Earth Day 2016: Here are 6 easy ways you can make a difference

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10 Simple Actions to Help the Planet for Earth Day

April 22 is also known as Earth Day, which serves as a simple reminder for us to pause and think about our impact on the planet. Earth Day first began in 1970, so this year marks its 46th anniversary, during which over one billion people are expected to participate worldwide, according to a press release. President of Earth Day Network Kathleen Rogers called Earth Day the "largest, most recognizable face of the environmental movement" in a press release.

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On Earth Day, everyone will "focus on the urgent need to stabilize and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, fight climate change, act locally, become climate voters and protect their children's futures," according to Rogers.

But for those who are intimidated by some of the daunting promises that are associated with Earth Day or are already incredibly busy and can't think about planting a tree, there are still some small, but impactful lifestyle changes to start incorporating on April 22 (or, you know, whenever.)

1. Buy a reusable water bottle and set of utensils

During the work week, most of us don't eat in the comfort of our homes. But buying reusable water bottles and utensils, such as chopsticks or forks, will help cut down on the 40 million plastic utensils that just pile up in landfills each year, the Guardianreported. Plus, the amount of energy it takes to make bottled water could power 190,000 homes.

Flip through the slideshow below to find the perfect reusable water bottle:

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2. End junk mail

You don't like it and the Earth doesn't either. Take five minutes to sign up for e-bills that go to your email and to unsubscribe from catalogs and all of that other nonsense you don't even open. Reducing just 10% of paper usage would be the environmental equivalent of taking 280,000 cars right off the road for one year, according to the Environmental Paper Network.

3. Buy a houseplant

You don't have to be planting a tree in the backyard to add to the Earth's tree count. Just buy a houseplant, which improves your home's air quality and is easy on the eyes, according to NBC News.

4. Bring a reusable bag

Cut down on your plastic bag usage, which kill over 100,000 marine animals a year, by using a reusable bag when shopping at the grocery store — or even better, at the local farmer's market. After all, one bag takes up to 1,000 years to actually break down, according to the Guardian.

5. Avoid foods in packaging

Instead of buying tea bags, buy loose tea leaves. Instead of using a Keurig, use a French press. Buy loose and naked fruits and veggies. Avoid buying foods that come with unnecessary packaging, which accounts for nearly 45% of the trash in landfills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

6. Switch to energy-saving light bulbs

Save money and the Earth by changing light bulbs to light emitting diodes (LEDs) and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Not only do they last way longer than traditional light bulbs, but they can save up to 80% of energy.

Related: Also see how stunning Earth looks from space:
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A large lightning strike on Earth lights up solar panels on the International Space Station in this NASA picture taken by astronaut Kjell Lindgren released September 2, 2015. REUTERS/NASA/Kjell Lindgren/Handout via Reuters THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
A photo taken by Expedition 46 flight engineer Tim Peake of the European Space Agency (ESA) aboard the International Space Station shows Italy, the Alps, and the Mediterranean on January, 25, 2016. REUTERS/NASA/Tim Peake/Handout ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
A photo taken by European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Tim Peake aboard the International Space Station shows an Aurora over northern Canada, taken from a point just north of Vancouver, January 20, 2016. The Canadian Rockies, Banff and Jasper national parks are visible in the foreground. The Bright lights of Edmonton, Red Deer and Calgary (left of center) are also visible. REUTERS/NASA/Tim Peake/Handout ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, home to Super Bowl 50, as seen from the International Space Station, February 7, 2016. Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly, who took the photo, wrote, "Got to see the #SuperBowl in person after all! But at 17,500MPH, it didn't last long." REUTERS/NASA/Scott Kelly/Handout ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
The robotic arm in Japan's Kibo laboratory successfully deploys two combined satellites from Texas universities from the International Space Station, January 29, 2016. The pair of satellites -- AggieSat4 built by Texas A&M University students, and BEVO-2 built by University of Texas students -- together form the Low Earth Orbiting Navigation Experiment for Spacecraft Testing Autonomous Rendezvous and Docking (LONESTAR) investigation. REUTERS/NASA/Tim Peake/Handout ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

December 8, 2015

Scott Kelly ‏(@StationCDRKelly): "Day 256. #MilkyWay births 7 new stars a year, so 2 star births to go. #GoodNight from @space_station! #YearInSpace"

