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21 April 2009

Earth Day Green Tips

Today is Earth Day. First, I would like to share some photographs of the beauty of our magnificent planet to remind us all of what it is we are protecting.

Morning Mist

Horsetooth Reflections

Ruby Jewel Valley

Making environmentally friendly decisions does not mean having to change your entire lifestyle. Start simple, and stick to small changes that, when continued on a regular basis, can have a huge positive impact on the environment.

Here are a few environmentally friendly ideas I'd like to share.

Since Mother's Day is just around the corner consider using a reusable tote bag instead of wrapping your Mother's Day gift in gift wrap. You can even personalize a tote bag and it becomes part of the gift. Check out this idea for a Mother's Day Tote. Here are some more Ecofriendly Office & Craft Products from Avery.

Stop buying water at the grocery and fill your own bottle with filtered tap water. If you found FilterForGood then you are already aware of the harmful effects bottled water has on our environment. Choose the greener solution by using a reusable bottle, and fill it with filtered tap water. You will save money and help the environment too.

Alternative energy can provide new jobs and help the fight against global warming. Contact your local utility company about alternative energy options for powering your home like wind power, landfill gas, biomass, and low-impact hydropower. If local companies do not offer any of these green alternatives, then consider purchasing carbon offsets to reduce your overall eco-impact. Check out a list of providers at the Green Power website maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency.

When I moved into my solar powered home ten years ago I was forced to take the plunge with compact fluorescent bulbs because they are so energy efficient. The energy savings has been enormous. And after ten years I have only replaced two bulbs, one was defective. Buy compact fluorescent light bulbs. You'll find more on energy-efficient products and practices at Energy Star.

Finally shop smart when you can. I have found that many environmentally friendly products actually work better than the old traditional ones and they sure do smell better too! You can start here at Greener Choices.


  1. Beautiful photo, I love this place

  2. Julie - Beautiful photos and wonderful suggestions. Happy Earth Day!
    Peace, Judi

  3. fantastic post julie! wonderful tips! i have so much to learn from you about everything! :)
    and stunning photos as usual!! :)
    happy earth day! :)


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