In honor of Earth Day, here are five simple things you can do to make a positive impact on the environment.
- BYOB – Bring your own bag to the supermarket. One large reusable bag can eliminate as many as five plastic bags. The average family will acquire 60 plastic bags in only four trips to the grocery store, adding to the United States’ roughly 100 billion plastic bags used a year.
- Reduce – Purchase a refillable water bottle or travel coffee mug to keep excess waste out of land fills. Also, try to reduce containers such as water bottles and plastic food containers. It takes 1.5 million barrels of oil per year just to make America’s water bottles.
- Conserve – Leaky faucets waste thousands of gallons of water a year, not to mention money down the drain. A faucet which drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water each year!
- Compost – Rather than spending $3 per bag for leaves and lawn clippings, compost them. By leaving grass clippings and setting other yard materials aside, landfill space is saved, and important nutrients are re-introduced into your garden. If composting is not an option aim for mulching lawnmower blades.
- Turn off or Unplug – Turn off lights and TV’s when you leave a room. Why light a room that no one is occupying? When electronics such as DVD players and microwaves are not in use, consider unplugging them. Some consume electricity even in the off mode.
Also, check out Delta’s industry-leading recycling program and learn more about how to offset your carbon emissions. In just one year, our customers have helped us raise enough funds to plant 102,065 trees that are expected to trap enough CO2 to offset the carbon footprint of more than 2,900 Americans for one year.
When purchasing a ticket at delta.com you can choose to contribute $5.50 for domestic round-trip flights or $11 for international round-trip flights. For every $5.50 contributed, the Fund will plant one tree in a protected park or national wildlife refuge. Next month, we’ll plant trees on behalf of our passengers at Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge in Kansas.
What simple things do you do to care for our environment?