Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 3.17.55 PMWhether you’re motivated by a workplace initiative, a personal goal or the opportunity to teach your children lifelong positive habits, now is a great time to become more environmentally friendly.

Here are three ways you and your family can create positive environmental change starting today:

 

Recycle

Research shows that less than 2% of waste in the United States is recycled, yet almost half of all trash can be recycled. School lunches are once source of waste that most families don’t consider. These are packed each morning and tossed away each afternoon once lunchtime is over.

Protect water resources

Water is one of the most important resources people have, yet every year billions of gallons are needlessly wasted. You can conserve water in your home by taking shorter showers or baths, turning off dripping faucets and avoiding letting the water run while brushing your teeth. You can also reduce water waste in your home by investing in water-saving appliances and by reducing or eliminating the practice of watering your lawn, relying on rain to do so instead.

Plant a tree

Trees are more than just a beautiful backdrop, they are also essential to the environment. Trees improve the quality of the air you breathe by capturing dust and pollution particles that can affect your health. As trees grow, they remove greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide from the air, store carbon, and release pure oxygen into the atmosphere. And, trees properly planted around a home can help lower air conditioning and heating costs by up to 25%