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RISMEDIA, April 19, 2011—Roughly 500 million people around the globe celebrate Earth Day (April 22), according to Associated Content. With Earth Month celebrations gearing up, Ziploc wants to empower families to get involved in recycling efforts through easy household solutions that are adaptable to any family’s daily routine.

In an effort to offset the amount of product waste that could potentially end up in landfills and motivate families to do their part to recycle and protect the environment for future generations, Ziploc has partnered with Recyclebank, one of the leading sustainable action platforms designed to motivate and enable individuals to make a collective impact on the environment. From recycling and reusing everyday kitchenware to being mindful of water and energy usage, families can incorporate these simple, earth-friendly tips into their kitchen routines:

Increase Recycling Efforts

Recycle items that you no longer need and participate in community recycling initiatives. Community support for recycling of common and uncommon goods can vary from place to place.

Use “Smart” Kitchen Supplies and Appliances

When buying supplies for your kitchen—whether an appliance, cooking pan or piece of cutlery—choose durable and high quality kitchenware to withstand the test of time. Also, save energy (and potentially reduce your gas bill) by using smaller kitchen appliances when cooking small amounts of food. For example, heating water in an electric kettle rather than a teapot on the stove or cooking small or medium sized portions of food in the microwave instead of the regular oven use less energy.

Store Meals in Reusable and Multi-Purpose Containers

When preparing and storing meals for the family, try using multi-purpose containers, which are available in a variety of sizes and shapes. They not only help families stay organized and get more out of meals (and reduce waste) by keeping food fresh, but they are also microwaveable, freezer-safe and are perfect for storing leftovers or carrying lunch to work.

Conserve the Household Water Supply

For a cold beverage, keep a cool pitcher of water in the fridge instead of letting the tap run until water gets cold. Refill one water glass or reusable bottle throughout the day so there will be fewer items to wash. After eating, don’t rinse dishes with water—just scrape off the excess food and load directly into the dishwasher. Tests by Consumer Reports showed that pre-rinsing usually isn’t necessary and by skipping it you can save 20 gallons of water per load.

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