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April 22nd, is EARTH DAY!

WEAR GREEN AND BLUE from head to toe! Show off your Earth colors and let’s promote awareness for environmental protection!

WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP THE EARTH??

1. Plant Something

Trees not only cool things down (collectively, they can help decrease a city’s temperature by up to 10 degrees) but they also clean the air and give off more oxygen, among a ton of other benefits. Plant one in your family’s yard. Another option is to plant your own fruits and veggies which will benefit your health and reduce the amount of fossil fuel emissions by not having to transport the food to stores.

2. Buy reusable bags

It’s been estimated that Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year, and just the production alone for those requires about 12 million barrels of oil. Not to mention, they take up lots of space in landfills and cause major problems for marine wildlife. Instead, buy some super cute reusable bags to use when you go to the grocery store. You’ll not only be stylish but eco-friendly as well!

3. Unsubscribe to catalogs

The fact is that over 100 million trees are cut down each year to produce junk mail including catalogs. Plus they usually just end up in the trash anyway. Sign up for the free opt-out service at catalogchoice.org and they’ll help you get your name off the mailing lists for all those unwanted pieces of mail.

4. Try a local farmer’s market for your produce

Besides supporting area businesses, you’ll also be helping the Earth by buying your fruits and veggies local. That’s because food in the grocery stores travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to you, and all that shipping can cause pollution plus an increase of fossil fuel consumption and carbon emissions. When you buy locally, it’s transported in shorter distances. Community Supporter Agriculture, or CSA, is also a great way to get local, seasonable produce delivered to your door. Sign up for one in your area, https://www.fdacs.gov/Consumer-Resources/Buy-Fresh-From-Florida/Community-Supported-Agriculture-CSAs (<-Read more about it.)

4. RECYCLE!!!

If you can reuse something, don’t throw it away! If you can recycle it, please do! Be more conscious of things you throw out. If you can buy something that’s reusable, even better!

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