Earth Day is every day. Here are 8 ways you can contribute to the greater good of the planet we all share.
Use reusable bags
Did you know that scientists estimate nearly 50,000 pieces of plastic are floating in every square mile of the ocean? Here is how you can contribute to making a difference every day:
- Keep a set of reusable bags in your car so you never forget when you get to the store.
- Also, keep a set of reusable mesh produce bags with your shopping bags to eliminate the need for use of plastic individual produce bags.
Go outside every day and get up close and personal with nature, don’t wait for Earth Day to make it a priority.
- Make a daily habit of getting outside for a walk, time with your family, or gardening.
- Plan regular hikes or outdoor adventures to connect with the land and form a deeper appreciation of the planet so that you can figure out how to better support it.
Reduce meat consumption
Did you know that according to Oxford University, following a plant-based diet would cut food-related emissions by 70% in the effort to improve climate change?
- Find a plant-based recipe that you love and add to your weekly meal rotation.
- Set a goal to reduce the intake of animal products. Your body and the planet will appreciate it.
Did you know that recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees and 7,000 gallons of water according to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection? Nearly everything is recyclable, so here are some steps to make a positive impact:
- Make recycling a habit, not just an occasional task.
- Eliminate the use of plastic cups, straws, and utensils. If you must use disposable, try the many great compostable options instead of plastic.
- Keep your eye out for community events that allow you to properly dispose of electronics so that they can be recycled or repurposed.
Buy organic foods and products
When you go to the grocery store or farmers market, you are voting with your dollars on what type of agriculture system you want to support. Vote for an organic system that doesn’t use synthetic herbicides and pesticides to make every day Earth Day.
- Shop local to support your community’s organic growers.
- Find a subscription service that consolidates fresh organic produce that is not perfect enough for the grocery store and passes the imperfect produce and value on to you.
Replace plastic products with glass
Make conscious purchasing decisions when it comes to products commonly made of plastic.
- Transition to glass food containers – mason jars are a great option.
When you compost organics like food, they will no longer become waste. Instead, they become a supplement to create nutrient-rich soil that your houseplants and garden will love.
- Organic items to compost include fruit and vegetable scraps, grass clippings, plant trimmings.
- Dry material to compost includes dried leaves and twigs, uncoated paper (newspaper, coffee filters), and corrugated cardboard.
- If you aren’t into composting, many communities have programs that will pick your compost up to use for local gardens and other programs.
Eliminate the use of household cleaners with toxic ingredients
Most people don’t think of their household cleaners as pollutants since they have been a part of our cleaning regime for so long. Here are some steps you can take to eliminate them:
- Tap into technology to help you determine what’s safe and what’s not in your home. Apps like EWG’s Healthy Living help you take out the guesswork of many of your household cleaners, personal care, and food.