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Yay Earth Day!

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Author: Seventh Generation

Earth Day, celebrated annually on April 22nd, is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for our planet's natural environment.

How do you plan to celebrate Earth Day? We asked our Seventh Generation Nation members to offer some suggestions. Here are the top 5 responses:

  1. Switch to household cleaners made with ingredients that originate as plants, not petroleum.
  2. Have a picnic with friends and family and talk about ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
  3. Vow to make every day Earth Day!
  4. Go for a walk in a park or other green space with someone you love.
  5. Save energy by pledging to wash all your laundry in cold water.

And here are some other ways Seventh Generation Nation members will celebrate Earth Day:

  • Shop at a local health foods store
  • Walk instead of drive
  • Eat organic and locally-grown foods
  • Run the water less
  • Take a reusable bag to the store

Tell us how you celebrate Earth Day! Click here to Join the Nation, or here to "like" us on Facebook.

Check out our Earth Day page where you can enter to win a $10,000 green home makeover.

photo: EraPhernalia Vintage

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mcclainerin@yahoo.com
08/26/11
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UrR7hj0LRA there is the link to "You Gotta Have Art". If you're interested in "recycling" art, check it out!! If you have kids you should definitely check it out, she gives great ideas and it would be a fun way to spend an afternoon!!
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mcclainerin@yahoo.com
08/26/11
Check out Larie Rivlin Caspert on youtube.com search "you gotta have art". She does amazing work with children/adults with recycled materials, turning them into works of art. Since other people posted similar interests, I thought I'd share this.
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mjhuynh
08/25/11
I live in Honolulu on the island of Oahu, HI. Every year, this island receives millions of visitors. This can be detrimental to the beaches as many tourists leave so much trash behind. Locals and visitors alike all have a responsibility to take their trash with them. Everytime I go to the beach, I always bring a reusable canvas or plastic bag with me to pick up my trash, as well as, any other trash I see laying around. This simple act keeps beaches clean and trash out of the water. Thanks for reading!
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jeannemouch
08/22/11
There is always a treasure to be found at many of your local re-sale shops and various garage or yard sales. Even if you are new to sewing, Up-cycling clothing (making something old into something new)can be a fun and trendy way to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Have fun with it!
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morrisey9
08/20/11
I recently contacted my city's recycling program to ask for clarification on what could and could not be recycled by their machines. Turns out, a lot more things are recyclable then what I had originally thought. I assumed that a lot of things couldn't be recycled because they weren't water bottles/soda can or the more traditional items we've been taught to reuse/recycle. I was pleased to hear most recycling facilities have the technology to recycle all plastics items (including salad dressing bottles, etc), all types of paper (except for shredded paper), and many other things. If you aren't sure what your city is able to recycle, I would recommend calling them because they don't always advertise how many standard household items are recyclable.
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momomama
08/17/11
Three night a week I try to make dinners without meat and We try to eat beef only two times a month.
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bhudda
07/21/11
does it really clean? considering it,please give feedback txs
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leslieaprice1
06/27/11
I make sure to put scraps of fruits and veggies in the garden when I'm cleaning up from dinner. This helps the soil, and hopefully will detract the deer from eating the plants! :)
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jaderichardi
05/03/11
I turn off lights that are not in use, recycle what is allowed in my city, and unplug electronics that are not in use.
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rmnagy
04/27/11
I have really started making useful things with recycled goods. It feels great to make a beautiful piece with what most consider trash. Old magazines and water bottles are a great start.
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Charity Joy
04/22/11
We are all just enjoying our little country oasis! Very thankful for; the recycled clothesline from our last house my husband put up, our beautiful flower and vegetable plots, the ability to find products that create jobs and a cleaner healthier environment, the chance to be a caretaker of our Heavenly Father's good-green-earth, so many farmer's markets near by, the many health and wellness aware people in our community, and finally the blessed kindness of friends and neighbors. Greatful, Charity
