On Earth Day we’re reminded to turn off the lights when leaving a room and not to leave the water running while brushing our teeth. Those are great ideas, but there are also less obvious things you do every day that hurt the environment.

Aside from wasting water and energy, there are actually a lot of things that you do on a regular basis that harm our planet. Find out just some of them and how you can protect the environment below.

1. Using Straws

environmentIf you’ve ever been to an aquarium or theme park with water creatures, you may have noticed that they will not give you straws. That’s because those little plastic pieces can be extremely dangerous to animals.

Plastic¬†straws – and just think of how many you use – are not recyclable and thus many of them end up in landfills…but that’s only if we’re lucky. According to the Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Clean Up report from 2016, over 400,000 straws were collected in environmental cleanup efforts around the world.

The most obvious solution is to stop using straws altogether. But if you must use one, you can reduce disposable straw pollution by using a reusable glass, stainless steel, or bamboo straw. They’re only a couple dollars, and you’ll be making a huge difference for the environment.