Celebrating Earth Day with some TLC for the planet

(artwork credit: Dana Gray)

We talk a lot about health and wellness here at The Sisterhood. Healthy minds. Healthy bodies. Healthy choices. Living a healthy lifestyle. Today, as the world observes Earth Day, we want to take a little time to talk about ways YOU can contribute to a healthy planet.

I love this list of  10 Honestly Easy Things You Can Do on Earth Day and Every Day from Environmental Media Associates. Maybe some things here you are already in the habit of. Others might take a little concentrated effort. We owe it to the planet to do our part, don’t you think?

1. Unplug electronics that you don’t use everyday – and even some you do, like hair dryers. Even though they aren’t in use, electronics still use up energy if they’re plugged in.

2. All those reusable bags you’ve been collecting – spread them out! Keep some in your car. Give a few to your neighbors. Have some at work.

3. Make a pledge to cut down on (or quit altogether) buying bottles of water. Get a reusable bottle! Being seen with one is all the rage.

4. Teach a kid about reusing, reducing, and recycling. Lessons today will turn to action tomorrow! Lead by example and get kids in the habit of distinguishing what goes inside the regular trash bin versus what goes in the recycle bin.

5. Turn off the lights! So easy to do — try and make it a regular habit when you leave a room.

6. Be more conscious of your water usage. Do you turn off the water when brushing your teeth? Do you wash laundry or run the dishwasher only when you have a full load? Have you fixed that leaky faucet? Those little drops of water can add up to buckets a day!

7. If you have to use your car today, try and do everything at once, starting with your furthest destination, then making your way back home with stops along the way rather than coming and going several times.

8. Change the light bulbs in your house to Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs). You’ll not only save energy, but a little bit of money on your electric bill, too.

9. Eat vegetarian for the day with produce purchased from local organic farms – or better yet, grown in your own backyard.

10. Plant a tree. Plant a garden.

Other ideas:

Make your own compost bin.

Make your own rain barrel.

Support local farmers by participating in Community Supported Agriculture.

Start a container garden and grow your own veggies! Here’s what ours looked like at the start of the season last year.

containers

How will you be observing Earth Day this year? Please share in the comments!

 

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  • Angie L

    My 8 yo daughter, 5 yo son, and husband cleaned out the lake at the end of our street (as far as we could reach). We probably got out 20lb of glass bottles plus plastic stuff and lots of trash. We had a great time mucking it up and cleaning it up.

    • Mary P. in Baltimore

      Angie, that is terrific! What a great thing for a family to do together!