Preserving the Environment

Earth Day 2014: 5 Surprising Things That Harm the Planet (and 5 Simple Ways to Help Save It)

April 22, 2014
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Earth Day 2014: 5 Surprising Things That Harm the Planet (and 5 Simple Ways to Help Save It)
Village Harvest volunteer Lorie Santos picks apricots during the harvest of apricot trees at Guadalupe Historic Orchard in San Jose, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Village Harvest and other San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit groups are volunteering to pick excessive fruit from homeowners' yards and other plots of land to donate to food banks, soup kitchens and organizations that help the needy. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Urban harvesting, or gleaning, aims to collect fruit that normally goes to waste after it goes unpicked and falls to the ground. Village Harvest has donated thousands of pounds of fruit to local organizations. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Village Harvest volunteers sort through and pack freshly picked apricots and plums during the harvest of apricot trees at Guadalupe Historic Orchard in San Jose, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
NationSwell talks to experts about how we can reduce our carbon footprint with small changes that we can do every day.

By now we all know that drinking from water bottles like it’s 2001 won’t score us any points on Earth Day. If you’re like us, you’re remembering to bring those reusable tote bags into the grocery store more often than not and finally investing in a fuel-efficient car. But what about those secret habits — like hiding a stash of Easter candy or keeping your phone on all night long? Can we be doing more to treat our planet even better? Avoiding these 5 bad habits and following these 5 expert tips could go a long way toward making Earth Day happier for us all.

5 Environmentally Toxic Habits You Should Change Right Now

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5 Simple Things You Can Do on Behalf of Mother Earth

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