Every year, Earth Day marks the celebration of our planet, as we come together to promote and advocate for the protection of nature. This is the jubilee year for Earth Day as it marks the 50-year anniversary of when the holiday first began. While most events will be virtual this year due to COVID-19, we have a few eco-friendly ways that you can make an impact to celebrate Mother Earth while you shelter at home.
Recycle and compost
The latest study from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reveals that only 30 percent of U.S. households currently recycle, which means there is still room for improvement. Many cities have their own regulations, services and centers for recycling, so use this link to check out your local resources on how you can properly recycle where you live.
Composting your food scraps and yard waste is also a good way to protect our environment and decrease the amount of landfill waste. If you’re new to the idea, follow these tips from Good Housekeeping.
Go for a walk or bike ride
Reduce carbon emissions by taking more walks or riding your bike if possible. People are currently itching to get outside more after being cooped up indoors. These are easy solutions to help the environment if you are out grabbing essentials and are able to get there by foot or bike.
Reduce and reuse
Most of the plastic we use, we discard after one to two uses. Cut back on plastics by investing in reusable items and/or prolonging the use of essential ones. Nowadays, there are many sustainable options, like stainless steel straws, shopping totes, reusable water bottles and silicon food bags like these. It also helps to reuse other items if possible like makeup removers and cleaning cloths to limit the use of paper goods.
Eat local and cut back on dairy
According to EPA.gov, nine percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from agricultural production including cows, agricultural soils and rice production. You can help diminish these numbers by purchasing locally grown food and lowering the consumption of meat and dairy products.
Plant a tree or garden
Trees are a crucial part of the ecosystem. They not only improve air quality by taking in carbon dioxide, but they also breathe out the oxygen we take in. Gardening herbs and vegetables allow you to eat more sustainably, and if you’re new to the whole process, here are a few helpful tips to improve your green thumb. Bonus tip: After you’ve used all your FunkAway Laundry Detergent Booster, you can repurpose the bottom and use it as a household planter. Or, you can make a gardening watering can by drilling small holes in the cap.
Eco consciousness goes hand in hand with being energy conscious. You can help conserve energy by performing simple tasks like turning off the lights and small appliances when leaving a room. You can also make small investments but make an impact by installing energy efficient lightbulbs and using smart power strips.
Be a social advocate
Since so much of our time is spent online right now, you can make a difference by using your social platforms to help raise awareness and educate connections on different ways they can help the environment. Create a Facebook group or use your live feeds to showcase different ways you’re doing your part.
Don’t replace, renew
In our culture, many people want to buy new clothing and shoes when the stuff they have is perfectly fine. But, most of the textiles they throw away end up in landfills and can have serious environment implications. You can renew your clothing or anything you can place in the wash by using the FunkAway Laundry Detergent Booster. And, the Pump Spray will help extend the life of your shoes. If you don’t see any need for your items, donate them to a local charity or consign them for added cash flow.
While Earth Day only happens one day per year, these are tips that can give back to the planet beyond April 22, 2020. How do you plan to make a difference?