In 1969, Senator Gaylord Nelson proposed Earth Day at a UNESCO Conference. Senator Nelson set out to raise awareness about environmental issues affecting the world, and wanted them to be discussed at the state and federal level. On April 22, 1970, Earth Day was officially declared a United States holiday – and over 20 million people celebrated on the first Earth Day.
Today, Earth Day is a globally celebrated holiday that encourages people to think about how their decisions affect the environment. Below are some fun facts about Earth Day, and a few tips about how you can live more eco-friendly.
6 Fun Facts about Earth Day
1 – On the first Earth Day in the U.S., 2,000 colleges and universities participated along with 10,000 primary and secondary schools.
2 – Recycling something typically saves 3 - 5 times the energy that a waste incinerator facility would need to process it.
3 – Earth Day went international in 1990. Today, it is the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated by more than one billion people worldwide.
4 – On Earth Day 2012, more than 100,000 people rode bikes in China to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel.
5 – In Afghanistan, more than 28 million trees were planted as a way to celebrate Earth Day in 2011.
6 – It only takes about 6 weeks total to manufacture, fill, sell, recycle, and then remanufacture an aluminum can. The energy created by a recycled can is enough to let you listen to a full album on your iPod.
How You can Help
There are numerous ways that you can reduce your carbon footprint. From installing solar panels on your roof, to recycling rainwater, some of these options can be effective but expensive. Below are a few quick – and cheap – ways that you can live more eco-friendly.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 75% of waste produced in America is recyclable, yet we only recycle about 30% of it. That’s crazy! Remember to recycle glass, cardboard, plastics, and aluminum cans. Before recycling, make sure to wash it clean of any food waste.
Walk or Bike to Work
Here’s a fun one: if you don’t use your car for just two days per week for an entire year, you’ll reduce the amount of greenhouse gas you would otherwise produce by 1,590 lbs.! That’s a drastic improvement for such a small sacrifice. If you can’t walk or bike to work, look for public transportation, or think about carpooling with coworkers.
Use Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
Did you know that energy-efficient light bulbs use two-thirds less energy than a standard bulb? Compact fluorescent bulbs also last ten times longer, and come in a variety of sizes that fit most sockets. If you’re shopping for energy-efficient light bulbs, we suggest looking for something with the ENERGY STAR seal on it. These products have been tested and approved by the EPA, which means that they actually work.
Holistic Hemp’s Products are Eco-Friendly
We support efforts that take action to improve the health of our earth, and we believe in operating a green company. Because we love Earth Day so much, we’ve decided to offer 20% off of your entire purchase through the End of Earth Day.
Visit our shop for more details on how you can save on all of our products now through Earth Day.