Friday April 22, 2022
10 Ways to be Earth Friendly in Everyday Life
Each year, on April 22nd Earth Day is celebrated around the world by over 1 billion people in more than 190 countries. The celebration is a good reminder to be aware of our actions and the impact we are having on our home, planet Earth.
We would love to share 10 ways to practice more kindness towards our planet and environment.
Plastic grocery bags
A one-time use plastic grocery bag takes 10–20 years to break down. Bring your own reusable bags to the grocery store. There are so many alternative reusable bags that are not only sturdy but also beautifully designed. Keep them in your car so you have them on hand whenever needed.
Plant a Tree
Humans, animals and the environment depend on trees for survival. Trees provide food and oxygen. They help save energy, clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and help combat climate change. Planting trees is a great way to counter deforestation and help remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Plus, trees are key ingredients in 25% of all medicines.
If you live in an apartment, condo or have limited yard space you can still help by joining tree planting parties in your area and advocate for more green spaces in your city.
Grow an Organic Garden
Growing your own food is not as difficult as it sounds. If you have a yard, large or small, that's a great place to start. Don’t have access to a yard? You can still grow in containers on your porch or balcony, add a few potted herb plants to your kitchen or join a community garden.
Growing your own food helps the environment, beautifies your space and improves your health. Consuming more fresh fruits and vegetables is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy. Having an organic garden at your fingertips benefits your health and the health of the planet.
Support the pollinators
Pollinators, especially bees, are vital to world food production, nutritional security and our environment. 1 in 3 bites of our food depends on pollination. Plant a bee friendly garden or add local wildflowers to your landscaping. By doing so you will help create a safe and welcoming habitat to help feed your local bees. Don’t have a big backyard? Think about adding window boxes, flower pots or planters to your space. Learn more about the importance of pollinators here
Feed your food scraps to worms
Did you know that 60% of landfill waste is compostable? Start a worm composting bin and feed your fruit and vegetable scraps to your friendly worms. You will not only divert landfill waste but your worms will create the most dynamite black gold known as worm castings. Use the worm castings to feed your houseplants, landscapes, or gardens. Learn all about worm bins here
Support local farmers and small businesses in your community by eating local. “Food miles” is the term used to calculate how far food items travel from farm to table. Fresh produce in the US travels on average 1500 miles before getting to your plate. This transportation uses more fossil fuels and creates air pollution on the trip. Shop your local farmer’s market for fresh in season produce or sign up for a weekly produce delivery box from your local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).
Use a reusable water bottle
Every day in the US more than 60 million plastic water bottles are thrown away! One plastic water bottle can take up to 450 years to decompose. Reduce your carbon footprint by using a reusable water bottle. Plus the average American can save around $200 per year just by not buying disposable water bottles.
More garbage is generated now than ever before. The average American discards 7.5 pounds of garbage every day. Help alleviate the stress on our landfills and environment by recycling what you can: aluminum, paper, cardboard, glass, plastics and other materials.
Did you know? 91% of all plastic products don’t get recycled but rather end up in landfills and natural spaces such as oceans, rivers, grasslands and wetlands.
Check with your city for what types of recyclables are accepted and if you have access to curbside recycling collection or live near a drop-off location.
Go Meat Free
A vegetarian or vegan diet is much better for our environment than one which includes meat. Our food system is responsible for over a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions and 80% of these are associated with livestock production.
An easy place to start is by swapping out dairy items for plant-based options and then pick one day every week to skip the meat and instead try a new vegetarian recipe for dinner. Meatless Monday is an excellent place to start. Benefits of a vegetarian diet
Unplug your devices
One easy action is to unplug your electronic devices when not in use. When devices are left plugged in, even when powered off they still consume power. It may be a small amount but over weeks and months this adds up!
Don’t stop after Earth Day
Planet Earth is truly magnificent. An incredibly complex and vibrant ecosystem that supports so many forms of beautiful life. Our planet provides everything to sustain us and keep us healthy and we in return need to do our part to keep Earth healthy.
Let Earth Day’s celebration inspire us to be kind to the Earth not only today, but each and every day.
What are your favorite earth friendly practices?