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5 Things to do today to celebrate Earth Day 2014

by Julie Bien

April 22, 2014 | 1:28 pm

All photos via shutterstock.com

1. Recycle your old clothing and books by donating them to a Goodwill or Salvation Army store. Not only do you get a tax deduction for the donation, but you keep bulky items out of landfills AND you help others by providing affordable, gently used goods.

2. Reduce packaged food waste by buying things like flour, sugar, grains and dried beans in bulk. Try to use reusable containers to transport the goods from the store to your home. Want to know an added bonus? Buying in bulk is almost always cheaper per pound.

3. Reuse things like glass jars for storing dry goods and leftovers. They're easy to clean and last a long time. They also don't leach weird plastic chemicals into your food like some tupperware containers do.

4. Pick up litter if you see it on the street. In the United States, we're lucky enough to have lots of public trash cans. If you see trash on the ground, pick it up and throw it away. It might not be your trash, but it IS your earth.

5.  Freecycle! Moving soon? Want a new coffee table? Check out freecycle, a website that creates community-based bulletins about stuff people want to get rid of (like that couch that the trash company refuses to pick-up) and where you can find something you need (like that couch you don't want to spend $300 on). And it's all free! You just have to work out transporting the goods with the other freecycler.

Want more ways to help the environment? 

25 easy ways to conserve water in a drought.

Learn how to make non-toxic, affordable cleaning supplies

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