Earth Day looks a little different in 2020 but there are still so many things you can do at home, here are 25 ways to celebrate Earth Day at home.
Earth Day is coming up and this year is the 50th anniversary – founded in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson who came up with the idea after seeing the effects of a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, in 1969- since then it has grown into a worldwide movement.
#1- turn off the tap when washing your hands and save about 8 gallons of water, no need to leave the tap running, soap, lather for 20 seconds, then rinse!
#2- unplug all small appliances like your toaster and kettle when you are not using them. When you leave these plugged in they are still drawing electricity from the grid costing you money!
#3 – use cloth towels instead of paper towels. in fact, you can save up to $80 annually buy cutting out paper towel.
#4 – turn the light off when you leave a room and save on energy costs.
#5 – something broken in the house, try repairing it instead of replacing it.
#6 – unsubscribe from junk mail. Save a tree by getting your name off that mailing list. Try googling instead.
#7 – bring plants into the home, these help to purify the air and they just look so good.
#8 – try a meatless Monday, the meat industry is a major contributor to global greenhouse gases…and it takes about 1,800 gallons of water are used to produce just a single pound of beef!
#9– make your own cleaning products, this is so easy to do, I have a ton of videos on The Eco Hub with great recipes.
#10- stop microplastic from getting into the ocean – wash your clothes in a guppy bag like this one, it helps to capture the microplastic.
#11– conduct a waste audit, take a look at the kinds of packaging you are bringing into the home, make a list of the ones that can be recycled and another list with those that can’t for the ones that cant look for ones that have better recycling rates.
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DAY 1 of the #lowwastechallenge _ Get to know your kitchen garbage by doing a DIY audit on all the items you typically buy. _ Before you head out to the grocery store create a master list of all the food and cleaning supplies you purchase on a regular basis (have a look at my stories for what that list might look like.) _ Once you have created your list start looking for all the items that create waste and put a checkmark beside it. – Anything that comes in styrofoam like eggs, checkmark it. Styrofoam can’t be recycled. _ Anything in glass or aluminum is okay, these items have higher recycling rates. _ I also want you to pay close attention to all the parts of the packaging, for example you might buy cookies that come in a cardboard box (yay we can recycle that) but the cookies themselves are in a plastic bag inside the box (ugh! WHY? not recyclable!) _ It’s really up to you how deep you want to go. But I find when you write it all out and can see it clearly on a piece of paper it makes you more aware of the waste you create and that is where the power in this exercise lies. _ The next step in this exercise is to create a chart with three columns. Column 1 – the item eg: egg container. Column 2 – can it be recycled or reused, in the case of eggs if it’s in Styrofoam then no. Column 3 – is there an alternative? in the case of eggs, yes, shop for cardboard, it can be recycled and even composted. _ Another example: Column 1 – peanut butter in a glass jar but with a plastic seal on it Column 2 – can it be recycled or reused? The jar can but the plastic seal cannot Column 3 – is there an alternative? yes, buy it in bulk _ Check out my stories to see what the chat could look like. _ Now, when you head out to grocery shop, take the chart with you, so you know what alternatives you are looking for. Please remember to have patience, rome was not built in a day and it takes time to find alternatives and even stores the work for you! _ Have you ever taken a look at what you buy and the waste it creates?
Eg: buy eggs in cardboard rather than styrofoam or, buy condiment in glass – rather than plastic.
#12 – ditch the plastic saran wraps for a more eco-friendly option like beeswax wraps, that actually help your food stay fresher longer.
#13 – take part in a digital climate strike.
#14 – learn to sew and mend your clothes
#15 – try a shampoo bar, this helps cut back on all the plastic packaging you bring into the home
#16 – get rid of disposables like plastic razors and opt for a safety razor instead.
#17 – shop for your groceries online, new research shows that getting your food delivered is around 30% more energy efficient than travelling to the store.
#18 – donate your reading glasses instead of sending them to landfill when you are done with them! 200 million people around the world need glasses but can’t afford them!
#19 – cover your letterbox – valuable heat and energy are lost thanks to this.
#20 – when you head outdoor, take a bag with you and do your own clean up! There’s lots of trash you can pick up along the way.
#21 – recycle properly! That means checking with your local municipality to find out what can and can’t be recycled and don’t be a wlshcycler, that’s a person who stands in front of the recycling bin, not sure if the item they are holding can be recycled or not, then tossing it into the bin hoping the person on the other end will put it in the right place. this does not happen.
#22 – invest in a rain barrel. This helps with stormwater runoff and you can use the water to water your plants, saving you money and water.
#23 – start a small veggie garden. Saves you money and reduce food waste. Even something as simple as an herb garden on your windowsill is a great start.
#24 – dry line your clothes. For most households with electric dryers, line drying would cut the electric bill more than $100 a year!
#25 – STOP BUYING THINGS YOU DON’T NEED
I’d love to hear from you, how are you celebrating Earth Day at home?