I think deep down we all try to be more conscious about the way we treat our planet. But it’s hard to consistently remember to do everything to save our earth and resources. We forget about the climate change and the scarcity of resources during the hustle and bustle of life. I mean, let’s be honest, we’re a bit selfish. Our jobs, relationships, and personal goals are way more important to us than recycling and climate change.
I remember my first time being in awe of nature on Earth Day. I was in 8th grade and a bird had almost drowned in a pool from a broken wing. I jumped in, fully clothed and saved it as fast as I could.
We nurtured it back to health and named it Demeter in honor of the greek god of nature. What a strong bird Demeter was – he survived! We released Demeter on Earth Day. And ever since then I’ve had a strong connection with giving back on this very special anniversary and holiday.
Earth Day is this Friday, April 22nd and I thought it would be a great idea to share some ways you and I can give back to mother nature this holiday.
Plant A Tree
Check out some local tree planting events or start your own! This is a great community building activity. For more information head on over to www.earthday.org and check out their events and resources page. Don’t have time to plant a tree? No problem. The organization is currently accepting donations that will help plant trees all over the world!
Check out the page here: www.earthday.org
Dedicate one day per week to go meatless. Animals are part of our earth too and meat will become scarce one of these days. If you are hesitant to go meatless for just one day, let me tell you something: It’s super easy. Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods have a variety of meatless meat products for your whole family to enjoy. Meatless Ground Beef Taco’s? Delicious!
I promise, once you try going meatless for one day you’ll want to do it every week!
This step shouldn’t be a one time thing. But here I go: for one day this week just gather all your recycle items and recycle them. Do a whole sweep of your house or apartment and make sure to separate the categories: paper, plastic, etc.
Have some broken down objects laying around the house? Or maybe you have a few things that you just aren’t using at all. Don’t throw them away – turn them into something fabulous! Head on over to Pinterest and take up some DIY projects with those items. If you have it, Pinterest has a project for you.
By the way, while you’re on there, why don’t you check out The Petite Bijou’s Pinterest and follow along!
Bye Bye Plastic Water Bottles
Opt in for a reusable water bottle instead! It’s so much better for the environment and you can take these everywhere. Just make sure to wash them correctly to prevent any mold growth. I’ve rounded up some chic and sporty water bottles below. Check them out!
CHIC & SPORTY WATER BOTTLES
You don’t need nasty chemicals to clean your home – you don’t. Check out the Environmental Working Group for their best choices of green cleaning products. The Environmental Working Group’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment.
Their list is here: www.ewg.com
Every fall and spring I clean out my closets and find apparel that doesn’t fit me anymore, accessories I don’t wear, and household items I don’t use anymore. We take these things down to the Salvation Army, homeless shelters, and religious centers so that others can be blessed. The important thing here is to DONATE and not throw things away to be put into our soil and water.
And besides, someone else could use what you don’t want. Be generous and the earth will be generous back to us.
You don’t all the lamps on, watch TV all night while scrolling on your laptop, or plug in your phone and Tweet for hours. Why not spend a day outside with a good book? Come back in for the night and play boardgames, read, or cook a nice meal. Just make sure you don’t have a 100 things plugged in and running at once.
And while you are at it – take the time to replace electronics that are sucking batter power and electricity (usually old products!). Switch out bulbs for more eco friendly choices too!
What will you be doing to give back this Earth Day? Let me know in the comments below!