5 Ways to be Eco-Friendly at Home

By: Jamie Durante

Earth Day is this Friday, April 22nd, and we want to celebrate by showing you how to be more eco-friendly at home. These changes are easy to make, and Mother Nature will thank you for it! Let's make changes for the better by turning Earth Day into Earth Week! 


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Monday - Meatless Monday

Want to know what’s hard on the planet? Meat consumption. Believe it or not, corporate farming is linked to many environmental pollutants. If you need some ideas for turning your dinner into a meatless option, look no further than this recipe idea.

Still looking for more inspiration without having to cook for yourself? Leave it to the professionals, and consult out our Inland Empire Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurant Guide for your Monday dinner plans.

 

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Tuesday - How to Conserve Water at Home

If you’ve been following us for a while, you know we love supporting the water conservation efforts of Chino Basin Water Conservation District. Water is the quintessential fluid to our lives, and it’s important to make sure we have enough fresh water preserved on this planet for countless generations to come. Some easy ways to save water are making sure you turn off the water when you brush your teeth, shorten your showers, and transition your lawn into a beautiful, drought-friendly landscape.


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Wednesday - Plant a Vegetable Garden

One of the best ways we can save the planet is by choosing to consume local and organic produce and goods. What’s more local than picking vegetables from your own backyard? Planting a vegetable garden can be easy if you take it one step at a time, and start small. Before you know it, you won’t need to depend on grocery stores to get your produce. What you’re not able to grow at home, you can find locally at a Farmers Market, and you’re still making less impact on the environment than paying for the shipping of a fruit or vegetable from across the country or another country.

If you don’t know where to go, look no further than our Inland Empire’s Spring and Summer Farmers’ Markets Guide.

 

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Thursday - Recycling & Reusing

This might be one of the oldest mantras from the environmentally conscious community, but recycling is very important. When we’re talking about recycling, we’re not just talking about throwing your plastic into a bin with a special symbol on it. We’re also talking about choosing to reuse instead of over-consume. Better yet, not over-consuming and choosing to not consume products that are not environmentally friendly are two of the biggest efforts you can make toward lowering your carbon footprint on the planet.

 

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Friday - Composting

Want to know a great way to significantly reduce your waste in addition to recycling and reusing? Composting of course! If you have a small space to dedicate to your composting in the backyard, that's perfect! Just throw in your biodegradable waste, give it some time, and before you know it you'll have rich compost to feed your vegetable garden!