Terri Trespicio, host of "The Body+Soul Hour" on Martha Stewart Living Radio, celebrates Earth Day with some simple tips for saving the world.
Use greener cleaners.
As many as a third of Americans have an adverse reaction to common household chemicals. Try using safer, nontoxic solutions to clean your home. You'll save money, too. For example, furniture polish can cost about $4, but a quarter cup of vinegar and a few drops of olive oil cost just a few cents.
Eat lower on the food chain.
A plant-centered diet requires fewer resources and reduces your ecological footprint. It also can improve your long-term health. You don't have to become a vegetarian -- try gradually shifting the emphasis of your meals from meat to vegetables and grains. You'll be doing yourself, and the planet, a world of good.
Wash in cold water.
About 90 percent of the energy used for a load of laundry goes to heating the water. While you may want to wash bed linens in hot water to kill dust mites, opt for washing all other loads in cold -- and save up to $300 and 330 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions each year.
Stop idling in your car.
Did you know that 10 percent of all our fuel is wasted on idling? Next time you pick up your children from school or make a quick stop, turn off your engine. Better yet, establish a no-idle zone at your school, church, or temple, and get others to do the same. Find new uses for old things. Or, find a way for others to reuse them. Many retailers provide in-store drop-off bins for recycling cell phones. Consider donating household items such as clothing, toys, and computers to nonprofits, shelters, and rescue missions.
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