Today is Earth Day!

Its Earth day! This time year we dedicate a conscious effort to help the planet. We are borrowing this earth from the next generation and we should leave it better than we found it. Consider your carbon foot print not just in the larger scale but in the simple things we do at home.

Here are the top 10 things you can do.

  1. Save energy at home. Choose energy-saving appliances if they’re available. Look for Energy Star!
  2. Buy locally, or grow your own! Reduce air pollution caused by food and goods transport.
  3. Dispose of solid and liquid wastes and medications safely. (Are there paint cans sitting around?)
  4. Reduce. Cut back on the amount of ‘stuff’ that could later end up as waste.
  5. Reuse. Upcycle! Take something that is disposable and transform it into something of greater use and value.
  6. Recycle metals, plastics and paper.
  7. E-cycle. Recycle and/or properly dispose of electronic waste such as computers and other gadgets.
  8. Don’t litter! Properly dispose of trash and waste.
  9. When purchasing goods, opt for sustainable, recycled or reused resources. Choose items in less packaging.
  10. Pass on gas! Take public transportation, carpool, plan your day to reduce trips and vehicle emissions.

Where can you go to shop local? Try a garage sale, Second hand stores, Estate sales, Antique shops, Community Resale Events, Shop at Etsy.

Don’t think that our efforts won’t go unnoticed. Its important to know that every little bit helps.The more planning in your home or office you take to process through your paperwork and “stuff” you own, you’ll discover that you’ll have less to sort through on a daily basis. Why not dedicate Earth day to an effort that benefits you and your family. This will save you time and money as well. We can’t just think that it is a corporation’s obligation to find a solution for a better environment, we can take it seriously and do what we can as well.

Cork it!

Did you know that you can recycle Cork? Why? you ask? Not only is it an energy efficient, biodegradable, renewable and sustainable 100 % natural product but because there are 13 billion natural cork wine stoppers sold each year into the world market, and presently they are ending up in landfills.

Cork is a natural, buoyant material and has the ability to absorb and retain up to 9 grams of CO2. It is an important source of CO2 retention.

These recycled corks are used for shoe soles, bulletin boards, place mats, fishing rod handles, building insulation, playground equipment, floor tiles and packaging material.

According to an article posted on the ReCork America website, they have a plan with Whole Foods to accept wine corks in California. So, why not ask your local Whole foods to participate in the same program.

Visit ReCork America for cork recycling locations: www.recorkamerica.com

Contact info:ReCORK America
Roger Archey, 415-927-4207
rarchey@pacbell.net

How to start recycling in three steps.

Start here: How to Recycle.

Click on the link “how to recycle ” above to learn the basic steps. Print it out and use as a resource.  It is easy and you will be happy that you are doing something good for our environment. Recycle, Reduce, Reuse.  If you need assistance call Mercury Organizing Professionals.