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Earth Day Fun Facts

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Earth Day is this Friday, April 22nd (Yah)! And although us Greenista Girls love to celebrate it every day, this day is especially close to our hearts. So do something nice for the planet today and spread the word with these Earth Day eco fun facts.

Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to watch a TV for three hours - it’s equivalent to half a gallon of gasoline.

Earth Day is a relatively new holiday and was first celebrated on April 22 in 1970. More than 20 million Americans participated in this first Earth Day celebration

Earth Day was founded by a senator of Wisconsin and the day is credited for creating the environmentalism movement.

April 22 is the first official day of Spring in the Northern hemisphere and of Fall in the Southern hemisphere and was chosen to be Earth Day for this reason.

Never underestimate the importance of recycling: if every newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees each year. Unfortunately only 27% of all American newspapers are recycled.

More than 20,000,000 Hershey’s Kisses are wrapped each day, using 133 square miles of tinfoil. All that foil is recyclable, but not many people realize it.

Only 11% of the earth’s surface is used to grow food.

The world’s first national park was started in 1872 at Yellowstone National Park in the US.

The first major international conference on environmental issues was held in Sweden in 1972 and was sponsored by the United Nations.

The first wildlife refuge was formed on Pelican Island Florida in 1903.

The patron Saint of ecologists is St. Francis and the first proclamation of Earth Day was made by the mayor of San Francisco in 1970.

Tell us how you’ll celebrate Earth Day on Facebook or Twitter.

Written by Greenista Girl Brianne
Image by Inhabitat
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Bonus Fact: A highlight of the annual Earth Day ceremony at the United Nations is the ringing of the Peace Bell that was given to the UN by Japan. It is made from coins given by school children to further peace on our planet.
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Each year, more than 8,000 tonnes of waste is generated just from Easter egg packaging and cards alone.
Apr
18

4 Ways to Green Your Easter

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The little Easter bunny is hopping closer and closer and as with every holiday there is excess waste. With Christmas it’s the wrapping paper, at Halloween it’s the costumes … so this upcoming, follow our 4 tips on how to have an eco-friendly Easter.

Organic Chocolate: Skip the name brand bars you’re used to and stock your Easter basket with organic chocolate. Not only will you not be ingesting pesticides, chemicals, and preservatives but you’ll also be supporting countries in which chocolate grows – most organic chocolate is also fair-trade, shade-grown, and part of the Rainforest Alliance. Our favorite brands are Green & Blacks and Newman’s Own.

Eco Easter Grass: Forgot that plastic Easter grass you still find 6 months later and instead fill your basket with old shredded paper or fabric. You can even grow some grass in a tin and use that as your “living” Easter basket.

DIY Dye: Food coloring is loaded with chemicals and can cause a myriad of illness. Although you’re not eating the eggs you dye, your hands are still coming in contact with it and the dye can leach into your skin and blood stream. Instead make your own dye from natural food items. Get the recipe for Easter egg dye.

Reusable Basket: Instead of that plastic basket that’s petroleum-based, use something that’s reusable or eco-friendly like a tote bag, bucket, or jute basket … the possibilities are endless. Get creative!

Tell us how you’ll green your Easter on Facebook or Twitter.

Written by Greenista Girl Brianne

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This year, for its annual Egg Roll, the White House is using wooden eggs that have been crafted in the United States from Forest Stewardship Council-certified hardwood.
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Smarty Pants: Top 6 Green Colleges

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Already contemplating on where to send your little greens off to college when the time comes? Check out these top green colleges that impress both academically and environmentally!

  • University of Colorado, Boulder - At the foot of the Rocky Mountains CU created the first student-directed recycling center in 1970.
  • University of Washington, Seattle - This top school is currently the pilot site to test the first compostable paper soft drink cups.
  • Middlebury College, Vermont - Middlebury’s biomass gasification plant reduces the school’s carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent.
  • University of Vermont, Burlington - Biodiesel buses, green buildings, and the eco-conscious student body keeps this college on the top of the list.
  • College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor Maine - Over 90 percent of this campus’s lighting comes in the form of compacted fluorescents and a new wood-pellet furnace heats 20 percent of the school.
  • Evergreen State College, Olympia, Wash - This college purchased a convoy of electric vehicles and runs a sustainably-managed farm where it teaches courses in organic agriculture.

    When your little birdies are ready to leave the nest or even when you are ready to set sail, consider these top green colleges.

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    At University of Colorado, Boulder, first-year students are provided with reusable shopping bags. How’s that for an eco-friendly welcome gift!
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    Want to encourage your beau to be more eco-friendly? Here are 10 simple ways to green your sig-o without being too bossy!

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    2. Take a trip to your local farmers market and point out all the yummy organic and local goodies.
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    10. Get your sig-o their very first recycling and compost bin! Then give a lesson on what goes in and what doesn’t.

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