Earth Day is April 22, and 2021 marks the 51st anniversary of the celebration. The modern environmental movement began in 1970 as a way to give a voice to the emerging support for environmental protection and raise awareness of the importance of long-term ecological sustainability. The holiday has become a global celebration focused on green living and honoring the planet.
Wondering how you can celebrate Earth Day this year? We’ve compiled a list of simple, yet meaningful, ways you can do your part to save the earth.
Use Alternative Transportation
The next time you need to go out, leave your car at home. Riding your bike or using public transportation even just for one day contributes to cleaner air and saves you money as an added bonus. So, enjoy the fresh air and walk the kids to school or catch up on your reading by taking a train or bus to the office.
Recycling helps protect the environment and fights climate change. When we recycle, we conserve resources, save energy, slow the spread of landfills and help create jobs. So, don’t toss your plastic, glass, and paper. Instead toss them in the recycling bin or bring your recyclables to the nearest recycling center and be rewarded with a little extra cash.
Wash Your Laundry in Cold Water
Most of the energy your washing machine uses goes towards heating the water. Washing just one load a week on the cold-water setting helps to save energy, and subsequently the planet. Reduce your carbon footprint and increase the longevity of your favorite clothes at the same time.
Buy a Reusable Coffee Cup
Skip the paper cup the next time you stop for a latte. Bring your own reusable cup to help reduce landfill waste. Make it a new habit and you could save five cups and lids over the course of just one week; that’s around 300 in one year!
Plugged in household appliances waste energy even when they’re not turned on. Take a few minutes to unplug coffee makers, toasters and even lamps when you’re not using them. Go one better, and skip turning on the TV for a day or two, and take a walk or play a board game with the family instead.
Plants naturally clean the air and ground, producing oxygen through photosynthesis. When you plant your own fruits, veggies and herbs, you’ll also be reducing your carbon footprint with less trips to the supermarket.
Bring Your Own Grocery Bags
Reduce the use of plastic bags, by bringing your own reusable shopping bags to the store. Skipping the plastic bags helps to reduce toxins in the environment, cut down on litter and protect wildlife.
Together we can make the planet a better place little by little.