22 April is Earth Day: Everyday household tips to save our planet

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22 April is Earth Day and we give you some simple tips to incorporate into your everyday lifestyle to save the planet and make sure there's a future for your children...

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22 April is Earth Day and we give you some simple tips to incorporate into your everyday lifestyle to save the planet and make sure there's a future for your children...

You can celebrate Earth Day and do your bit to sustain the earth by:

1.  Not using disposable plastic

Help end our obsession with plastic and protect the environment. Take the pledge to stop using disposable plastic.

2.  Composting

More than a billion pounds (R17 billion+) of food is thrown away every year. Help make a difference by turning your food waste into soil.

3.  Planting trees

Trees 'inhale' carbon dioxide and 'exhale' oxygen, thus filtering and cleaning the air of the excess carbon dioxide that humans generate.

Deforestation contributes to species extinction, poverty, and is responsible for up to 15% of the global greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change. Planting trees is one of the easiest and most important ways to fight climate change.

4.  Giving up or eating less meat and dairy produce

The meat and dairy industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Help make a difference by reducing your meat and dairy consumption. You'll be healthier for it too!

5.  Buying local and seasonal produce

Eat more healthily and help reduce your carbon footprint by buying local and seasonal produce grown in your region or country.

6.  Recycling e-waste

Every year, thousands of old electronic devices are thrown into landfills, polluting the environment, when it's possible for them to be recycled. Pledge to recycle your e-waste.

7.  Ending junk mail

Junk mail is not only a major inconvenience; it also has an extremely negative impact on the environment. Help reduce the amount of junk mail you receive by opting out of subscriptions and removing yourself from databases that aren’t relevant to you.