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RISMEDIA, April 18, 2011—Considered the birth of the modern environmental movement, the first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 and had 20 million American participants. More than 40 years later, over one billion people now participate in Earth Day on April 22 each year, making it one of the largest civic observances in the world. Enviro-Log, Inc. an eco-friendly consumer products and recycling company which has diverted over 140 million pounds of waxed cardboard from landfills to create its earth-friendly firelogs, offers the following tips for anyone looking to get involved in Earth Day.

“One of the easiest ways you can get involved in Earth Day is to make a conscious effort to reduce, reuse and recycle,” said Ross McRoy, president of Enviro-Log. “The great thing about Earth Day is that anyone can get involved. It can start with small steps such as reducing the amount of water and electricity you use on a daily basis to making significant financial investments in converting your home to solar and wind power. Regardless of your level of commitment, the more people that get involved, the greater the environmental impact will be.”

McRoy offers the following tips to get involved in Earth Day and everyday thereafter:

-Instead of driving, consider walking, biking or taking public transportation. If it is necessary to drive, consider carpooling with friends or colleagues.

-Shop local and make less frequent trips to the store. Less trips to the store means less emissions from your vehicle.

-Turn off your lights and electronics when you leave a room. Open the blinds during the day and take advantage of the sunlight. Turn off and unplug power strips and surge protectors when not in use, especially overnight.

-Reduce your water usage. Install low-flow shower heads, faucets and toilets in your home. Also consider shortening your shower. Every minute you cut from your shower equals roughly five gallons of water.

-Switch from disposable to reusable. Instead of buying bottled water, invest in a reusable water bottle. Bring your own reusable bag when shopping.

-Put your trash in the recycle bin. Contact your local waste management provider about getting involved in their recycling program.

-Purchase products that use recyclable materials. This will help divert unused materials from going into landfills.

-Replace your light bulbs with energy efficient ones, such as compact fluorescent or LEDs.

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