By Lexi Petronis, Jill Buck

  convinced, all of us know the planet is in difficulty. We pay attention speak for all time approximately weather switch, pollution from vehicles, oil spills into oceans, trash overflowing into waterways, and poisonous chemical substances leaking into our groundwater. Sigh. however the excellent news is there is a lot we will do to begin cleansing up the Earth. And it starts off with you!

This booklet explores hundreds small (and titanic) issues that youngsters can do to make a favorable distinction within the atmosphere such as:

• move on a eco-friendly date with a brand new crush

• devour much less meat

• learn how to store vintage

• create an environmental activity strength at school

• cross on an eco-adventure

• and more!

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To check if a product has PVC, see if the packaging has the number 3 or the letter “V” underneath the recycling symbol. You can also use your nose: PVC products have that plasticky smell, like the scent of a new shower curtain. Now take a second to think about how many pens you have thrown out this year. Then multiply that by every student, office worker, and human being on the planet. Can you even imagine how many trash cans that would fill? The answer: Buy refillable pens. Then, the only thing you need to trash is the refill.

A mural is a big project, but one that’s well worth the time. If you want to paint a mural on a private piece of property (like the outside wall of a local store), talk to the owners and/ or managers of the building about your idea. Be specific and even provide sketches to help persuade them to let you do it. To get your work on public property (in a park or public school wall), contact your city’s youth, public arts, or beautification committees to see what opportunities are available. In some cities, arts nonprofits like San Francisco’s Precita Eyes and Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program specifically work with the city to create murals.

You can also check with local hair salons to see what they do with their used dyes. At the salon: Find a salon that aims to be environmentally friendly. Most salons use dyes made with toxic stuff — in abundance, but some greener salons use organic, plant-derived, and cruelty-free products as often as possible. Call local salons to see who’s greenest. If there’s an Aveda salon near you, that’s a good bet. Aveda’s demi-permanent (meaning it eventually washes out) dyes are made of 99 percent plant ingredients and their permanent dyes are made of more than 90 percent plant-derived ingredients.

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