December 16, 2015

Scott Kelly (‏@StationCDRKelly): "#EarthArt Get over your mountains with rock and grit. #YearInSpace"

December 3, 2015

Scott Kelly ‏(@StationCDRKelly): "Day 251. Greetings to my friends in #Macedonia. #GoodNight from @space_station! @kevinbleyer"

Scott Kelly ‏(@StationCDRKelly): "#Auckland #NewZealand, Sorry we don't see you much during your day but you look great down there. #YearInSpace"

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who recently past the halfway mark of his one-year mission on the International Space Station, photographed the Nile River during a nighttime flyover. Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) wrote, "Day 179. The #Nile at night is a beautiful sight for these sore eyes. Good night from @space_station! #YearInSpace." (Photo via NASA)

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly captured images and video from the International Space Station during an early morning flyover of the United States. Sharing with his social media followers, Kelly wrote, "Clear skies over much of the USA today. #GoodMorning from @Space_Station! #YearInSpace." (Photo via NASA)

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station took this photograph of small island cays in the Bahamas and the prominent tidal channels cutting between them. For astronauts, this is one of the most recognizable points on the planet.

The string of cays — stretching 14.24 kilometers (8.9 miles) in this image — extends west from Great Exuma Island (just outside the image to the right). Exuma is known for being remote from the bigger islands of The Bahamas, and it is rich with privately owned cays and with real pirate history (including Captain Kidd).

(Photo via NASA, Caption via M. Justin Wilkinson, Texas State University, Jacobs Contract at NASA-JSC)

Kjell Lindgren (@astro_kjell): "#London. Beautiful in the daylight, even prettier at night."

MANICOUAGAN CRATER, CANADA

(photo: ESA)

Venice Lagoon, Italy

Photo: NASA Goddard Photo/Flickr

Ocean Sand, Bahamas

Photo: NASA Goddard Photo/Flickr

Pico de Orizaba, Mexico (NASA, International Space Station, 02/10/11)

Photo: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center/Flickr

Eruption Plume, Kliuchevskoi Volcano, Russia (NASA, International Space Station, 11/16/13)

Photo: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center/Flickr

Kavir Desert, Central Iran (NASA, International Space Station, 02/14/14)

Photo: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center/Flickr

Lagoons and Reefs of New Caledonia

Photo: NASA Goddard Photo/Flickr

Typhoon Neoguri (NASA, International Space Station, 07/07/14)

Photo: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center/Flickr

Sunset Over Earth (NASA, International Space Station Science, 11/23/09)

Photo: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center/Flickr

Brasilia, Brazil at Night (NASA, International Space Station, 01/08/11)

Photo: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center/Flickr

Banks Peninsula, New Zealand (NASA, International Space Station, 05/31/14)

Photo: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center/Flickr

Ice Floes, Kamchatka Coast, Russia (NASA, International Space Station, 03/15/12)

Photo: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center/Flickr

Coastlines of the Southern Baltic Sea (NASA, International Space Station, 06/15/14)

Photo: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center/Flickr

Port Aransas and the Intracoastal Waterway, Texas (NASA, International Space Station, 03/22/13)

Photo: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center/Flickr

Typhoon Halong (NASA, International Space Station, 08/05/14)

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Bowknot Bend, Utah (NASA, International Space Station, 01/22/14)

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Lightning From Space, and Red Sprites at Night (NASA, International Space Station, 12/13/13)

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Acklins Island, Bahamas (NASA, International Space Station, 11/16/10)

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts (NASA, International Space Station Science, 03/14/10)

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Ounianga Lakes in the Sahara Desert (NASA, International Space Station Science, 11/14/09)

Photo: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center/Flickr

Mt. Ruapehu, New Zealand

Aurora Near Australia (NASA, International Space Station, 07/15/14)

Photo: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center/Flickr

Nile river viewed from space

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Atlantic Coast (NASA, International Space Station, 09/20/13)

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Archive: Fjorded Coastline, Greenland (Archive: NASA, Space Shuttle, 08/12/97)

