OPEN THREAD: Celebrate Earth Day 2011

By Brooke Drake, April 19, 2011, Charity & Community, Green, News

Mark your calendars for this Friday, April 22 so you don’t miss out on Earth Day. You may have noticed that going “green” is on everyone’s minds these days – companies are building “greener” buildings, people all over seem to be adopting more eco-friendly practices.  But for some, finding where to begin being more earth-friendly can be overwhelming and challenging.  So, to help you start, here are some simple “green” tips to use not only on this Earth Day but for every day.

  • Tip #1. Switch to a stainless steel water bottle. According to One Million Acts of Green, plastic water bottles result “in as much as 1.5 million tons of plastic waste in landfills each year” and over 80% are thrown in the garbage instead of recycled.  So before you reach for the plastic water bottle, switch to a stainless steel water bottle instead.
  • Tip #2. Pay bills online.  Save the paper and opt to pay bills online.  Paperless billing not only saves trees, but saves on late fees and stamps too.
  • Tip #3. Wash laundry in cold water. Washing loads in hot water, is not as necessary as people once thought, especially with newer model machines (check out the Energy Star models). Plus, just by switching to cold water, it will save up to 90% in energy consumption per load.
  • Tip #4. Sign up for Green Energy. Choose a more environmentally friendly energy plan that uses energy from renewable sources like solar, wind, hydro, etc. Bounce Energy has a selection of Texas green energy plans so see if one is right for you.

If you’d like to celebrate Earth Day, here are a few events going on around Texas:


Earth Day Festival, Discovery Green
Saturday, April 23, 2011
3rd Annual Earth Day Festival is Houston’s Party for Our Planet, a free, daylong festival and Green Expo.

Dallas/Ft. Worth

Earth Day Dallas 2011, Dallas Arts District
April 22nd & 23rd, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Earth Day Dallas festival features two days of exhibits, a speaker series, short films, music, entertainment, food and fun for everyone.

Lake Travis Area

First Annual Earth Day, Emmaus Catholic Parish parking lot
Saturday, April 30, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
REsolve Group invites all Lake Travis area residents to our First Annual Earth Day Event! Bring your old computers, VCRs, speakers, etc. and leave the rest to us. It’s easy! Bring your electronics to the Emmaus Catholic Parish parking lot and pop your trunk – you won’t even have to get out of your car!

We want to hear from you! In honor of this “green” day, let us know what you’ll be doing on Earth Day.

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