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In Honor of Earth Day (April 22) - Here are Five Ways You can be More Kind to the Earth

Happy Earth Month! Caring for our planet doesn’t have to be complicated -- there are a variety of steps you can take to make our world a better place. To celebrate our beautiful planet, we’ve rounded up five simple ways to be kind to the earth.

Reduce Plastic Use

Did you know that by 2050 there will be more plastics in the ocean than fish? Curious how you can help? -- start reducing your plastic consumption! Remember your reusable shopping bags; trade in plastic straws for paper, or better yet, metal; and opt for real cutlery and dishware instead of the throw-away stuff when you pack your own lunch.

Bike, Walk or Carpool to Work

According to the EPA, a typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. To put that into perspective, one metric ton is about 2,205 pounds. Biking, walking or even carpooling means less cars on the road, which means a happier planet. An added bonus? Think of all the money you’ll save on gas!

Conserve Electricity

When we think of greenhouse gasses, the first thing that comes to mind might be transportation, but household electricity also contributes to our emissions. There are loads of simple ways that you can conserve electricity without making drastic changes. Try energy efficient light bulbs and household appliances, insulate your home to reduce heating and cooling output, and unplug unused electronics.

Plant a Tree

Not only do trees release oxygen into the air, they store carbon dioxide; according to the Arbor Day Foundation, in one year a mature tree will absorb more than 48 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Trees do so much more than just clean our air, they help reduce electricity costs by providing shade, offer homes to thousands of species, and make humans happy.

Start a Beach or Park Clean Up

Sure, we all want beautiful public spaces to spend time in, but have you considered how a clean-up initiative can help? According to earthday.org, 236,000 metric tons of microplastics are thrown into our oceans. Look for litter, both big and small, and throw it out appropriately so it doesn’t damage our planet.

If YOU decide to take any step - big or small - to show kindness to the earth, be sure to track it in your kindpoints app so we can all see it and celebrate with you!

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