What Are YOU Doing for Earth Day?

Happy Earth Day!!! 🙂

I think this has got to be one of the coolest holidays, because it’s a point during the year where we can all take a step back, look at our habits, and how they’re affect the world around us.  You can even think of Earth Day as a New Year for Going Green!  There are so many things that you can do to help lessen your impact on the planet, so why not use today to start!

Here are some things you can do to celebrate Earth Day:

  • Go Vegan!  Or just reduce the amount of meat and animal products you consume.  Eating less animal products helps reduce the amount of the greenhouse gas, methane, put into the atmosphere by all those factory animals’ farts and poo.  Ew.
  • Choose Local.  By purchasing food items produced locally you are saving the amount of gas used to transport the food from the farm to your mouth.  Up to 1/5 of the fuel used in America goes to transporting your food.  Check out local farmers’ markets especially.  The one near my house opens May 5th!
  • Choose Organic.  Purchasing organic food means that you are saving our air and waterways from the pollution caused by chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Use Reusable Shopping Bags.  I know that in the past I’ve come home with up to 10 plastic shopping bags from one trip to the grocery store.  Not cool.  The average American uses about 500 plastic bags a year.  Imagine that in your landfill.
  • Buy a reusable water bottle and a water filter.  You know I love my Kleen Kanteen and my Brita.  Constantly buying bottled water from the store is a waste of your money, and all those bottles are crowding our planet.
  • Donate Your Unwanted Items.  I plan to donate my old clothes and shoes, that were weeded out during spring cleaning, to my local Goodwill.  It keeps them out of the landfill and puts them into the hands of someone who truly needs them.
  • Walk or Ride a Bike.  Drive less.  Use less gas.  Emit less nasty chemicals.
  • Switch to Online Bill Paying.  Reduce the amount of paper used each month.  Plus it saves you money on stamps.  The only bill I don’t pay online is my rent.  While you’re at it, switch to direct deposit if it’s available to you.
  • Pick Up Trash.  Around your neighborhood, at the park, wherever.  It’s easy.  Just make sure you’re using gloves.
  • Start a Compost Pile.  Even all your seemingly-easy decomposing food scraps can’t properly break down in the crammed, oxygen-less landfill.  Compost to save on your trash bill and to make excellent fertilizer for your yard or garden.
  • Start a Personal Veggie Garden.  I am constantly dreaming of the day when I finally have a real house with a yard and can grow my own veggies.  Talk about seriously local produce!
  • Buy Energy Efficient Light Bulbs.  Save money in the long run and use less electricity in the long run.
  • Turn Off the Water During Tooth Brushing.  Also, take shorter showers.  Saving water is awesome.
  • Use the Cold Cycle on Your Washing Machine.  Apparently, it washes your clothes just as well, unless it’s something that needs sanitation like cloth diapers.  Save electricity!  Also, use the least amount of water for the amount of clothes you are washing.
  • Fill Your Tires.  If you must drive, make sure that your tires have the correct amount of air in them.  Too little air can cause your car to lose fuel efficiency.  Not cool when gas is $4 a gallon!
  • Get Out in Nature.  Take in the beauty.  Learn to love it.
  • Recycle.  Duh.

Go check out A Billion Acts of Green at the Earth Day website to pledge your Act of Green!

I want my kids to be able to breathe clean air and drink clean water.  Every step that we take today affects whether or not that is possible.  Take the future into your own hands and participate today!  Also, remember, Earth Day is EVERYDAY!!!! 🙂

What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day??

❤ Lindsay

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