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begin to get the message that taking care of the Earth is everyone’s responsibility. 9. Banish the Water Bottle. Water and specifically bottled water is bought and used everyday. The problem with this quest to keep hydrated is the plastic bottle waste that is clogging our landfills. Despite having the best of intentions, water bottles are a toxic product when they are breaking down on Mother Earth. Instead, reuse those water bottles or better yet, buy a sturdy, long lasting, thermos style water bottle that can be used time and again. Filter the water for the purest possible hydration and fill up the same bottle every day instead of throwing away all that plastic. Reusing a bottle with a wider mouth allows the possibilities of add ins for the water. You can toss in everything from lemon, to chia seeds, to various fruit to flavor your water in a healthy way in the reusable water bottle. 10. Take a Breath of Fresh Air. One of the easiest daily Earth Day activities to do that not only celebrates the Earth, but also cleans the air around any room is to grow plants inside or outside of your home. Whether or not you have a green thumb, there is a plant out there for every skill level and they all have one thing in common; they clean the air. Green leaves work hard to filter the toxins in the air around them and that means fresh air to breathe for

you and your family. Talk to a local horticulturist and find out which plants work best for your household or your type of soil should you decide on a garden. Be it kids, pets, allergies, etc., they will help you find the right plant that helps celebrate the Earth and keep a clean environment right in and around your own home. If you garden, you’re taking it one step further by helping your family to eat clean, local produce made by your own hands! 11. Become More Water Wise. Water is one of our most precious resources, yet we take advantage of and take for granted its supply. Surely, with as many people as are walking this planet today, there is a high possibility that one day we may not have access to unlimited clean water. That’s a scary thought when you consider how much we rely on it in our everyday lives. From doing the laundry to washing our cars, our dishes and even ourselves, we as individuals go through a lot of water. Now is a great time to teach your children early lessons on water preservation and that we shouldn’t take it for granted. A few tips are to encourage them to use what they pour when getting a drink from the faucet, or turning the faucet off when brushing their teeth, or perhaps even waiting to flush the toilet at home after two uses vs. one (this largely depends on the job being done!).

If you water your lawn or garden, try doing it earlier in the day when it’s not as hot and easier for the ground to absorb, and try watering every couple of days vs. every single day. Applying even a few of these tips will make great strides in preserving a pretty precious resource to all of us. 12. Say No to Waste. It takes a lot of energy from Mother Earth to help us humans to make paper from her trees. Then we turn around and use it, waste it, and throw it away. Why not use cloth for things like grocery bags, giftwrap, cleaning cloths, and napkins? You can make your own or try shops on etsy.com where you can have them customized with monograms or to your colors and themes. Then there is the non-stop flow of junk mail and bills that come from the post office every day. What a waste of paper and not very eco-friendly! Switch all the bills over to e-billing and use the junk mail to line pet cages (birds, rabbits, etc), potty train a puppy on it, line drawers, and all those arts and crafts projects you do over the weekends. If you really want to go big or go home, use all that junk mail to create a piñata and have a party celebrating all the things you are doing on a daily basis for the place we all call home, Earth.

Angel Rodrigues is mom to a 10 year old son, 8 year old twin boys, and her 6 year old daughter. She has been married to the best man on earth for over 17 years. She has a passion for writing, humanity, and the common good. You can follow along with her blog or find her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. multiplicity

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