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Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection and to highlight the importance and conseqeunces of our actions. Kids are often the biggest proponents of the 3 R's (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle). Here are our top 5 tips that ALL families can do to help save our planet!

Use Reusable bags

The average reusable bag has a lifespan equal to that of more than 700 disposable plastic bags.
The cost to recycle plastic bags outweighs their value, so most recycling facilities will not take them. Instead of being recycled, they are thrown out with the rest of the trash.
Due to their light weight, plastic bags in landfills don’t always stay there. They are likely to fly away and can settle in trees, block storm drains, and clutter beaches.
An estimated one million birds, 100,000 turtles, and countless other sea animals die each year from ingesting plastic.

Switch to Bamboo Toothbrushes

Over 2 BILLION plastic toothbrushes are used worldwide every year.
Every plastic toothbrush that you have ever used is still on this planet and will take over 1000 years to degrade.
You can throw your bamboo toothbrush in the compost and it will biodegrade within 6 months.
Bamboo is extremely fast-growing, abundant and sustainable material.

Be a Responsible Shopper

Shop at thrift stores and second hand stores for recyled items.
Shop stores who are environmentally conscious and use fair trade practices.
Shop LESS! (do you really need another t-shirt or pair of shoes?)

Eco-friendly laundry tips

Use cold water
Hand wash certain items
Hang to dry when possible (sunlight is a powerful and cheap energy source)
Use eco-friendly detergent
Only wash items when needed (not necessarily after every use)

Ban Bottled Water

In Ontario alone, one billion plastic water bottles are sent to landfill every year.
Tap water is strictly regulated by Health Canada and the provinces and territories, whereas bottled water is not.
Bottled water can cost anywhere from a few nickels for a 500 ml bottle of house brand in bulk, to a couple loonies for a high-end brand. Tap water, on the other hand, costs tenths of a cent per litre.

and to quote an article in the Globe and Mail: "The truth is, to drink the bottled stuff when one has access to clean tap water is simply indefensible – financially unsound, environmentally wasteful and just plain wrong."

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