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10 simple things you can do every day to show our planet some love

This planet been pretty good to us, so why not love it back this Earth Day? Try a few of these little changes, which can add up to a big difference – no huge compost pile or down payment on a Prius required. (Although those things are cool, too!)

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Ditch the bottled water.

Tap water means no wasted plastic – or money.

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Dim your screens.

Computers and tablets are energy-eaters, and their bright screens are a big reason why.

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Drink local beer.

Your fave craft brew has a lower carbon footprint because there’s less transport involved.

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Love your travel mug.

Less paper or Styrofoam waste, plus they keep hot drinks hot longer!

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Cancel paper bank statements and bills.

If you’re already paying online, they’re probably a nuisance anyway.

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Buy gently used clothes.

Clothing waste is a big issue. Plus, with so many options in town and online, you can rock great style for less.

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Air dry clothes when you can.

You’ll save energy and protect your most delicate threads.

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Commit to reusable grocery bags.

Keep forgetting? Stow ‘em in your trunk or by the front door. No more plastic bag collection!

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Skip the straw in your drink.

They’re so light, they often end up in oceans or ecosystems instead of the trash

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If you can’t walk, bike, or take public transit, at least slow down.

Going 60 mph instead of 70 can save you up to 4 miles per gallon.

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