5 Ways to Make a Difference on Earth Day
Go green! We hear or see this phrase almost every day on television, while out shopping, or in the workplace. Today is the perfect time to add some more “green” to your life, since April 22nd is Earth Day ! Did you know that this year is the 42nd anniversary of the holiday and that it is celebrated in over 175 countries around the world? Even more reason to ditch some of your old ways and help make the planet better!
Here are five easy changes you can make to make a difference on Earth Day:
- Ditch the plastic bags!
According to The Daily Green, twelve million barrels of oil were wasted last year in the production of paper and plastic bags in the United State alone. That’s a lot of oil that we could be saving! Also, plastic bags take a very long time to decompose in landfills, adding to our country’s waste problem. This Earth Day, make the switch to reusable shopping bags for good! Not only do you help to save the planet, but some stores even offer credits for using reusable bags. And they make toting groceries so much easier.
- Don’t buy bottled water!
Switch over to an aluminum or stainless steel reusable water bottle that will last you years, instead of just one day. Disposable water bottles are a huge contributor to our landfills and this problem can easily be addressed.
- Recycle and upcycle!
We all know about recycling common goods like cans, paper, and glass, but have you ever considered upcycling? This Earth Day, take something you’re going to dispose of and turn it into something of greater value. For example, I reuse my Udi’s Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin containers to grow spices in during the winter. They are a perfect size for the job and it makes me smile since I’m saving myself money and saving waste from the landfill.
- Plant a vegetable garden!
Celebrate Earth Day by rounding up the family and starting a vegetable garden! Not only is this a fun activity for the whole family, but it also helps the environment! Growing your own vegetables reduces energy use by eliminating the need for transporting the food and selling it in a conventional store. Also, you’re helping your family by eliminating any pesticides or toxins that can be found in mainstream vegetables.
- Volunteer your time!
Earth Day is the perfect time to volunteer some of your personal energy to the community. Help with a clean up, provide education sessions to community members, or help plant trees in a park. The opportunities are truly endless! The Environmental Protection Agency’s website compiles local events from all over the country to help you find the perfect event to attend. Bring your family and friends to really make an impact on the community!
From Udi’s to you and your family, we hope you have a great and impactful Earth Day!
Please share your experiences and any other tips you have for making this Earth Day the best one yet!