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THE DAYS AFTER EARTH DAY  Friday, April 30, 2010

Official Earth Day celebrations may be over, but preserving the planet is a year-round job. It's easy to make small changes that benefit the greater good on a daily basis.

Every little piece of paper counts, so don't forget to toss tags from new clothing and paper gift and shopping bags into the recycling bin. Even the cardboard roll from toilet paper and paper towels is recyclable. Bonus points for removing the paper label from tin cans too!

No need to light an empty room, so get in the habit of flicking the switch off as you exit a room. It's also never too early to teach the kids this cost-saving lesson. Your budget and the earth will thank you.

Leaving the water running while you brush your teeth wastes more than one gallon of water, so fill a cup for rinsing and turn the tap off. Same goes for hand washing. Wet your hands to get started, then shut the water off while you work up a sudsy lather. Rinse and repeat to save about 1 liter of water with each wash.

Everyone loves a cold glass of water. Rather than run the faucet to get it nice and icy, save our natural resource and enjoy a clean, pure cup from your Cuisinart CleanWater Countertop Filtration System. And to quench those on-the-go thirsts, skip the plastic bottle and fill up a reusable BPA-free bottle.