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AshKoni
04/21/11
I have really cool bottles (a few Patron bottles) that I am using to make oil reed diffusers for my Mom's birthday!
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hstrehse
04/15/11
Hello DANANDSHANNA, I congratulate you on your efforts to GO Green with your Registry!! My daughter is having her first child and I have been doing something very similar for her. Last weekend I picked up a baby swing that retails for $130 for $20 at a garage sale. The woman who was selling it said that her baby didn't like it and it was only used 2-3 times. It was BRAND NEW!! My daughter knows that she is having a boy and guess what?? The woman selling the swing's baby is a boy. She had bags upon bags upon bags of baby boy clothes...I don't know how it was possible she has sooooo many clothes. They were all newborn to 6 mos and NEVER worn...most still with tags!! I purchased 2 bags for $6. I don't think my daughter's little one will need to wear the same outfit twice either! I wanted to mention that in our area there is a freecycle site (there may be one in your area as well). This site is for people who have items (mainly gently used) that they are looking to give away or for others that would like to seek out someone who may have an item that they are looking for. Basically how this works is that you post on the site (anonymously) what you have or what you are seeking and your town....when you see something that you like or that you have, you send a e-mail to that person. They get back in touch with you through e-mail and give you their location. They leave it on their porch and you pick it up....it's that easy! Anyhoo, I have found quite a few items on my local freecycle site...i.e., a grocery cart cover, floor mat with toy-arch, a excersaucer, diaper pail, and a few other items....all FREE!! If you choose to seek out your area to see if there is a freecycle site, I'll give you a hint....my area's is listed under our county (for instance, and I'm just making this one up..... Sepsoncountyfreecycle.com) Get it Sepson/county/freecycle/.com? Good luck with your new "LITTLE ONE" and on your continued venture in your GO GREEN REGISTRY!! Many Blessings!!
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danandshanna
04/15/11
Oh, and I should mention that so far, we've spent $273.82 on these items as opposed to spending the $828.43 it would have cost to get them new. That's $554.61 in savings!!!! INCREDIBLE!
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danandshanna
04/15/11
We are expecting our first child this September. I have created a "Go Green Registry" via a free website in which I search Craiglist, resale shops, etc for deals on the stuff we want and would have put on a 'traditional' registry. Then we post the deals on the website with the cost of the item new, what we got it for in 'like new' or 'gently used' condition (90% of the time we get the EXACT same item & 10% of the time it's last year's model, i.e. the same but different color or fabric), and the total savings. Then our friends and family can "purchase" these registry items for us by sending us the money. As most of our family live far away, it also saves on shipping costs! We are loving it. (We also have some items on a traditional registry for the old-fashioned.)This week alone we got a $65 diaper bag for $25 from a consignment shop, $70 swing for $22.50 from a consignment shop, and a Dutailier Glider and ottoman (they retail at Target for $350) for an incredible $80 off Craigslist! All look basically brand new! We are having a blast, and so happy to start our baby off in an earth-conscious manner. (Carseats, cribs, and breastpumps are the only things you are never suppose to buy used.) I also turn the water off in the shower when I'm shampooing or conditioning my hair, shaving, and lathering up the soap. The water only runs when I'm ready to rinse!
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jenny0805
04/15/11
teachermomtoo: We need more teachers like you!
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proud_mom
04/15/11
I am hoping to grow more veggies this summer...and get the whole family to eat them! I'm trying varieties I haven't tried before and amending the soil this year more than ever, we have clay and hard pan :( I hope for sunshine and the perfect amount of rain-not too much, not too little! We'll see...
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teachermomtoo
04/14/11
