Tip of the Day
Today marks the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
If you're looking for ways to get involved and celebrate Earth Day, carpooling, biking and public transit are all obvious ways to reduce your impact on the environment, but there are also plenty of easy ways to lighten your carbon food-print while shopping and eating healthier.
Buy Locally and in Season - Not only does eating locally-grown fruits and vegetables save fossil fuel, your food is fresher, tastes better, costs less and retains more nutrients, plus you are supporting local farmers and keeping dollars in your community.
Reduce Packaging - Buying in bulk reduces the amount of plastic, paper, metal and energy that goes into manufacturing the packaging. If bulk isn’t available, buy in larger packages like "family sizes" rather than individual sizes.
BYOB (Bring Your Own Bags) to the Grocery - Even reusing paper supermarket bags from previous visits can lessen the impact of the 100 billion petroleum-based plastic bags used each year in the U.S., which end up as litter, in landfills and a pollutant of our fresh waters.
For more ways to celebrate Earth Day and support the environment, visit our Lighten Your Carbon Food-Print page.
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Reviewed February 2013