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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Celebrate Earth Day!

This week marks Earth Day on April 22nd and it is time for each and every one of us to step up to make a difference. We all know that the Earth is sick - plagued by pollution, deforestation, and disregard by its human inhabitants. Certainly it can be overwhelming to view the big picture and to wonder what we, as individuals, can do. But it is small changes that add up to big results and if we each take one step toward healing the planet, we can create a sustainable future for ourselves and for our children.

What can you do? Start with something simple. Banish plastic bags from your life and take up reusable bags for shopping (check out our totes for a wonderful alternative!). If you already have your shopping bags, do away with your plastic food storage bags, sandwich wraps, plastic water bottles or food containers. Too easy? Head out to your local farmers market and become a regular customer. Seek out organic options and commit to local foods. How about trading in some of your personal care products for more natural, organic versions - good for you and for the environment. Start with one product and make the switch! Reduce landfills by changing to cloth diapers, composting, or recycling. Ready for bigger changes? Find out about solar or wind power for your home, grow your own food by converting your lawn into an organic garden, walk more/drive less or trade your vehicle in for a hybrid. Organize members of your community to clean up local parks, to educate your neighbors about green living, or volunteer to be part of your town's environmental or conservation commission.

Looking for even more ideas? Download our Earth Day handout and be part of the solution! We can make a difference - start this week and honor the planet and the future!

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