9 Simple Ways to Go Green

Discovery en Español and Natural Resources Defense Council’s La Onda Verde have partnered up to create the 3 Pasos, 3 Personas (Three Steps, Three People) campaign. The initiative will urge everyone to pick up three eco-friendly habits and ask three friends to join them. Their goal is to raise awareness among the Hispanic community and motivate us to take action and help the planet.

“Three Steps, Three People will teach the public how simple it is to stop this environmental crisis if each one of us puts in our grain of sand and we do it together,” says Adrianna Quintero, director of La Onda Verde.

We’re game! Now here are some simple ways you can help out:

Be a smart driver. Walk, bike and take public transportation when you can, but if you get behind the wheel be sure to check your air filter each month and arrange carpools to and from work.

Conserve water. Turn off the faucet when you’re washing dishes, brushing your teeth or cleaning your car. Use a filter instead of buying bottled water. Take shorter showers and water your garden at night to avoid evaporation.

Reduce your consumption. Reuse or re-gift items like clothes, books and furniture. Your trash could turn out to be someone else’s treasure, so how about hosting a swap party?

Buy organic. They’re free of pesticides, artificial additives and other toxic chemicals.

Clean with green products. It’s not only better for the planet, but much healthier for you too.

Save energy. Change out your old light bulbs for energy-efficient ones and choose electronics that are Earth – and ultimately pocket – friendly.

Recycle. Find out where you can turn in glass, aluminum, plastic, paper and cardboard waste. Opt for biodegradable products and say, “No, thanks” to plastic bags and extra wrappings.

Don’t waste paper. Print and copy on both sides of each sheet and buy 100% recycled paper when shopping for notebooks, napkins and printer paper.

Reconnect with Mother Earth. Volunteer at a local park, beach or garden. Run through the grass, feel the sun on your face and breathe in the crisp air. You want all this to last, don’t you?

So, what three things will you do to help our planet?