America’s Guru of Green Living and Former Host of Planet Green Networks WA$TED! Annabelle Gurwitch Explains the Importance of Recycling and Earth Day
Earth Day 2018 may be more important this year than at any time in recent history. Each day we see extreme weather events and there is a movement away from ‘green’ regulation. The first Earth Day was 48 years ago, and now it’s a global event that involves more than a billion people.Just in time for Earth Day on April 22, the actress, writer and activist Annabelle Gurwitch shares important information about environmentally-friendly products that are just hitting the market, including a national recycling program. Annabelle hopes to motivate occasional recyclers to become “everyday” recyclers and provide an example of what their recyclables become. Annabelle was the former host of Planet Green's original series, WA$TED!, a unique show in which she would go through someone’s trash and show all of the waste and potential for recycling.
HELPING THE PLANET BE GREEN ON EARTH DAY
Recycling is the easiest way to be green for Earth Day and really every day. A great place to start is by recycling your food and beverage cartons. Cartons have expanded to so much more besides the milk and juice that we all grew up with. These environmentally friendly packages now contain products like soup, broth, waters, crackers, beans and even wine. The entire food and beverage carton is recyclable, including the cap. After consuming the product, empty any remaining contents and put it into your recycling container. Remember to never put your recyclables in plastic bags, instead put them loosely in your container. Once recycled, cartons can be used to create new paper products, like tissues, paper towels and writing paper, as well as environmentally-friendly building materials. For more information, visit www.recyclecartons.com
WAYS TO CONSERVE ENERGY
When we’re conserving energy that means we’re using less of the natural resources that are used to create that energy. A great example is SYLVANIA LED light bulbs, they can last up to 22 years and offer energy savings of up to 90 percent, saving on electric bills. They use a fraction of the energy traditional light bulbs use, that means power plants can burn fewer fossil fuels and release less carbon dioxide which is better for the Earth. These SYLVANIA LED light bulbs are are made in the USA with United States and global parts by local factory workers in Pennsylvania and Kentucky. Allow for conserving and supporting US workers. You can buy them at Walmart stores nationwide.
Also, the new bulbs look like ones people are used to and the lighting quality is so much nicer now. A traditional 60-watt A19 light bulb for regular lamps can be replaced by a SYLVANIA LED light bulb that uses around 7 watts. LEDVANCE, the company that makes these SYLVANIA light bulbs, is the ONLY one in the industry to have a significant LED portfolio like this in the United States. The company invested millions of dollars to upgrade its factories and workforce to keep and add around 220 local manufacturing jobs to produce these SYLVANIA light bulbs. For more information, visit www.sylvania.com
WAYS THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS AFFECTING OUR EVERY DAY LIVES
We can’t talk about climate change without talking about carbon dioxide, or CO2, which is a naturally occurring gas. The extra CO2 produced by human activity in the atmosphere is what’s causing the climate to change, which is why I’m such a fan of Cool Effect, a non-profit that crowdfunds tax-deductible contributions from individuals that fund carbon reduction projects. Visit CoolEffect.org, they have projects in the US and around the world, and as a mom, one of my favorites is Malawi Clean Cookstoves. For less than $10 your contribution will help fund the installation of clean cookstoves, this helps the schools to save money, the children breath cleaner air – all while reducing the carbon going into the atmosphere