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Easy Ways to Go Greener for Earth Day

Low Water Shower Head

 (Photo by Nicole-Koehler, via Wikimedia Commons)

 

With Earth Day just around the corner, it’s important to keep in mind green practices that could be added to your daily life. A couple of quick changes can have a huge impact on our planet.  Below are three simple tips to make Mother Earth smile.

 

Upgrade your shower head  

Switch your current shower head to a low-flow version. Shower heads range in price but whatever style you choose is a step in the right direction. Look to purchase a shower head with a maximum flow rate of 2 gallons or less per minute. Keep in mind the lower the number, the better! Many hardware stores carry models that have flow rates of 1.5 to 1.6 gallons per minute. If you want to go the extra mile, purchase an extreme low-flow shower head online with a flow of 1 gallon per minute or less! This little adjustment can significantly reduce your water use by up to 35% or more depending on the model you choose. According to Climate Change Central, this change allows a Canadian family of four to save at least 25,000 litres of water a year.

 

Go paperless 

In our tech-savvy era, there’s no longer a need to receive bills via snail mail. Contact the various companies you do business with to set up online accounts. Alternatively, Canada Post offers epost, an online service that allows you to access all your bills from a single electronic mailbox. Canada Post has partnered with over 100 Canadian companies so you can manage all your bills online in one place. Many Canadian banks offer the epost feature allowing you to connect your electronic mailbox to your online bank account.

To further reduce paper waste, you can opt out of phone book delivery. Say goodbye to this eco-offender by visiting the following link: http://delivery.ypg.com/. You can promote this initiative by recommending the link in your social networks.

 

Clean green

If you don’t already, try to incorporate some eco-friendly supplies into your cleanup routine.

Distilled white vinegar is the ultimate all-purpose cleaner for your bathroom and kitchen. In a spray bottle, mix equal parts water and vinegar for a great disinfectant. For a natural fabric softener, you can toss a small amount (about 50 mL) of vinegar into your laundry to combat strong odours.

Lemon juice is a fabulous deodorizer. This citrus fruit can be used to clean glass and polish metal fixtures.

Baking soda can be used for multiple cleaning purposes and acts as a fantastic toilet bowl cleaner.

Olive oil works as an excellent polish for scuff marks on wooden furniture.

With these four basic ingredients, natural cleaning supplies are only a kitchen cupboard away!

 

About the Author:

Katrina Roberto is a U of T grad, custom jewelry designer and new Vancouverite. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter @Katrinabumbina.


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