Happy Earth Day! I love this day so much! It’s an important day and a good reminder of the fragility of the earth and our part in that. It’s an opportunity to search out new ways to use resources wisely and conserve what we do have. So, I’ve compiled a list of 5 really easy ways we can make the world a better place and care for our home. Now, go forth and challenge yourself to do these things on a regular basis!
1. Use reusable cloth shopping bags
This is a no-brainer! Nobody needs hundreds of paper and plastic bags floating around their homes, so opt for reusable cloth bags instead.
2. Frequent local businesses – grocery co-ops and farmers markets
Shopping locally isn’t just good for local businesses! By purchasing locally made items, you cut down on emissions from transporting things across the country and world.
3. Ride a bike or take the bus
Again, you can help cut down on vehicle emissions in your area. If you bike, you can also get in some good exercise!
4. Turn off lights, electronics, and faucets when not in use
This is another no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t take this simple step! If you already do this, take the next step and unplug things you’re not using! Use a power strip with an on/off switch and shut things down when you go to bed every night.
5. Bring your own travel mug on your coffee runs (some shops even offer discounts for this!)
This can’t always be pre-planned for (I usually end up at coffee shops on a whim, not out of habit or planning), but if you do have a regular habit of going to out for your coffee, it’s totally do-able!
If you already do some of these things, way to go! You’re conscious of the Earth’s fragility and you’re making a difference! Sometimes, though, we’re limited with what we can do (for instance, I live in a place where the bus doesn’t run and it’s too far to bike, so I have to drive to work), so I’d love to know what other things you do to live a green life! Please, share your thoughts and strategies in the comments!