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Japan, Narita, View of earth. (Photo by: JTB/UIG via Getty Images) (Photo by: JTB Photo/UIG via Getty Images)
The Yarlung Zangpo Grand Canyon (or Tsangpo Gorge) in Tibet is the deepest canyon in the world, and longer than the Grand Canyon. February 25, 2004. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)
The city of Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, and lies along the Firth of Forth. April 29, 2006. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)
The place in the United States where four states come together: the four corners area in the western United States. The states of Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico share a common point. June 11, 2001. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)
Salzkammergut, Austria. Large parts of the region were listed as a World Heritage Site in 1997. June 22, 2003. Satellite image. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 18: A view of the Earth during a solar eclipse. The shadow of the Moon can be seen darkening part of Earth. This shadow moves across the Earth at nearly 2,000 kilometers per hour. Only observers near the center of the dark circle see a total solar eclipse - others see a partial eclipse where only part of the Sun appears blocked by the Moon. This spectacular picture of the Aug. 11, 1999 solar eclipse was one of the last ever taken from the Mir space station. Mir was decommissioned after more than ten years of use. *Image Credit*: Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (Photo by NASA/SSPL/Getty Images)
IN SPACE - AUGUST 31: In this satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Tropical Storm Ernesto (R) is shown at 9:45 am EDT is shown east of northern Florida while Hurricane John heads towards Mexico's west coast August 31, 2006. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)
AUGUST 11: This satellite handout from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Tropical Storm Charley bearing down on Jamaica the morning of August 11, 2004. The storm is expected to cross through Jamaica and Cuba before making its way into the Gulf of Mexico later in the week. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)
Rub Al Khali, a sand desert South East of Saudi Arabia ; sand dunes are sculptured and moved by the winds, in blue the argillakeeous subsoil, and in white the salt crusts left out by the oueds in the rainy season., Rub Al Khali Desert, Saudi Arabia, True Colour Satellite Image (Photo by Planet Observer/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
True colour satellite image of Oceania with cloud coverage. This image in Lambert Conformal Conic projection was compiled from data acquired by LANDSAT 5 & 7 satellites., Oceania With Cloud Coverage, True Colour Satellite Image (Photo by Planet Observer/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
True colour satellite image of Africa with major rivers. This image in Lambert Azimuthal Equal Area projection was compiled from data acquired by LANDSAT 5 & 7 satellites., Africa With Major Rivers, True Colour Satellite Image (Photo by Planet Observer/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
True colour satellite image of Europe. This image in Lambert Conformal Conic projection was compiled from data acquired by LANDSAT 5 & 7 satellites., Europe, True Colour Satellite Image (Photo by Planet Observer/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
True colour satellite image of Asia with major rivers. This image in Lambert Azimuthal Equal Area projection was compiled from data acquired by LANDSAT 5 & 7 satellites., Asia With Major Rivers, True Colour Satellite Image (Photo by Planet Observer/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
True colour satellite image of North America with major rivers. This image in Lambert Conformal Conic projection was compiled from data acquired by LANDSAT 5 & 7 satellites., North America With Major Rivers, True Colour Satellite Image (Photo by Planet Observer/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
True colour satellite image of South America. This image in Lambert Azimuthal Equal Area projection was compiled from data acquired by LANDSAT 5 & 7 satellites., South America, True Colour Satellite Image (Photo by Planet Observer/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED : Clouds and sunglint as seen during the STS-96 mission from the Space Shuttle Discovery. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, UNITED STATES: A view of the Puna de Atacama area of Argentina 24 Janaury from US space shuttle Endeavour at an altitude of 160 nautical miles as part of EarthKAM involving 51 middle schools from three nations. Endeavour is docked with the Russian space station Mir for five days of joint science operations and transfer of supplies to the Russian space station. AFP PHOTO/NASA (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

Cloud-Free View of Iceland

Photo: NASA Goddard Photo/Flickr

Operation IceBridge Turns Five

Photo: NASA Goddard Photo/Flickr

The Turbulent Bering Sea

Photo: NASA Goddard Photo/Flickr

Argentina

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Sarychev Peak Eruption, Russia

Photo: NASA Goddard Photo/Flickr

Moon over northeast Greenland

Photo: NASA Goddard Photo/Flickr

Grey Glacier, Chile (NASA, International Space Station Science, 06/04/07)

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Alaska Mountains

Photo: NASA Goddard Photo/Flickr

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