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Small Actions Add Up – Observing Earth Day
Posted on April 1, 2021 7:02 AM by Alison Douglas
Categories: Life in New Town
April may be our time to turn our focus to the environment with Earth day observed on 22 April.  It’s a good time to do your bit as well as to involve the family in how they can make a difference too.  Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection.  Founded in 1970, it is the largest secular observance in the world and is marked by a billion people every year as a day of action.  

 
Here are 10 ideas for the difference you can make.  
 
Pick up some litter – James City County has a limited number of litter loan kits available.  Option 1 includes litter grabbers, trash collection bags, orange safety vests and gloves.  Option 2 includes all the above plus a should bags.  For more information, please contact Peg Boarman at (757) 565 0032 or the Office of Sustainability at (757) 259 5375.  
 
Buy a bag for Life – plastic bags are posing a huge threat to wildlife, especially marine wildlife.
 
Go meat-free for a day or a week and expand your cooking repertoire – our love of meat, especially beef, uses up a lot of land, water and produces greenhouse gases. Switching to a meat-free option for a short and frequent period may help.   
 
Go microbead-free – microbeads are tiny beads of plastic that are in many cosmetics, face washes and toothpaste that end up in the oceans and enter the foodchain. Next time you buy cosmetics, check the label first.
 
Walk or ride a bike rather than take the car. Walking and cycling is good for your health as well as the environment.  
 
Give up chewing gum – It is made from synthetic rubber and 100,000 tonnes of this plastic is thrown away every year.  Reducing or cutting out chewing gum altogether will make a difference.  
 
Shop at local farmers markets – it’s a great way to support local businesses and support the environment.  They tend to use less packaging and products are grown or made locally so transport distances are short.
 
Buy a reusable water bottle– billions of plastic bottles are sold every year, so re-using a bottle means we can reduce the amount of plastic we throw away.
 
Make the switch from using plastic straws – bamboo, silicone or even metal straws are a good alternative to the plastic option.  
 
Spread the word – These are just some starter ideas, so if you have good suggestions, why not share them in the comments section.
 
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