What is Earth Day?

It is on 22 April. It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisconsin) as an environmental teach-in in 1970 and is celebrated in many countries every year. The first Earth Day was in 1970.

Earth Day is a Birthday!! Just like a birthday is a special day to celebrate a person, Earth Day is a special day that celebrates the Earth.

New Year Resolutions? No! Earth Day Resolutions, easy ones!

From the simple step of curbside recycling to the more time-consuming composting, you can fit green in your life somewhere. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Recycle

It takes a bit of effort to do recycling in the UAE but involve the whole family so it’s a team effort there’s nothing better than that feeling of team spirit. Items that are accepted for recycling are paper products, including computer paper, catalogs, junk mail, copier paper, phone books, grocery bags, gift wrap and envelops, even if they have “windows”; cardboard, including food packaging such as cereal boxes, cake-mix boxes, frozen food boxes, egg cartons and soda/beer carriers; beverage containers; plastic containers labeled; aluminum and tin cans, bottles, empty aerosol cans, pie tins, glass jars and bottles. Just drop the recyclables in the bin provided at Spinneys Centres, schools and EEG.

Replace light bulbs

Buy some compact florescent light bulbs or (CFLs) to replace your incandescents when they burn out, or if you’re feeling really “green,” save some energy and replace them all now. They last a lot longer and save quite a bit on the energy bill over time.

Install a low-flow showerhead

Low-flow showerheads cut down on the amount of water coming out when you shower, but you really can’t tell the difference, except for a lighter water bill! They pay for themselves quickly.

Ditch your dryer

We have the benefit of the wonderful sun that we get all year long, why not put some of that instant solar power to work and reap the reward of sun-fresh clothes. The dryer takes a lot of energy to run, so start out trying half-time loads, hanging the clothes out to dry when they’re damp, then eventually go all the way and ditch that dryer.

Compost

According to the Environmental Defense Fund, 18 percent of the waste in an average U.S. household comes from the yard and garden, a huge amount of mostly bio-waste that can be returned to the garden. It’s no different in the UAE.

The composting process essentially involves setting aside certain types of organic waste apart from normal trash and collecting it in a composting bin where it decomposes and becomes a nutrient-rich soil additive or fertilizer.

Not only does this reduce waste in the dumps, it reduces the energy spent to take it there, can save you money on soil and fertilizer, reduces the use of chemical fertilizers, and plants love it! For a simple method that takes very little effort try Bokashi food waste recycling and composting system www.bokashidubai.com and feed the hungry earth with good food to make it healthy – the same principle for feeding ourselves except it’s mother Earth we’re feeding.

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