“What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?”
― Henry David Thoreau, Familiar Letters
“What you take from the earth, you must give back. That’s nature’s way.”
― Chris d’Lacey, The Fire Within
Earth day was founded almost 50 years ago as a day to promote the education of the environment and things that affect the earth, today we can celebrate it in different ways to help heal the planet. Each of us can do little things to change our lifestyle and actions to help take care of our home! Earth Day is April 22. As April approaches, here are 6 ways you can get ready to celebrate earth day!
Unplug, and Enjoy the Outdoors
We live in a digital world, so why not take a break from the screens and UNPLUG. Turn off your phone, tv, computer, etc. and just go outside and take a deep breath. Smell some flowers, take a walk, just relax, enjoying nature and its beauty. I know how crazy schedules can be so if you really can’t turn off your devices, at least go through your house and turn off lights or machines that aren’t in use during the day to conserve electricity! Also check for dripping faucets or leaky showers to make sure you’re not accidentally wasting water!
Use Reusable Gear
While making your lunch, instead of reaching for a plastic baggie to put your sandwich in, try grabbing a tupperware instead. Making coffee? Use a reusable mug! There are hundreds of super cool ones out there so go and find one that’s perfect for you! Going grocery shopping? Bring your reusable bags for checkout! Every little effort helps!
Use Eco-Friendly Products
Another way to help the environment is using eco-friendly products. One way to do that is looking for environmentally safe cleaning products without the harsh chemicals. Try cleaning your house with natural things such as apple cider vinegar or baking soda, and instead of using air fresheners like febreeze try essential oils!
Buy More From the Bulk Section:
Next is buying more in bulk. Products today are over-packaged and in smaller amounts so a huge way to conserve space and packaging is to buy products in bulk. Less packaging equals less waste. Plus it’s often cheaper!
Plant a Tree
Trees are vital to our ecosystem and so what better way to aid that then to plant a tree yourself. You can pick up lil saplings from your local home depot, or if you don’t want to get a tree, there’s plenty of plants and seeds to choose from! Just getting out there and working in the garden and the dirt, is relaxing, you’ll feel extremely good afterward. Plus you’re beautifying the earth and your yard. Your neighbors will probably thank you. And It boosts oxygen levels and purifies the atmosphere.
Walk, Ride, or Carpool
Save gas and the earth by keeping your car in the garage! If possible take a jab at riding your bike, skateboard, or walking to school or work! The exercise will leave you feeling energized and ready to face the day! Plus doing this reduces air pollution AND you won’t have to deal with that pesky traffic!
Every little thing you do helps, but remember every day is Earth Day!!!