How to celebrate Earth Day all year long? These are some tips and tricks:

– USE SOAPNUTS. Update your laundry routine by replacing washing liquid with SoapNuts (buysoapnuts.com). They are a natural nut (yes, they are actually a nut!) that give out a soap-like substance. Each nut lasts for multiple washes and they’re great for removing stains. Best part when they run out, they can go in the compost to break down. SoapNuts can also be used to make shampoo and a cleaner for all surfaces in my house. Chantelle Derez, crew member aboard Steve Irwin

– LOOK TOWARD NATIVE VEGETATION AND PRODUCE. Whenever possible, eat locally to cut back on the pollution generated from transportation and to help support local farmers. Plant local plants to cut back on maintenance costs. For example, if you live in a desert, do not plant a palm tree; instead plant a native plant that thrives in the environment with no extra watering required. Scott Johnson, ultralight pilot aboard Steve Irwin

– REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE PLASTICS. Plastic is designed to be used once and lasts forever; when it ends up in the world’s oceans it has a devastating effect on marine eco systems. Keep a reusable bag (or two) in your car at all times for grocery store shopping or use a travel mug (versus a plastic cup) to carry your morning cup of coffee. Jonathan Renecle, crew member aboard Steve Irwin

For more tips and the full article, please visit http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/16/2751655/tips-and-tricks-to-celebrate-earth.html#storylink=cpy

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