I love Earth Day. It’s the day I can let my crazy shine! My eco-friendly crazy, that is.
I struggle like everyone else between convenience and doing the right thing. In a busy world, where so much has been made really simple for us, sometimes it’s hard to go “backwards.” But I urge you to think about your children and their children and the kind of earth we want to leave them.
So for Earth Day, I urge you to implement at least ONE new eco-friendly routine into your life.
Here are 3 Things You Can do TODAY to become a better Steward of the Earth for Earth Day 2015 and Every Day
1. Exchange all of the juice boxes and wrappers for re-usable drink containers
You can find re-useable water bottles at almost any store. I picked up 3 for my kids at Michael’s yesterday for $1.50 each. If you’re concerned about plastics and chemicals within, you can certainly find some higher quality bottles. According to the website Green Choices, “Between a quarter and a third of all domestic waste is packaging: much of this is food packaging. It’s difficult to recycle, too. ”
I know it’s easier to grab a juice box and throw it in the kids lunch, or to just buy a big box of drink pouches for birthday parties, etc. Trust me, I’m guilty too. But when I see all the wrappers, it makes me really sad. So much waste. It’s expensive, and it’s harmful.
So I challenge you to go out and get your reusable bottles, start buying large bottles of juice and having your kids drink from re-useable containers. As an added bonus, you’ll save a lot of MONEY too! (And it really doesn’t take me that long to fill up their juice bottle rather than just tossing in a prepackaged drink.)
2. Plant Some Seeds!
This one is not only easy, but it’s really fun to get down and dirty with the kids. Bev from Linkouture has a really great post about Gardening with Your Toddler. Be sure to check that out for some great tips on gardening with little ones.
3. Pledge An Act of Green
As part of the A Billion Acts of Green program, you can visit the Earth Day Energy Center and set up a plan to reduce and save energy in your home, through easy steps. They also provide rebates and deals on energy saving programs (like replacing your water heater, etc), you can link your utilities to track your energy usage, and so many more tools to help you reduce your energy consumption.
BONUS TIP. Stop buying individually packaged snacks.
I know, I know… now I’m really asking a lot. But the caveat here is not to replace it with ziploc baggies. Rather, reusable containers again. It’s so convenient to throw in a little bag of chips, cookies, whatever the favorite snack is into the lunch bag. But Oh. My. LANDFILL. They create SO MUCH TRASH. And it’s not going to break down over time. Reusable containers are easy to find and inexpensive. And it’s a one time expense. Again, saves you money, saves the environment. WIN WIN.
There really are many easy ways that make BIG differences. Please consider taking one or MORE small steps today for a healthier planet.
What are your favorite ways to be GREEN?
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