Which holiday is even more green than St. Patrick’s Day? Earth Day, of course! This April, we’re celebrating the holiday that’s been around since 1970 by giving life to our community in any way we can. Here are some different ways to show the planet some love:
Upgrade Your Water Bottle
Staying hydrated is crucial to your health – and also for blood donation! Instead of picking up a pack of plastic water bottles, dive into the world of sustainable container options. From bottles that filter your water as you drink it to those that keep drinks cold for 8 or more hours, or even pitchers that give you up to 10 glasses at a time—the options are truly endless. You’ll produce less waste and deal with less clutter around the house.
Save Energy with Little Effort
Thanks to new technology, you can save energy and lower your electric bill at the same time. Swing by the store to get a power strip that automatically detects when something isn’t in use and switches into power-saving mode. Or integrate a smart thermostat that learns how you like your A/C so you don’t have to worry about setting it every morning and night. These devices can help you save time and money.
Reuse Your Veggie Scraps
Next time you’re chopping vegetables, grab the scraps, stick them in a glass and regrow new ones! It’s easy to regrow veggies and herbs like lettuce, basil, avocados, celery and more. Once new roots form in a matter of 1-2 weeks, you can repot them with dirt to keep the plant thriving and keep delicious food growing.
Plant Trees Strategically
If you live in a house, you can save energy by planting trees on the sides of your yard that get a lot of sunlight. You’ll get to enjoy the shade and the savings on your bill.
Find Creative Uses for Containers
When you’re finished with a plastic bowl from buying cottage cheese, use it for storage. If you get magazines in the mail, fold them and use them to hold your boots up in your closet. Use your coffee grounds in your flower beds if you have acid-hungry plants. Your home is full of items that could make life easier, and you may not even realize it!
Clean Your Air Filters
The more lint and dust you have in your air filters, the harder your system works to get air from point A to point B. Change your air filters on a regular basis to prevent your bill from rising and your house from getting dusty.
Borrow Before Buying
While some people forgot about public libraries in the age of e-books, most libraries are still great resources for your favorite books. Some even offer digital versions of books and movies if you prefer to use your tablet.
Give Life to Your Community
The ultimate form of recycling is to give blood back to someone in need. So whether it’s Earth Day or not, we hope you’ll consider making a donation to Carter BloodCare to give life to your community. Schedule a donation today!