Happy Earth Day! Is your city/town, school or workplace holding any special events today? I'll admit, I don't know of any events near me, but I am sure there are plenty. You can check out the Earth Day Network to find out more if you'd like.
I'll also admit that we're certainly not the greenest we can be, however I am trying to make small changes in our day-to-day lives. After all, every little bit counts.
I've been using my Re-Usies quite a bit lately. I reviewed these reusable bags for the blog two years ago - and have since purchased a few more for myself, as well as some for gifts - however, it wasn't until this year that I really started to use them. In fact, I'm using at least one nearly every day when packing my lunch. Not only am I saving money on disposable snack and sandwich bags, but I feel like I'm doing a little to help the environment and my lunch has a little flare to it (I have a set of the uber cute Aarrff! bags that I adore). And the 100% cotton bags are super easy to clean too. When I linked their site just now, I noticed they have quite a few fun, new prints too. Check them out... not only are they great for human snacks, they make great on-the-go dog treat bags as well!
Another little thing I'm doing lately is trying to reduce my energy consumption. I will admit that I still leave the television on all day for the dogs while we're at work, however I'm working hard at being more cautious of leaving lights on, having the heat or air conditioning up too high (our entire house is run on electric, so this is not only earth friendly, but a huge money saver), unplugging rarely used appliances, etc. During a typical winter, I have 2 rather expensive electric bills, but this winter I had five higher-than-normal bills that really put a crimp in the budget. Finding ways to reduce costs while still keeping warm (or cool as summer approaches) is important to me.
And, of course the dogs are always trying to be a little greener. You know, with self-fertilizing the lawn, digging up the weeds, barking at the birds (I'd like to think this is to prevent them from pooping on the cars, which reduces our carbon footprint by having to wash them less often)... And, all four quite enjoy when I turn that television off and we go outside and soak up the fresh air and sunshine.
What little things do you do in your normal daily routine to reduce your carbon footprint?