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7 Easy Ways to Go Green
4/2/2018 10:41:24 PM
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Spring is here, and with the season comes dreams of a greener life. This month, we celebrate our commitment to our planet with Earth Day, April 22 and Arbor Day, April 27. If you need ideas to get involved, try these six easy ways to go green.

Hydroponic gardening is a sustainable method to grow produce without using soil. Instead, mineral nutrient solutions in water grow plants 30-50% faster than traditional gardening. This benefits the environment in many ways. It uses 90% less water than a traditional garden. There’s no need to use pesticides and herbicides, especially if you grow your garden indoors, which in turn provides you more oxygen. You lower your carbon footprint by not traveling to purchase your produce, and it requires less fuel and energy to grow. Hydroponic and indoor gardening options are available at stores such as Home Depot and Lowes. 

Planting trees can improve both our neighborhoods as well as the environment. Trees provide habitats and food for animals and birds. Trees filter our air, taking in harmful gases and releasing oxygen. One large tree can supply a day’s worth of oxygen for four people.

Clean up the beach. Friends of Laguna Atascosa is just one of many groups along the coast that manage the volunteer Adopt-A-Beach clean-up programs. On April 14, in honor of Earth Day, the organization invites volunteers to come out and help clean Holly Beach. Contact Nicole at nicolekstrom@gmail.com to register. Volunteers are advised to dress comfortably, wear closed-toed shoes, and bring sunscreen, hats, and bug repellant, as well as drinking water and a small snack. 

Shop at your local farmer’s market to reduce your carbon footprint, give you access to farm fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as put money back into your local economy. Bring your own recyclable grocery bags to eliminate the waste of plastic bags. Southwest Louisiana boasts a proud community of local farmers bearing produce, honey, jams, spices, wood works, soaps, and other commodities. Two of the most popular local markets are Charlestown behind 1911 Historic City Hall, 1001 Ryan St, Lake Charles, every Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and the Cash and Carry, 801 Enterprise Blvd., Tuesdays 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Recycling is key to protecting our environment. Team Green of SWLA collects plastics, paper, and aluminum at daily drop off locations – see above for locations, days, and times.  

Proper disposal of harmful products such as electronics, mercury (think old thermometers), used batteries, old chemistry sets, and fluorescent light tubes and bulbs is important. These items can be dropped off at 1132 West 18th St., Lake Charles every Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Drive your car less to use less energy and protect and conserve the planet’s resources. Other transportation options include walking, bike riding, and public transportation. Adjust your home thermostat higher in summer and lower in winter – even a degree or two makes a difference. Find ways to create less waste. Use both sides of a sheet of paper. Drink filtered tap water from reusable containers instead of disposable cups and bottles of water. Use cloth towels and napkins instead of paper.

If every citizen makes an effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle, we can collectively make positive changes in our environment.
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