Earth Day: 148+ Ways To Show The Earth A Little Love
In honor of Earth Day, we wanted to share some of our ways to show our beautiful Earth a little love, today and every day. Okay, maybe not SOME of our favorites . . . it’s ALL of them, because well, why not give you all the amazing, easy and (mostly) free ways to help make a difference.
By tweaking a few things in our lifestyles, we will have less of an impact on Mother Earth so that our ONE planet is can help sustain the human race forever. By leading unsustainable lives, we are contributing to all sorts of terrible things like deforestation, global warming, overpopulation, toxic overload, overcrowding, etc. Just like how every decision we make in life can either bring us closer or further away from our dreams, our optimal health, or our goals, the same goes with the Earth. Everything we do is either hurting it or helping it. While it’s not impossible to live a life that actually has a 100% positive affect on our Earth once we’re gone, it’s really not that hard to make some small changes that can help lessen our overall environmental impact.
It’s not all about the Earth though . . . most of these tips will help you save some money (cha-ching!), save you time (holla!), you may lose some weight and be healthier (SCORE!), and you’ll have a newfound appreciation for life and our beautiful planet because life will be a little simpler (in a good way).
Now, don’t get overwhelmed thinking that you need to completely rehaul your lifestyle today or ever really, but instead use it as a guide or a challenge to start making your way towards a more eco-friendly and kind lifestyle. Choose one or two things that seem effortless right now, master them, and make them habits. Then pick a few more and just keep going. Before long, you'll be an expert!
The most important takeaway is that you CAN make a difference. The little things you do each day definitely add up (it’s the Compound Effect working its magic). So by showing the Earth some love in even small ways, we are putting out so many incredible, positive vibes out into the universe and showing it that we are here to live life in a big and happy way that will make a difference along the way.
Recycle plastic, cardboard, paper, aluminum cans, bottles, electronics, etc.
Don’t fall for the vampire power trap. Turn electrical items off at the power point. Even when it’s plugged in, it’s still using energy.
Use cold water when washing dishes and clothes.
Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins.
Make your own cleaning products using vinegar, lemon, and water.
Save glass jars and reuse them.
Batch cook! When you use the oven, bake or cook lots of items at once so you don’t waste energy cooking just one item.
Take shorter and colder showers.
Keep an eye on your thermostat.
Use a smart thermostat that you can control from your phone!
Beware of inadequate attic insulation. It can eat up your electricity bill if you’re having to heat all that.
During house remodels, use eco-friendly insulation.
Cover your home in beautiful plants to absorb carbon dioxide and other household toxins.
Repair leaky faucets.
Install a water filter in your home to purify your tap water.
Keep your refrigerator full to save it from cooling just a bunch of ‘air’.
Only wash the dishes when you have a full load.
Same with laundry!
Use PVC-free shower curtains and curtain liners. PVC is a toxic chemical.
Use essential oils instead of toxic sprays to make your home smell beautiful.
Clean the dryer vent often so your dryer runs more efficiently.
Opt for front loading washer and dryer machines.
When you need to purchase any new appliances, search for energy efficient ones.
Look for eco-friendly, low VOC paint which releases fewer chemicals.
Cover your pool when it’s not in use.
Make your own holiday decorations from reusable materials then reuse them every year!
Don’t leave the water running unnecessarily.
It may sound gross, but invoke the ‘If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down’ rule.
Invest in solar panels.
Or a windmill.
Use LED lighting instead of incandescent light bulbs.
Use solar energy chargers for your electronics.
Hang clothes to dry instead of using the dryer.
Get rid of the plastic trash can and bin liners. Just wash them out once a week instead.
Compost your food scraps.
Turn down your water heater.
Live off-the-grid if you can.
Instead of cleaning up spills with paper towels, use re-washable rags.
Install a water-saving shower head.
Avoid using the heater during the winter or just turn it down real low.
Put a sticker on your mailbox that says ‘No Junk Mail Please’.
Cancel any mailing subscriptions you don’t want.
Request all your bills be sent via email instead of mail.
Utilize natural light coming into your home during the daytime.
Turn the lights off when you don’t NEED them.
Install a dimmer. If you can’t turn your lights off all the way or could use a little more ‘mood lighting’, use a dimmer!
Yard + Gardening
Grow your own herbs, fruit, and vegetables.
Pull weeds by hand instead of using toxic herbicides.
Compost your food scraps and use it on your gardens.
To keep your home cool in the summer, plant shade trees on the south side of the house.
Get a rain barrel to capture water for your garden or yard.
Plant some trees because they are amazing.
Choose the right type of grass for your climate.
Opt for energy saving mowers and trimmers.
Use mulch to protect the soil and conserve water.
Avoid using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.
Purchase plants that are drought resistant.
Food + Drink
Purchase some reusable silverware to carry with you so you can ditch the plastic silverware.
Stop using straws and coffee stirrers.
Get rid of plastic food containers.
If you like eating eggs, raise some chickens.
Read the labels of your food. The fewer ingredients it has the better it is for you and the environment.
Shop at the farmer's market for your food so you can get it locally instead of at the grocery store.
Take your own coffee mug to coffee shops.
