Each year millions of people make a pledge on April 22nd to do their part and help leave the earth more inhabitable for future generations. This year marks the 44th celebration of Earth Day and as it gets closer, we thought we’d share a few ideas on how you can become more green…

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Reduce – There is an easy way to reduce the amount of cleaning products you use, no matter if it’s for house cleaning, laundry, or bath products. By installing a water softener, like the ones made by Harvey Water Softeners, you can reduce the amount of soaps used by as much as 50%. When water is softer, shampoo will lather easier, laundry detergent can penetrate clothing faster, and dish soap solvents bond with the grease on your dirty dishes quicker. A water softener means that not only will you use less soap but your water consumption will go down, saving your pocket book as well as the environment.

Reuse – Purchasing “green” cleaners are better for the environment, but you don’t have to toss them in the recycling bins when emptied. Simply refill the spray bottle with two parts water and one part vinegar to create a new cleaning solution. Less bottles being bought equals less bottles being produced which, in turn, results in less petrol being used.

Recycle – Purchasing products that are meant for the recycling bin is a major step towards leaving the earth clean than you found it. By spending a few extra moments reading the labels can ensure you aren’t bringing home containers that can only be tossed in the trash. And if you’re feeling extra motivated, see what you can do on a city level. Does your city have a curb-side recycling program? If not, start lobbying the city council to integrate one into your town’s waste management program. Are there recycling bins downtown? See if the town will add them next to all of the public trashcans.

What do you do to celebrate Earth Day? Will your family be making any changes this year to help save the planet?

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