We do our best to be environmentally conscious every day in an effort to promote conservation and a green friendly plant. There are little things you can do to make a big difference in environment conservation.
As spring is now (finally!) underway, we know you most likely want to enjoy your home and entertain guests. In celebration of Earth Day, we gathered top tips for maintaining an environmentally conscious lifestyle at home while entertaining.
Shop responsibility. According to the David Suzuki Foundation, the shopping bag revolution is underway. More than one million plastic bags are used every minute and they are entangling and killing marine life and their micro plastic pieces are leaching onto the ground and contaminating crops. Make a positive impact for the environment simply by using reusable bags while shopping for food items for your next dinner party. Some of these bags can even be zipped up into tiny wallet-sized pouches, making them perfect for easy storage.
Use environmentally-friendly storage. Avoid packing up leftovers after dinner in Saran wrap or plastic. Use reusable food containers to keep food fresh while reducing material demand on the environment.
Wash the eco-friendly way. After entertaining your guests, make sure you only run the dishwasher when it’s full to save 100 pounds of CO2. The bonus is you’ll also save $40 a year by doing this simple task.
Staff (2014, April 22). David Suzuki Foundation. Retrieved from http://davidsuzuki.org/donate/fundraiser/plastic-bag-program/
Earth Day is on Monday, April 22nd and takes place all around the planet. We are asking you to take part this year and help to bring Earth Day awareness home to our own community. Earth day is about appreciating the Earth’s natural beauty and bringing about positive change for our planet’s future.
Here are some great tips to not only “green” your house, but also help your bank account.
- Switch to high efficiency appliances. Energy Star appliances use 10-50% less energy than standard appliances.
- Watch your temperature. Nearly half a home’s energy consumption is used for heating and cooling. Very small temperature adjustments save you both energy and money.
- Use less water by installing low-flow showerheads, toilets & faucets. This can reduce your water consumption up to 50%.
Her are some suggestions of what you can do to celebrate Earth Day.
Oakville citizens will be taking part in the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights 22nd Annual Earth Day Clean Up on Saturday, April 20th. These generous members of the community will be donating their time and efforts towards cleaning up the trails, parks and shores of Oakville to make our home a better place. Join one of the 25+ designated nature sites or simply clean around your own neighbourhood!
The Museums of Burlington are hosting a free Earth Day Celebration & ‘Yellow Rope’ Trail. Visit Ireland House on Sunday, April 21st from 1:00-4:00pm for a spring tour of the grounds. Take part in a planting, learn about heritage seeds, and explore their woods in their new ‘Yellow Rope Trail’.
We challenge you to join in and make a change this year to help make our community an even better place to live. This change can be as small or large as you would like, from switching off your lights, to committing to public transportation use or carpooling. The members of Rocca Sisters & Associates will all be making our pledges for Earth Day 2013, we hope that you will too.
Visit us at Facebook.com/RoccaSisters and share what your 2013 Earth Day pledge will be!