We indulge in chocolates and roses on Valentine's Day, pamper our parents on Mother's Day and Father's Day and even take a day off on President's Day; but when it comes to late-winter and spring holidays, Earth Day always seems to get overlooked. It hardly seems right not to observe a day dedicated to the planet the provides everything for us, so this year, we want to change that!
Jiffy Steamer has always taken pride in offering an eco-friendly product and taking green measures in the manufacturing process of our steamers. We've even been recognized as a green cleaning tool and have implemented a recycling initiative to decrease landfill waste. Doing right by our planet matters to us - and it's becoming increasingly important for everyone to do their part. So, we decided to put together a list of simple things you can do for our environment this upcoming Earth Day (or any day!).
Invest In Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
Eco-friendly cleaning products are not only better for the environment, they're better for your health, too. Chemicals in most cleaning products are bad for your home's air quality and can make pets and children sick. Plus, they're just plain bad for the planet. If you have a Jiffy Steamer, you can use it to tackle everything from hard surface cleaning in your kitchen and bathrooms to steaming drapes to refreshing your furniture's upholstery and more, all without any need for chemicals cleaners!
Ditch The Single-Use Plastics
Single-use plastics (aka disposable plastics) are one of the biggest sources of waste in America. Even worse, most plastics are not biodegradable and cannot be recycled. There are so many easy ways to reduce your usage of plastics; plastic grocery bags, water bottles, cutlery, straws, cups and more can all be easily replaced by reusable items or bamboo alternatives!
Unplug and Power Down
This Earth Day, take the opportunity to disconnect from your electronics. Unplug the TV for the day, stay off your devices as much as you can so you don't need to charge them, turn off the lights you're not using and avoid using any appliances that aren't absolutely necessary. Instead of using gallons of water and tons of energy on laundry, use your clothes steamer to freshen any items that can be re-worn before washing. Our gentle-ingredient Steam Sprays can give them that fresh-from-the-dryer scent.
If you're wondering what to do with your time now that you're not watching TV or playing with your devices, we've got the perfect solution. Get outside and grow something! Starting a garden is the perfect first step towards a more sustainable lifestyle, particularly if you choose plants that don't require much watering. If you don't have the time or space for a full garden, try a small herb garden, or consider donating to a tree planting program.
Up Your Recycling Game
Reduce, reuse, recycle! This is one of the easiest ways that anybody can make a big difference. Before we implemented our own recycling initiative in 2007, we saw 16 yards of landfill waste leaving the Jiffy plant every week. Now, that number is down to 6 yards per week! We've reduced our waste by literally hundreds of tons.
If you don't already recycle in your home or office, research what you can recycle in your area and put a plan in place. If you do recycle, good for you! Consider taking it a step farther by segmenting your recycling into paper, glass and plastics, or composting. Whether you're just starting or upping your game, these tips can help you take your recycling efforts from zero to eco-friendly hero.
There you have it! Five easy things you can do to help the Earth this spring. Earth Day may not be until April, but why wait? There's never a bad time to go green.