Business & Personal By Kim Hegwood


Monday, April 22 is Earth Day, an annual event to support the protection of our environment. To celebrate Earth Day and do our part to be a little eco-friendlier, this week we’re taking a closer look at the three R’s of conservation: reduce, reuse, and recycle.




Reducing Plastic As A Family Is Easy. Here's How.

Plastic waste is a massive environmental threat. More plastic was produced in the last decade than the entire 20th century, and half of these new plastic products are thrown away after one use. Around 500 pounds of plastic waste are dumped into our oceans every second. The best way to help eliminate plastic waste? Find simple ways you and your family can use a little less plastic every day. This article from National Geographic can help.


Upcycling Is The New Recycling: Choose Reuse

Reusing is a huge part of being more environmentally friendly. If just 100 people stopped using paper cups every day and carried reusable cups or mugs, they would save 50,000 disposable cups a year. So much of what ends up in the landfill could be given a second life through donations, repairs, or a little creative repurposing. Here are some recourses to help make reusing a part of your daily life.


7 Ways To Be A Better Recycler

Imagine you’ve just finished a bottle of water. What do you do with the empty plastic bottle? You recycle it, of course! The EPA estimates 75 percent of Americans recycle regularly. However, while most plastic, single-use bottles can be recycled with ease, the twist-off cap and ring on the bottler aren’t recyclable. Because it takes extra effort to removes these, most bottles that arrive at the recycling center with the cap still on will be thrown in the trash! Recycling comes with the best of intentions, so let these tips help you become a better recycler.


Just For Fun: The Most Beautiful Places On The Planet

Earth Day is about learning how to take better care of our planet so it can be enjoyed by future generations. Check out some of the most beautiful natural and man-made places on planet Earth we’re fighting to protect.


Let’s do our part to enjoy a brighter, greener future,

Kim Hegwood

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