This year, Earth Day is Monday, April 22. It’s a great time to reflect and learn about ways you can help conserve resources, and start making moves towards a more eco-friendly lifestyle. So go out, get your hands dirty, and celebrate Earth Day in 2019!
Plant a Tree!
We all know that trees help filter carbon dioxide out of the environment and produce the air we breathe. But did you know that one tree produces nearly 260 pounds of oxygen every year? That might seem like a lot for just one tree, but it actually takes a whole acre of trees a year to produce enough oxygen for 18 people. In other words, more trees equal more air for humans and animals to breathe. If you want to do your part and plant a tree close to home, hop on your bike and make your way down to Harvey Park for their One Tree Planted volunteer event. Here, you’ll learn about habitat restoration in downtown Denver, all while mulching trees and removing invasive species in the park.
While plastic bags have yet to be banned in Denver, you might want to consider making the switch to reusable bags sooner rather than later. Apart from the obvious fact that reusable bags create less waste in our landfills and are better for the environment, they’re also stronger and less likely to break. Plus, reusable bags are easy to store in the trunk of your car, the basket of your bike, or in a backpack. Another easy and sustainable way to produce less trash is to pack your lunches in reusable containers. Ditch the plastic clamshells and bags and pack your salad in a jar. Jar salads are easy to make and great for meal prep. Plus, ingredients are more likely to stay fresh in the sealed environment. Get creative with salad toppings on your own, or follow a few simple instructions on how to make the ultimate jar salad.
No, we’re not going to tell you that taking shorter showers is the solution to all of the Earth’s problems. But, you can pick up a few simple habits to save a bit of H20, starting with turning off the sink when you’re brushing your teeth. This quick fix can save up to eight gallons of water per day, according to research done last year by the EPA. It seems easy, right? You might be surprised that one in three people leave the tap running while brushing their teeth. Another way to save water is by making sure that your apartment is leak-free. A leaky toilet is no joke and could be wasting 200 gallons of water or more every day. That’s almost 27 cubic feet of water, which is enough to fill a pretty large fish tank! If you live at TAVA and suspect you may have a leak, let us know!
Bike More. Drive Less.
This is pretty self-explanatory. On average, the United States uses about 391.71 million gallons of gas every single day. Save money and protect the earth by riding your bike or walking to work or the store. Walking or using other methods of transportation also means you’ll get your exercise in for the day before you even start your workday.
Swap With Friends
Instead of going out and buying new gear every season, plan a gear swap with friends! This is a great way to recycle used outdoor items from last season while also updating your collection. Plus, it’s free! You can donate items that don’t get claimed to arc Thrift Store – it’s only 3 miles away from TAVA Waters, and they donate proceeds to local charities.
Check out the rest of our blog for more ways to have fun, relax, and be eco-friendly with TAVA Waters!