I am a 3rd grade teacher and have been teaching recycling in my class room for many years. I teach my students the purpose of recycling and they take it as far as having their own family recycle at home. I had one parent say they had to recycle in their house because the teacher "said to". Whatever it takes!!! At home I have twins 18, a 21 year, 2 dogs, and a cat. We recycle so much that we are now up to five recycle curbside containers and usually only ONE BAG of trash a week. WOOHOO!!! We use re-useable bags to shop with (grocery or other wise) and my kids are always trying to find new ways to recycle. We take our clothes to a consignment shop before Goodwill, and find different ways to conserve energy including not having lights or TVs on if not in the room. My kids are used to covering up instead of turning on the heat and using safe cleaning and grooming products. I practice what I preach to my students and they are really into what is best for our Earth. I am very proud of my children and students for how much they think about actions before harming our Earth!!! At our school we don't just celebrate Earth day, but EARTH WEEK!!!!
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mary kae konesky
04/14/11
I love the fact your reducing the use of plastic. I have # allergies, but using your product helps alot. Also started using surge outlets to my tv,computer,etc and turn them all off when not in use. teaching grandkids how to help also. changing lights bulbs to newer conservative energy ones. Replacing appliances with the useage in mind rather than the price has saved me money as well. My only problem is as retired I use many coupons and you dont seem to put the in the news paper often . Also how about printing teaching books for the next generation using your products and sending them with newspapers on sunday. add a contest in the back of the book for the kids to win earth friendly (Cotton) t-shirts for new ideas to save money and the enviroment. looking forward to your reply..........mary konesky (kae0123@comcast.net)
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hedgewitch3
04/14/11
Our household consists of 2 adult humans and (currently) 4 rescue hedgehogs.Our average weekly trash pickup is less than a single 13 gallon baggie as we recycle all paper, cardboard, glass and plastic. I even found a local recycle drop for styrofoam (although limited as to what they will take it does keep some from the landfills). And recycleable items are rinsed of food, placed in containers, making drop-off trips only necessary about once every 6 weeks. I use 100% recycled paper towels in the habitats where the hedgies potty. These are changed daily. The bedding is custom made fabric liners which are laundered as needed and have eliminated use of paper or wood shaving bedding going into the trash, still the paper towels are the bulk of our trash. We live in a small apartment with no real "land" around the building. This year I'm starting a small container garden to grow our own herbs, flowers and a few veggies and to hide the concrete. I'm looking into a small composting plan to make use of those paper towels and take them out of the trash! We use a water filter system and refill bottles from home. When visiting local coffee shops, we take our own cups. Reusalble shopping bags has grown into a "hobby" where a friend and I make them now as gifts for friends and hope soon to have some local shops buy some from us. I've been using cold water for laundry for several decades and 7th Generation laundry products exclusively for at least 8 years.
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jenny0805
04/14/11
We try to do little things all year to help out. I very rarely wash clothes in warm water unless it's necessary. We always use reusable grocery and produce bags. I'm switching over to environmentally friendly and homemade cleaning products (trying to use up what we have and switch as I run out of the old stuff). We used to buy cases of water and just refill the water bottles for awhile and then recycle them, but now we just have reusable water bottles. And our city has an excellent curbside recycling program, which is nice and helps a lot!
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kristys3girls
04/14/11
I use my washer water to water my flower beds and since i use 7th generation i know it's safe for my grey water system.
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ValerieBrady
04/13/11
We are trying to limit our use of plastics: bags, ziplock bags, storage containers, water bottles, etc...
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lindajune
04/13/11
I try to purchase as much organic and locally grown/produced food as possible and shop using reusable bags.
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anneandoreo
04/12/11
EVeryday I try to consume less...less shopping, less energy used. And when I do need to make a purchase, I try to choose the least amount of packaging possible. Another bonus with shopping less is that I'm saving a lot of money! It's a win-win deal.
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abhoward91
04/11/11
I don't wash my clothes in warm / hot water anymore (I haven't for a long time). I also don't allow any lights, TV's, etc. to be on if we are not in the room and I keep my heat turned way low (I just use an extra blanket). Not only do I save tons of money, but I'm helping the enviornment too!!!
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Hannah Naito
04/10/11
I try to unplug every appliance that doesn't otherwise need to be plugged in all the time.