April 15, 2021
From composting to reusing water bottles, see how you can help the planet on Earth Day.
This Earth Day (which falls on April 22nd), we challenge you to do your part to help the planet—and we’re not talking about one-and-done contributions. Here are eight ways that you can celebrate the holiday and give back to the planet every day.
1. Recycle Correctly
Maybe you already do a great job of recycling your empty cardboard boxes. But, what about those plastic cups from your weekly coffee run? And, don’t forget that plastic silverware from that take-out you ordered the other night. The thing is, many of these plastic items get tossed in the garbage, which only takes up more valuable space in landfills that could have otherwise been used up by non-recyclable items. For specialty recyclable items (like expired batteries and old devices), refer to the manufacturer’s website to look for buy-back programs or to find local drop-off areas.
2. Compost Your Food
Plastic isn’t the only thing that takes up extra space in landfills—food does, too. When it breaks down, it produces a greenhouse gas (known as methane) which can trap heat in the atmosphere and raise the earth’s climate. By composting your food waste in your garden, you can help reduce the amount of methane emitted and help to enrich the soil.
3. Buy a Reusable Water Bottle
By now, you probably know the effect that single-use bottles can have on the planet. You also probably know that “just this once” can turn into your fifth bottle in one week, especially for someone who is always on-the-go. This Earth Day, make the commitment to reduce your plastic usage by purchasing a reusable water bottle so you can sip and save the planet.
4. Conserve Water
We’re not saying you should drink less water, but you should be aware of the other avenues in your home that are unnecessarily using up this resource. Consider using the washing machine only when your load is full rather than washing frequently with smaller amounts. Water your lawn in the early morning or late evening to help prevent the afternoon sun from soaking up the water. Or, swap out your showerhead for a low-flow alternative.
5. Opt for a Bike Ride
Whether you’re running to the grocery store or meeting a friend at the park, help reduce gas emissions by going for a bike ride rather than driving your car. While it may take you a little longer to get where you’re going, the extra 10 minutes it takes out of your schedule can add even more time to the lifespan of the planet.
6. Change Your Light Bulbs
A simple switch can make all the difference—especially when it comes to light bulbs. If you haven’t already, switch to LED lights. These energy-efficient alternatives still provide the same lighting you love, but can also save the planet some extra power.
7. Automate Your Home
From monitoring your energy usage to turning off lights when you’re not home, home automation can do the planet (and your wallet) a favor. Consider purchasing smart plugs, thermostats, and light bulbs to better control your power consumption. A smarter home can help create a better planet.
8. Shop Local
Stop by your local farmer’s market or small grocery store and buy your groceries from those in your neighborhood. Why? You can help reduce the number of miles spent transporting produce. In other words, you’ll help cut down on the number of emissions released into the environment. Not to mention, buying locally means you’ll likely get freshly harvested goods, so your food may taste even fresher.
Making a positive change doesn’t have to be hard. With a few small tweaks, you can help do your part to save the planet.