While our earth should be celebrated everyday, there is one special day every year that is celebrated in over 192 countries and by over one billion people, April 22, Earth Day. This day was originally created as a way of bringing millions of Americans together in the sunshine for peaceful demonstrations in favor of environmental reform. As Earth Day gained popularity over time, the event began to expand and is now celebrated for the entire week, and in some places, the entire month of April.
We can all do things to make a difference, both individually and as members of our communities. Many areas have community or beach clean-ups, or tree-planting events scheduled around Earth Day. (Don't forget to wear your BRUSH ON BLOCK® Mineral Powder Sunscreen SPF 30!) By taking action, you can be the change you would like to see in the world. It just takes a few small, easy steps in the right direction.
As an individual, try to keep the slogan "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" always in mind. Remember the first word is Reduce. Reduce the amount of single-use items you use by bringing your own bags, reusable drink and food containers and cutlery. Reuse is the second step. Reuse boxes and packing materials, and packaged food containers. Give outgrown children's clothing to friends with smaller children, give unused adult clothing to homeless shelters. And finally, Recycle. Recycle all paper metal, glass and plastic that you are finished using. Be sure to keep a copy of your community's recycling guidelines near your recycling area because including an item in the bin that your community cannot accept for recycling can mean that a whole truckload of recycling ends up as trash. When in doubt, leave it out.
Reducing single-use materials has the biggest impact of any of the three steps. By reducing the amount of plastic consumed in the form of bags, food containers and straws, we can save thousands of pounds of unnecessary waste. By bringing your own reusable water bottle, coffee thermos or soda cup, you could save hundreds of plastic bottles from going into landfills, waterways, and ultimately, our oceans.
Remember, another way to keep a little plastic from landfills while helping your wallet out is to order a refill when your Brush On Block is empty. Just give the brush a nice wash and then attach a refill when it has thoroughly dried. You will be both REDUCING the amount of plastic you consume and REUSING your brush...Go You!
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