6 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day
There’s so much you can do to help protect and restore our planet – from joining a local cleanup, reduce, reuse, recycle, being mindful and aware of each item you use and buy and aware of the sourcing. With that said, here are a few easy changes you can do that the Earth will appreciate immensely. And don’t forget to step back, take a deep breath and appreciate Earth in all its splendor.
Get a recyclable water bottle
The US alone consumes 50 BILLION plastic water bottles annually! Most of these bottles are not recycled and end up in landfills, oceans, lakes, streams, etc., which harms organisms and the environment. Production of plastic water bottles uses 17 million barrels of gasoline, which would be enough to power 1.3 million cars for a year. And we use even more energy transporting water bottles, and then recycling them.
My personal favorite is Hydro Flask. They are a great multi-use bottle, and work for hot and cold beverages. I like taking mine to the beach. The bottles have really good thermal insulation properties, and keeps my ice water cold without sweating. Also, it’s super lightweight for when I am shark tooth hunting.
Earth is the ultimate recycler, it reuses everything that it creates with a little help from the Sun. Composting biodegradable food and materials is a great way to feed soil, organisms in the soil and plant life while reducing waste.
How to compost: All compostable materials are either carbon or nitrogen-based, to varying degrees. The secret to a healthy compost pile is to maintain a working balance between these two elements.
Carbon-rich matter (like branches, stems, dried leaves, peels, bits of wood, bark dust or sawdust pellets, shredded brown paper bags, corn stalks, coffee filters, coffee grounds, conifer needles, egg shells, straw, peat moss, wood ash) gives compost its light, fluffy body.
Nitrogen or protein-rich matter (manures, food scraps, green lawn clippings, kitchen waste, and green leaves) provides raw materials for making enzymes.
Plant a Garden
Not only is it satisfying watching the fruits of my labor grow, but having produce at your convenience to make guac whenever you want is an added bonus! Keep in mind, using natural alternatives instead of the toxic-filled pesticides is an absolute necessity to save the bees. Farmers must be aware that the wildlife habitats of these insects must be preserved.
Wondercide is a natural pest repellent, that kills hundreds of common pests, including mosquitoes, ants, fleas, ticks, roaches, flies, scorpions, chiggers, crickets, chinch bugs, Japanese beetles – (which are invasion and kill native US trees), no-see-ums and gnats. This spray is safe for beneficial insects like butterflies and bees.
Be the one who nurtures and builds. Flowers provide bees with nectar and pollen, which worker bees collect to feed their entire colonies. Bees provide flowers with the means to reproduce, by spreading pollen from flower to flower in a process called pollination. Without pollination, plants cannot create seeds
According to True Activist, “The loss of bees on this earth will be a disaster for mankind because they are irreplaceable insects. The relation that bees have to all flowering plants is the most interdependent, cooperative, harmonious and important things on the planet. This relationship has lasted for over 100 million years, which led to the creation of all the diverse species we have in nature. Having all these readily available species have also promoted the human species through food and nutrients.”
First, get a reusable grocery bag to limit all the plastic produced in the world.
Then try to buy fresh foods that you can carry in reusable containers. For instance, fresh fruits and vegetables that don’t come prepackaged. Also, nuts, dried fruit, coffee beans and other dry goods can generally be purchased from bulk containers. By using reusable containers, you’re further reducing the amount of plastic in the world.
Lastly, try to buy local, ethical and environmentally sustainable products. If you can't go local, go ethical and sustainable.
One of the biggest culprits in the fashion industry is “fast fashion,” or clothes made cheaply to meet demands for the hip new styles. This type of lifestyle trend is putting our future planet at risk, rather than choosing clothes and materials engineered to last longer.
Sustainable Fashion: Some of the most sustainable materials are natural fibers (hemp, linen, and bamboo).
Sustainable fashion takes into account the entire supply chain and life cycle of a garment, from where and how it is made to when it ends up in our landfills. It is important for consumers to think about how their purchase affects the environment, the lifecycle of their clothing, and how to invest in clothes that last longer.
Ditch Cheap Fashion: Did you know that it can take up to 200 years for that garment to decompose. That’s because these cheap synthetics fibers (polyester, nylon, spandex) are not grown naturally, and instead come from chemicals and polymers.
Micro plastics are a huge concern for not only the environment, but also our health. These synthetic fibers are forms of plastic, and every time you wash fabrics made from these fibers, micro plastics are breaking off, and many eventually end up in the oceans, ocean life, and our mouths.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Make sure you set aside a lot of time to enjoy nature this Earth Day. Go for a hike, walk or run around the block, cruise on your bike, kayak at a nearby launching area, outdoor yoga, watercolor, go to the beach and breathe in the salty air, or just sit outside and appreciate the moment.
We all have so much to be thankful for. We're lucky to live on such an incredibly perfect planet, where the air is exactly the mix of chemicals we need, there's lots of water, and the temperature is just right. She puts up with quite a lot to protect all of us, and allow us to sustain life of all those circumstances that foster life as we know it.
Let’s show her some love back.