In a society where we honor each other with celebrating birthdays, Mothers/Fathers Day, Christmas, etc., Earth Day (Monday, April 22nd, 2019) is a day to come together and honor the planet that allows us to eat, breathe, love and exist. Here are 9 simple ways you can celebrate this Earth Day!
1. Keep The Car In The Garage
Try leaving your car at home and walking, cycling or using public transport just for today. Walk the kids to school instead of driving them, or opt to cycle to work or class. It may take you a little more time, but you’ll get to enjoy the fresh air, teach the kids about nature on the way to school, or read a book on the bus. Who knows, you might enjoy it so much it becomes a regular thing!
Our individual and seemingly small habits can combine to have a powerful effect — and recycling is a great example of this. Get the kids involved too and help create some positive habits for generations to come!
3. Invest In A Reusable Coffee Cup
For the price of a couple of lattes, you can buy yourself a reusable cup which means you won’t be adding to the large pile of coffee-related rubbish. Earth Day is the perfect “excuse” to form a new habit that could save 5 cups and lids over the course of a work week, which is around 300 over the course of a year!
4. The Big Turn Off
Did your mom ever make a big deal about turning off appliances or lights when you were a child? Chances are she was trying to save money on the power bill, but money isn’t the only thing you’ll be saving. For today, try turning off appliances at the wall when you’re not using them, or switching off lights when you leave the room. It sounds so simple but still worth mentioning as it still takes conscious effort!
5. Unplug The TV
It’s only one day! Following on from the previous point, why not keep the TV switched off all day? By making it a ‘no TV’ day, you’ll have some extra time to connect with nature in some way. Enjoy a walk, get some fresh air, and appreciate your natural environment. Perhaps take the family for a picnic in the park, or collecting shells at the beach and encourage everyone to think about the earth and how magnificent it is.
6. Get Planting
Today’s the day to take the plunge and create a veggie patch. You’ll not only be eliminating the carbon emissions that are involved in getting produce to plate, you’ll also be able to enjoy fresh, organic produce while saving some money. If you find the idea of a veggie patch daunting or if you have limited outdoor space, you could start by planting some fresh herbs or a couple of lettuces in a bucket — or for a rustic look, an old wine barrel.
7. Use Earth-Friendly Cleaning Products
It’s easy to just keep using chemical-laden cleaning products without giving it a thought, so try being really conscious about what you are using to clean with. Having to wear gloves and being advised to not breathe in the fumes should be a sign that what you’re using is not a healthy option.
We all want our homes to be clean and germ-free, but we don’t need to rely on chemicals to achieve that. There are many cost-effective, green-friendly options to choose from and today’s the day to give them a go. If you are really resistant to spending extra money on cleaning products, then why not do some research into cleaning with fresh lemon juice or vinegar water.
8. BYO Grocery Bags
Making the effort to put reusable shopping bags in your car (or in your bag if you’re observing point #1) could start a new habit that would reduce the use of plastic bags. We’re all aware of how horrid they are for the environment.
There are so many nifty reusable bags that fold up to a teeny tiny size, making earth-friendly shopping easy and convenient. If you don’t want to spend money on reusable bags, take an extra backpack or duffel bag and leave those plastic bags behind.
9. Be A Vegetarian For A Day
Some of us love meat, some of us detest it, and some of us just go along with the flow of what appears on the plate. Today, why not make a conscious choice to say no to meat and try some of the tasty vegetarian options out there.
The excessive demand for meat creates an excessive strain on environmental resources, and the more we ask for, the more our planet suffers. A quick search online will give you tons of easy and delicious vegetarian recipes, so for one day why not give it a go! And if you really can’t go without meat for a whole day, at least commit to having one of your meals today be a vegetarian meal.