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Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to reevaluate your commitment to the earth. Small lifestyle changes can make a big difference. We try to honor Earth Day all year at our house; we reduce, reuse and recycle in every way possible. If you are interested in celebrating Earth Day everyday, here are a few eco-friendly suggestions.

Eat One Vegetarian Meal Per Week

Reduce meat consumption; eat one vegetarian meal per week. This is an easy way to positively impact your health and the health of the earth. An international organization connected with the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future promotes 'Meatless Monday' as a way to encourage people to begin each week in a constructive and green way. If you chose to take this eco-friendly step, the internet is a rich resource for vegetarian recipes. Additionally, most restaurants offer at least one vegetarian menu option.

Compost and Use Kitchen Scraps In Your Garden

Compost is an excellent for your flowers and for the earth. Garden soil amended with compost gives new flowers a healthy boost. And a top dressing of compost in an established garden helps the flowers bloom longer. If you are not inclined to start a compost pile on Earth Day, however, there are other ways to put kitchen waste to good use in your flower garden. Hot pepper scraps make an eco-friendly insect repellent spray. Eggshells and old milk also have many uses in the garden. Check supporting links below for details.

Conserve Water In the Bathroom

Studies show that water consumption is at its highest, and continuing to grow. One eco-friendly step to take on Earth Day is water conservation. In the USA, the water demand is rapidly outstripping the water supply. Everyone can do their part to reverse this trend. Evaluate the water consumption in your own bathroom and take steps to preserve this precious resource now and for future generations. The link below leads to specific suggestions on how to conserve water in our own bathrooms.

Pick Up Your Dog's Poop

Dog poop is damaging to the environment. In fact, dog excrement is classified as a pollutant by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). When your dog's feces are left on the ground, the pollutant can wash into our water systems and contaminate streams and rivers with harmful bacteria. If you don't already, make an Earth Day commitment to clean up after your dog. Take pride in your community and your planet. This one eco-friendly action shows consideration for others as well as for the earth.

Host a Green Wine Tasting Party

Celebrate Earth Day in style; host a green wine tasting party. Green living means making responsible choices and a wine party - or any type of party - is a fine opportunity to communicate your eco-friendly choices. For green party planning ideas and suggestions, click on the supporting link.

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  • hummingbirdee 3/7/2011

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    Here's another H5! Great article on Earth Day.

  • Snakesmom 3/7/2011

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    I love Earth Day!! H5!

  • snowfence 3/7/2011

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    Awesome article on honoring Earth on Earth Day. High Five!

  • UponRequest 3/6/2011

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    Love this list!! Simple ideas we can all incorporate. High5

  • ElaineChastain 2/26/2011

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    Love Earth Day and our earth. These are all really great ways to celebrate. Meatless Mondays is a hard one though, hubby is a true carnivore.

  • goodselfme 2/26/2011

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    Great list for the people, the earth and mankind in general to honor Earth Day.

  • AkbarTheTentmaker 2/25/2011

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    Vermicomposting is easy to learn and fun to do. Give them red wigglers a job.

  • StrawberryTech 2/25/2011

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    Where is the appropriate place to put dog poop? I don't have a dog but I guess I thought that people with yards just had a place in the yard they put it? I know in the city it goes in the trash, but I'm curious to hear what is recommended because I know that adds plastic to the mix too.

    Great recommendations!

  • cyndia 2/25/2011

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    Let's see...
    #5 - I'm on it!! Any excuse to drink wine is fine
    with me!
    #4 - Not an issue here. I am currently dog-less
    so no poochie-poop in the ground water!
    #3 - I'll have to admit, I don't pay much
    attention to personal water consumption.
    I haven't been on public water since 1997.
    Having a well and septic system has its
    advantages and its drawbacks, but if I run
    out of water, it only affects me. (And is
    totally my fault!)
    #2 - Been doing this for years...LOVE my fresh
    veggies and home canned toms for the winter!
    #1 - Ouch!...Being a confirmed carnivore, this
    one's a toughie. Does it count if I kill
    and eat my own meat? (and keep another deer
    from wrecking your car?)

  • Thorgrym 2/25/2011

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    Composting rocks! I have cut down on how much 'waste' is produced by our household by simply sending most of my kitchen waste to the compost bin.

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