Here are 8 things you can start doing to love on Mother Earth:
When you think about the food that you eat, do you know where it comes from? Eating organic produce is awesome for our environment and our health, but not everyone can afford to buy it. A way around this is to shop local and support your local farmers. If you know you do not have access to local farmers or farmers markets then think about growing your own food. In an effort to either grow our own food or support our local farmers we are loving our earth by buying local. Most food in the grocery store travels thousands of miles to get to you which of course pollutes the air, when you buy local it does not travel as far and you are reducing your carbon footprint which in return helps our environment.
Invest in reusable products
Reusable products are an amazing way to start helping the earth. Plastic bags and water bottles are a huge contributor to our plastic pollution problem. Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour. When those plastic bottles wind up in the ocean, it takes 450 years for those plastic bottles to break down. 100 billion plastic bags used by Americans today equates to 12 million barrels of oil. To reduce our plastic usage we can invest in a sturdy reusable, plastic free water bottle as well as reusable shopping bags.
Buy sustainable clothing
Shopping can be eco-friendly if you go about it the right way. Buying second hand clothes is one way to save the environment as well as saving resources. Online shops like ThredUp can be a great start at online shopping as they are the largest online consignment and thrift shop. If you do decide to buy new clothing, then shopping for natural fibers instead is ideal. They usually cost more, but last a very long time.
Spend time outside
If we treat everyday as earth day and get outside, we will always be reminded how beautiful Mother Earth is. Everyday we should make an effort to get outside even if it is just for ten minutes. Whether you go for a walk, go to the park, have a picnic, take a breath of fresh air or just get involved in an outside activity, you can show appreciation to our home. Earth is our home and we should take care of it.
Planting is such a fun activity. It can be done with your kids or you can do it alone. Some people even use planting as a stress reliever. It makes you feel like you are one with the earth and giving back in a sustainable way. You can plant anything from fruits and vegetables to trees. Planting trees will give off more oxygen since trees produce oxygen which is how we are able to breath. Planting trees is also a good way to clean the air.
If you are not up for planting a tree you can always plant fruits and veggies. Planting your own garden whether it be in your backyard or on your patio will allow you to have control over what you eat. You have control over the soil you use and the food you grow. This helps the environment by cutting down on your carbon footprint. Food does not have to travel because it will be right in your backyard.
Taking other forms of transportation such as walking, biking, or riding public transportation are ways you can lower your carbon footprint and protect the environment. If you live close enough to a destination try to bike there or walk if possible. Not only does this lower your carbon footprint and protect the environment, but exercise is also good for your health. Pollution is one of the reasons for global warming and gas pollution from cars is big. So if possible use alternate means of transportation for yourself and the earth.
Consume less energy
As a country, we use a lot of energy. We can do our due diligence at home and save energy by making a few changes to our daily lives. On Earth day many people try to find ways to conserve energy when it is something that should be done everyday. Energy conservation can be as simple as turning off lights or appliances when you do not need them. You can also install LED lights, reduce your water heating expenses or set your thermostat to the recommended temperature.
The average American throws out 4.4 pounds of trash a day, but what is thrown out is only 30% of the waste generated. We also generate 21.5 million tons of food waste each year which can actually be composted. When thinking about what to throw out, first think if it can be reused, re-purposed or donated. We can also reduce our waste by recycling correctly because on average only 9% of recyclable plastics are actually recycled. This is because any sign of contamination will result in it not being able to be recycled. Anything from food to liquid left on the plastic means it wont get recycled. In order to waste less we can try to reduce the amount of waste we produce which is the best way to help the environment.
Our earth is our home and we must protect it and treat it with love and gratitude. We should appreciate the beautiful land we live on because it is a beautiful one indeed. Taking these few steps to better our earth is a step in the right direction. So lets make Earth day everyday!
What daily tasks do you consider earth friendly?