Week 3 Actions
Planting native plants can help you save water! These are plants uniquely adapted to thrive in your regional environment. Thus, once they are established you can let mother nature take the lead. Like pollinator gardens from last week, native plants can also add color and beauty to your house while providing a natural habitat for local wildlife. We also realize not everyone is a plant expert. Thus, we encourage you to visit the National Wildlife Federation’s Plant Finder website.
Change a "Throw Away" Habit
Single use plastic is major threat to wildlife in our backyard and around the globe. Instead of purchasing single use water bottles, grab a reusable one and fill it up. Don’t forget to show off your reusable water bottle by posting a picture of it on social media using #SunsetZoo5050.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
We challenge you this week to survey your home for appliances and devices pulling energy that you are not using. This could be a coffee pot with it’s clock that you don’t use, the nightlight you never turn off, or the electronic device that’s off but still showing a little red light. All of these items are costing you money and contributing to your carbon footprint. So, take a picture of you unplugging those unused appliances and post it on social media with #SunsetZoo5050.
Establish your backyard as one that is friendly for wildlife by installing a water or food source for them. This could be a bird bath, a hummingbird feeder, a toad abode, a solitary bee house, or anything else you can think of that supplies food or water to wildlife.
Our Purchasing Power
Garbage bags are another single use plastic we are adding to the landfill every day. This plastic sits in our landfills for generations. By switching to compostable or biodegradable garbage bags, you can help reduce the amount of time those things need to breakdown. Don’t forget to take a picture showing you using your new, eco-friendly garbage bags using #SunsetZoo5050.