you do your part to protect the planet? Tell us in the comments!