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Earth Day starts at your home

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:04 a.m. CST

There are plenty of ways you can make every day Earth Day. Improve your own small part of the planet by considering these suggestions for springtime projects.

Buy nontoxic cleaning products. Use natural fiber sponges and cleaning agents that are biodegradable, phosphate-free, chlorine-free and unscented. Reduce paper use. Use rags instead of paper towels and cloth napkins. Buy post-consumer recycled paper and recycle it when you’ve used it. Refurbish responsibly. Use water-based or vegetable-based paints, stains and varnishes.

Don’t wash paint thinners, household cleaners, oil or pesticides down the drain or pour them on the ground; use them up, give leftovers to friends or a charity, or dispose of them at your local toxic waste disposal center. Repair instead of replace. Reupholster furniture. Resole your shoes. Replace disposable goods with renewable ones. Buy rechargeable batteries. Use dishes instead of paper plates. 

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Source: Environmental Defenders of McHenry County

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