It’s Earth Day today! Although I would argue that every day is Earth Day – it’s the choices we make every day of the year that carry real clout.
Here’s just a few ideas for ways we can effect positive environmental change by making small changes in our daily routines:
- Walk or take public transit for your travels, to the grocery store or when running errands
- Use reusable cloth grocery bags and produce bags when shopping for your food
- Compost food scraps or find out if there is a food scraps drop off program in your community
- Refuse to buy products (food or otherwise) that are unnecessarily packaged, particularly in plastic
- Wash laundry in cold water as often as possible – as an added benefit, washing in cold will not only save energy but will prolong the life of your clothing!
- Store and then EAT your leftovers, so as to minimize food waste
- Make coffee at home, or if you buy coffee at a coffee house, be sure to bring your own reusable mug!
- Buy organic fruits and vegetables – organic produce uses less pesticides in production which means less chemicals and toxins are left in the earth, in humans who produce and harvest the produce, and finally, those of us who consume them.
- Stop using single use plastic, and try avoiding consuming plastic altogether
- Consume less meat and dairy, or go vegan and don’t consume them at all!
- Recycle as a last resort. Consider donating items that can be reused to charitable organization, or giving things to friends and family (if they want your stuff!)
- Use a Diva Cup
- Use 100% recycled toilet paper. Contrary to my husband’s belief, recycled toilet paper is not recycled from used toilet paper. Ha.
- Consider eliminating commercial cleaners from your home and make the move toward cleaning simply with soap and water. Vinegar works great for windows and mirrors. Homemade cleaning solutions work just as well as commercially prepared ones, without all the chemical toxins left behind in your air and on your skin (and not to mention in our water)
- Get to know the thrift stores and consignment stores in your area, and get comfortable with the idea of buying clothing and accessories used, for both yourself and your family. My kids love shopping at the thrift shop, and actually don’t have a clue that it is any different than other conventional stores. I myself have been known to find a treasure or two in the clothing department at my local Value Village.
Happy Earth Day everyone! Hope you made it a great day!