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Go Green for Earth Day 2012

Sunday is Earth Day! Here are a few tips for living a life that's good for you AND the planet.

Happy Earth Day!

To celebrate a day dedicated to going green, following are a few tips for Patch users on how to live a life that’s good for you and the environment.

Here’s what to do if you’re…

…a bride or groom-to-be!

When deciding where to get married, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources says, “Think local. A trip to an island might sound like fun, but taking a wedding party and family members to exotic locations will consume a lot of energy and dollars. Missouri offers many beautiful indoor and outdoor locations for weddings, including state parks and historic sites." in is an inspiring place for outdoor wedding celebrations.

…a kid!

Plenty of school supplies are better for the planet. Check out soy crayons, biodegradable pens or non-toxic, acid free glue sticks, states Missouri Recycling Association representatives.

…a gardener!

Missouri banned tires from landfills in 1990, but thousands end up in illegal dumps. Use an old tire as a planter in your garden, suggests the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. “After very carefully cutting off one side wall on a large tire, gardeners can place the tire in their garden and fill it with soil, manure or compost. The tires retain a bit more heat to aid in growing, and when used as a raised bed they warm faster.”

…king or queen of the grill!

If you grill on charcoal, use lump brands, which are made from sustainable forest timber, says Missouri Department of Natural Resources experts. If the fire needs help getting started, use a chimney lighter—not lighter fluid, which releases chemicals into the air—to get it going.

…a sweet-blooded mosquito magnet!

If you need to repel insects, use citronella candles. Bug sprays release chemicals into the air, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

…a sports fan!

Carpooling gets you to the game without wasting a lot of gas. Missouri Department of Natural Resources representatives also suggest using a solar- or crank-powered radio for tailgating so you won’t waste the car’s battery.

…a jogger, biker, runner or exerciser!

Use a reusable water bottle, suggests Missouri Department of Natural Resources officials. It won’t end up in a landfill, and sometimes they’re even made from recycled plastic.

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