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Since 1970, Americans have mobilized on April 22 to celebrate Earth Day by promoting and building awareness for a cleaner atmosphere, a protected environment and a more eco-conscious society. How do you traditionally spend this day? If you’re looking for ways to use your green thumb and better your community and home, check out these tips:

Plant a tree – Planting trees helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cleanse pollution. Just make sure to pick a tree that’ll survive in your climate.

Plant wildflowers – Celebrate where you live by planting flowers that are native to your area. If you’re feeling ambitious, you could even help launch a community garden!

Reduce, reuse and recycle all day long – Use reusable bags at the grocery store, take a drink container to work and forego the disposable plates or utensils.

Donate items – Do a little spring cleaning in your home and collect things you don’t need anymore. Instead of tossing out old clothes or toys, promote recycling by donating items to a local charity.

Clean up litter around your neighborhood or workplace – Take a few minutes to scan your neighborhood, roadways or work environment for trash.

Get your kids involved – Encourage your children to adopt all these environmentally friendly habits to use every day.You don’t need to limit your good habits to one day, but instead commit to practicing environmentally conscious actions daily. Recycling, hybrid cars, using rechargeable batteries, and donating instead of giving away are a few ways people are trying to live a more energy-efficient life. Consider the permanent changes you could make in the comfort of your very own home.

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