Prepare home cooked meals to avoid disposable takeaway plastic containers.
Avoid eating animal by-products or just eat less meat and dairy.
Use reusable water bottles instead of plastic water bottles.
When using a reusable water bottle, opt for glass instead of plastic to avoid toxins.
Eat foods with minimal chemicals and processing, like GMO-free and organic foods.
Take your workout outside instead of using electronic gym equipment.
Lift heavy items around your home instead of purchasing a set of weights.
Air dry your hair instead of using your hair dryer.
Grow some aloe vera so you can use the gel for a moisturizer and sunburn relief.
Make use of items in your kitchen like eggs, oatmeal, avocado, etc for your beauty needs.
Avoid face cleanser wipes.
Use natural and organic make-up and beauty products. Read the labels!
Instead of a toxic deep conditioner for your hair, use coconut oil!
For your facial cleanser, use coconut oil and a washcloth.
Use apple cider vinegar (ACV) and water for your facial toner.
Use baking soda, coconut oil, and essential oil for your toothpaste.
Follow a more minimalist wardrobe like a capsule wardrobe so then you own less but better quality items.
Mend clothes and try to fix items instead of just throwing it out and buying new.
Repurpose old clothing items when possible.
Don’t wear your clothing one time then put it in the dirty clothes, wear it a few times before you deem it to be ready to wash.
Donate clothes to charity instead of throwing them away.
When you do purchase fashion items, make sure to shop kind + ethical.
Avoid buying things that you don’t really need so you’re not adding to waste.
Nix the plastics bags. Bring reusable shopping bags when going shopping.
Take your reusable water bottle when you run errands or will have a long day so you’re not tempted to purchase one.
Do your research on items you buy so that you can get the best option for your needs and one that’s eco-friendly.
Buy second-hand products whenever possible.
Save all gift bags, tissue paper, gift boxes, bows, ribbons and all that jazz so that you can reuse them.
Before you check out at any store, take a scan of your cart to see if there are any items you can switch from conventional to a more natural alternative.
Avoid flame retardant products and clothing so you have less exposure to toxic chemicals.
Borrow other items that you will only need once or twice rather than purchasing them.
Instead of buying books try to obtain the information you need online or borrow the book from your local library.
Avoid purchasing anything in single-use disposable containers.
Purchase items with longevity in mind and ones that are made to last.
Buy items in bulk when you can.
Vote with your dollars by spending your money with companies that are environmentally + ethically conscious.
It’s obvious but, walk or bike whenever possible.
Use public transport if locations are not in walking or cycling distance.
If you need a car, purchase the most eco-friendly and fuel efficient vehicle you can afford.
Drive less by planning ahead so you can only make one trip out with the car every so often.
Take the most efficient route possible when driving.
Clean out your car so your car weighs less and uses less fuel.
Drive environmentally friendly by avoiding braking too hard or accelerating too fast.
Make sure your tires are pumped up at all times so your car can run more fuel efficient.
Keep your car serviced and maintained regularly to help with efficiency.
Don’t leave your car idling.
At The Office
Print only when you MUST.
And when you do need to print, purchase recycled paper for the printer.
Try to use wide margins, smaller font, and less spacing so you can get the most out of the paper.
Print double sided.
Recycle ink cartridges and toner cartridges.
Recycle your paper, cardboard, print cartridges, electronics and more.
Encourage your co-workers and employees to use their own mugs and cups instead of using disposable cups when making coffee, tea or getting water.
If computers and other electronics are not in use, make sure they quickly go into power or energy-saving mode.
Try and maintain a paperless office.
Fax as little as you can and scan to email instead.
Encourage people to unplug all electronics before leaving the office.
If you’re in a higher management position, allow people the opportunity to work from home. This helps people save on commuting costs.
If you are traveling by plane, offset your carbon emissions. Most airlines offer this.
Don’t buy souvenirs you don’t need or will never use.
Pack your reusable items like coffee mugs, water bottles, soap, toothpaste, shampoo, and conditioner, etc to avoid purchasing disposable items or using the plastic-wrapped hotel amenities.
Clean up after yourself wherever you go. Especially out in nature.
Be a tourist in your hometown instead of traveling far sometimes. Here are 22 ways to do it.
Choose eco-friendly accommodation.
Don’t leave towels lying on your hotel floor. Hang them up so you can reuse them.
During your travels, commute on public transport, tourist buses or carpool rather than hiring private cars or taxis.
Avoid plastic liners in kitty litter. Just wash it out when you need to.
Try homemade flea and tick solutions like vinegar, lemon juice and water instead of toxic ones.
Find alternatives to plastic packaged pet food by either purchasing meat from the butcher or boxed food.
Become a member of your favorite environmental organizations.
Or donate to your favorite environmental organizations.
Or become an advocate for your favorite environmental organizations.
Share what you’re doing with your loved ones and see what you can team up to do together.
Always say no to styrofoam.
Use cloth diapers on your kiddos to save money and waste!
Don't litter. Ever.
Spring clean your life every few months instead of just in the spring.
Remember, we must BE the change that we wish to see in the world. Earth is flippin' cool, and it's our home. Let's keep it that way :)