12 Ways to Help Save the Planet

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WHEW! Earth Day this year was a blast! 

We handed out hundreds of paper straws, let earth-day festival attendees meet some of our amazing animals, and shared with all how they could go about making a change for our planet - just by loving and appreciating ALL animals we share our Earth with. 

Leading up to Earth Day, we celebrated the "Twelve days of Earthness!" In case you missed it and are still thinking about all the ways you can make a difference, here's a recap: 

1. ) Say No to Plastic Straws

 Plastic takes 500+ years to breakdown and then turns into microplastics which have a negative impact on our planet becasue animals (especially small marine life) eat these small pieces of plastic and eventually you can expect that HUMANS have plastic inside them! 

Plastic takes 500+ years to breakdown and then turns into microplastics which have a negative impact on our planet becasue animals (especially small marine life) eat these small pieces of plastic and eventually you can expect that HUMANS have plastic inside them! 

2. Recycle old printer/toner cartridges - for FREE! 

 You can visit ink cartridges for free through your local post office. There's no reason NOT to recycle these. It's great to do this because they will certainly be re-used again and the planet will thank you! 

You can visit ink cartridges for free through your local post office. There's no reason NOT to recycle these. It's great to do this because they will certainly be re-used again and the planet will thank you! 

3. Grow Your Own! 

 Start a small planting of lettuce, herbs, or tomatoes on your patio or front porch. This is a rewarding experience and helps you financially too! Remember, if you can't grow your own - buy locally-grown! 

Start a small planting of lettuce, herbs, or tomatoes on your patio or front porch. This is a rewarding experience and helps you financially too! Remember, if you can't grow your own - buy locally-grown! 

4. Adopt don't Shop! 

 Just like it sounds....no need to go and purchase your animals from a pet store! Visit your local animal shelter and adopt your next companion animal! This can really help because some "pet" animals are actually taken from the wild (i.e. chameleons, snakes, parrots/birds). Stand up for our animals and always rescue/adopt them. 

Just like it sounds....no need to go and purchase your animals from a pet store! Visit your local animal shelter and adopt your next companion animal! This can really help because some "pet" animals are actually taken from the wild (i.e. chameleons, snakes, parrots/birds). Stand up for our animals and always rescue/adopt them. 

5. Brew your Own Coffee! 

 Making your own coffee prevents the use of single-use plastic or other paper cups. It also helps when make your own because you can literally make it your OWN way! Cheers!

Making your own coffee prevents the use of single-use plastic or other paper cups. It also helps when make your own because you can literally make it your OWN way! Cheers!

6. Pick up Trash! 

 Leaving litter on the ground and walking by it, is a 'thing of the past.' If you care about our planet, do your part and pick up litter! It not only helps our neighborhoods look nicer, but it helps ensure our animals don't get hurt by our careless ways. 

Leaving litter on the ground and walking by it, is a 'thing of the past.' If you care about our planet, do your part and pick up litter! It not only helps our neighborhoods look nicer, but it helps ensure our animals don't get hurt by our careless ways. 

7. Skip the Paper Towel

 Save on our un-needed paper use and use a dish cloth to dry instead! 

Save on our un-needed paper use and use a dish cloth to dry instead! 

8. Get a CONE! 

 Opt out of paper or plastic bowls and get an edible cone instead! 

Opt out of paper or plastic bowls and get an edible cone instead! 

10. Pack your own! 

 Using your own re-usable container helps to avoid plastic bags or paper bags and....you can use this again tomorrow! Score! 

Using your own re-usable container helps to avoid plastic bags or paper bags and....you can use this again tomorrow! Score! 

10. Bring your Own Bottle

 Using your own re-usable water bottle lets you bring along your own custom creation! Show the organizations you support and show off your personality ---and SAVE THE PLANET.

Using your own re-usable water bottle lets you bring along your own custom creation! Show the organizations you support and show off your personality ---and SAVE THE PLANET.

12. Use Your Own Bag! 

 Bringing your own re-usable bags allows you to skip the other bags that you can get charged for! Sometimes you even get a discount for bringing your own bag. More importantly, you are saving the use of items that will eventually have to be thrown away! :( 

Bringing your own re-usable bags allows you to skip the other bags that you can get charged for! Sometimes you even get a discount for bringing your own bag. More importantly, you are saving the use of items that will eventually have to be thrown away! :( 

12. Join the Movement

 The best way you can make an impact is surround yourself with those who also want to make a change in the world. Choose an awesome conservation organization that has a great mission in helping make the world a better place. That organization could be ZOVARGO! 

The best way you can make an impact is surround yourself with those who also want to make a change in the world. Choose an awesome conservation organization that has a great mission in helping make the world a better place. That organization could be ZOVARGO!