Earth Day was founded 48 years ago on April 22, 1970 by environmentalist and politician, Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. His idea was for people to come together for a healthy, sustainable environment.
Doing your part to make the world a greener place doesn’t have to be elaborate. Just making small changes in your everyday life is all you need to make a huge difference. Here are a few simple ways you can celebrate Earth Day.
1. START RECYCLING AT HOME
Recycling starts at home. If everyone started separating their recycling from trash, it would dramatically cut down on waste. It’s as simple as purchasing a single blue bin specifically for plastics, paper, and glass. Check to see the recycling guidelines in your local area for logistics on how exactly you should be separating your recyclables.
2. GET A GROUP TOGETHER TO CLEAN UP YOUR LOCAL PARK
Go to your local park, walking trail, or beach to pick up trash and debris. Make it a group effort—get your friends and family to join you. Bring along some white and black trash bags so you can define which is for recyclables and trash. It’ll be both fun and empowering to have everyone joining together for such an important cause.
3. START USING REUSABLE BOTTLES INSTEAD OF DISPOSABLE PLASTIC BOTTLES
It’s a such a simple switch really. Instead of using disposable plastic bottles, purchase a reusable one made of BPA-free plastic, lead-free glass, or aluminum. By doing so, you’ll dramatically cut down on plastic waste. Plus, reusable bottles come in so many fun designs and colors. You can pick one that best suits your personality!
4. TAKE A WALK OR RIDE YOUR BIKE
Celebrate the day by reducing your carbon footprint. Commit to minimizing the amount of times you drive your car for just 24 hours. For short distances take a walk or ride a bike. If possible, take public transit, or get a lift from a coworker to the office.
5. REDUCE PAPER TOWEL USE
It’s not difficult at all to go through an entire roll of paper towels when taking care of household chores. Switch over to using microfiber cleaning towels when cleaning up messes around the house. Go to the store, and purchase a pack or two. All they need is a good wash and dry between uses. This method is not only better for the planet, but easier on your wallet too.
HERE’S A TIP: If you want to dramatically reduce your paper consumption, commit to using cloth dinner napkins as well.
6. PLANT SOMETHING
More plants mean more oxygen. Plants are essential to producing clean air for us to breath. Plus, they are aesthetically pleasing to the eye, and can help boost your mood. Start small by planting a beautiful garden. Whether you have access to a green space or not doesn’t matter. Utilize whatever space you have available. Plant something in your windowsill, your apartment balcony, or in your yard.
If you don’t consider yourself to have a green thumb, there’s no reason to fear sowing seeds. There’s always the option of replanting potted plants from the garden store. Also, be aware that there are many plants that require minimal effort. Your local garden expert can help you out with whatever you need to get started!
Earth Day is truly a special day to take some time to reflect on how we can each make a difference. Start small with some of these tips today and then consider making longer commitments—a week, a month, even a year! Remember, it’s up to us to do our part for the world.
Have a Happy Earth Day!