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Making Everyday Earth Day

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Earth Day is coming up on April 22 this year and while being environmentally conscious one day per year is an improvement for many, saving our planet might take a bit more than that. We’ve already covered one subtle way to reduce the use of plastics in our Microbead Free Beauty story, but here are some more ways you can reduce your environmental impact.
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Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Earth Hour occurred just weeks ago, so it shouldn’t bear repeating that turning off lights and unplugging chargers when they aren’t in use is a painless way to save energy. But with reports suggesting that Canadian participation in Earth Hour is waning, we feel compelled to remind everyone of possibly the easiest way to reduce electricity use. toronto_grad_hero_new_short With summer right around the corner, outdoor activities are becoming a more realistic exercise solution. This summer, replace both the gym and your car with a bike. Most of us know that driving is not environmentally friendly, but not many people consider the effect your gym membership is having. Half an hour on the treadmill at the gym produces 448 grams of CO2 emissions compared to 78 grams from a 30 minute outdoor biking session (which comes from the excess food needed to power a bike and all the necessary maintenance required to keep a bike up and running).
Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Sometimes our eyes are bigger than our stomach and we’ve all under estimated exactly how much pasta or rice we are actually boiling. While just an honest mistake, Canada is said to waste $31 billion dollars a year on food and when considering the massive CO2 emissions of food manufacturing (especially in the meat and dairy industries), the impact of that on the environment is a huge contributor to global warming. The impact these absentminded actions have on the environment (and your wallet) is probably much bigger than you realize and amending your actions could be as easy as turning off a light switch or having leftovers for lunch. Just some food for thought. By Lindsay Cooper

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