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Celebrating Earth Day? Here Are 10 Simple Tips To Reduce Your Footprint

Celebrating Earth Day? Here Are 10 Simple Tips To Reduce Your Footprint
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We've all been told to take certain actions to save the planet: recycle what you can, only fill up your gas tank early in the morning or later in the evening, don’t take your private jet across the city of L.A.… 😉 It’s easy (and understandable) to feel frustrated because it seems like your efforts are ineffective.

If you're tired of the same old advice that doesn't seem to make a real impact, it's time to explore practical ways to reduce your ecological footprint and make a meaningful difference. We have simple yet powerful strategies that can truly help in saving our planet.

By listening to the episode, you'll gain valuable insights into sustainable living from a non-expert's point of view, while also discovering practical tips that can be easily implemented in your daily life. Jenny's relatable approach and wealth of knowledge make this episode a must-listen for anyone interested in making a positive impact on the planet.

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Discover simple yet impactful ways to reduce your ecological footprint.

  • Uncover the benefits of planting native species for a sustainable environment.

  • Learn how to create your own eco-friendly weed killer with simple DIY ingredients.

  • Explore practical tips for reducing food waste at home and living more sustainably.

  • Understand the impact of using revolving doors on energy saving and environmental conservation.


Jenny GK, a passionate advocate for all things Earth Day, shares insightful tips and tricks on reducing our ecological footprint. With a keen interest in environmental conservation, Jenny brings a fresh perspective to the conversation, making eco-friendly practices accessible and achievable for everyone. Her practical approach and wealth of knowledge make her a valuable resource for those looking to make a positive impact on the planet. And Caitlin adds color. 🙂

Simple Eco-Friendly Actions

In the episode, we discussed practical tips for saving the planet through simple eco-friendly actions that individuals can easily incorporate into their daily routines. These tips included carrying reusable utensils, avoiding paper cups with wax linings, and considering plant-based diets to reduce environmental impact. Our goal? To show listeners that small changes can make a significant difference in sustainability efforts.

Like Planting Native Species...

Jenny GK introduced the concept of planting native species as a way to support biodiversity and ensure resilience in local ecosystems. By highlighting the benefits of native plants, such as their ability to thrive in specific environments and support local wildlife, she emphasized the importance of sustainable gardening practices. Planting native species not only helps the planet but also promotes a more balanced and harmonious natural environment.

And using this DIY Eco-Friendly Weed Killer...

We discussed making homemade weed killer as an eco-friendly alternative to commercial products that may harm the environment. We encourage our listeners to opt for greener options when maintaining their gardens. This DIY approach exemplifies our commitment to promoting sustainable living practices and minimizing the use of harmful chemicals.

The recipe?

  • 1 gallon of vinegar

  • 2 cups of Epsom salt

  • ½ cup of Dawn dish soap

Courtesy of the Sierra Club

Can help you reduce your footprint.

More Earth Day Tips

  • Avoid paper cups whenever possible! Bring your own travel mug to Starbies, ask for a for-here cup, use your fave emotional-support reusable water bottle… Hosting a party? Invest in reusable plastic cups that will last for years.

  • Carry your own utensils.

  • Eat more plants… and less meat... because farming plants uses less energy and creates less pollution than farming animals.

  • Do a food waste audit to see how much you actually throw away each week. Invest in a compost bin and bags if your city offers the service.

  • Learn from Color Cycle: crayola’s crayon recycling program that had great intentions, but wasn't actually sustainable due to the costs associated with shipping and recycling the products. Assess your current procedures to see if they're actually making an impact.

  • Use the revolving door, because it actually does conserve energy! In 2006, a team of graduate students at MIT found that swinging doors allowed as much as eight times more air to pass through the building than the revolving door.

  • Paint the mountains white? Eduardo Gold, one of the 26 winners from about 1,700 submissions in the “100 Ideas to Save the Planet” competition that was held in 2009, is leading the charge to return a corner of the Peruvian Andes to its former color by painting it white. The idea is that the white mountain tops will reflect sunlight back into space as opposed to it being absorbed into the earth. Maybe look into cities that have painted asphalt white or consider lighter color roofing next time you have to re-roof your home.

  • Don’t throw it away! Use your neighborhood Buy Nothing group on NextDoor or Facebook to get rid of items that can still be used by others.


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