12 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Every Day
Happy Earth Day!
Today is one of my favorite days of the year because, for at least 24 hours, significantly more people are aware of the impact they have on the environment and actively work to lessen that impact. But Earth Day is only one of 365 days. What if everyone did as much as they do on Earth Day every single day of the year? Think of how much difference we could make.
I’ve got 12 ways you can celebrate Earth Day every day and make an even bigger difference in your community and our world.
- Go cruelty free + plant-based in your beauty products! The Rescue and Freedom Project (formally the Beagle Freedom Project) has great resources to help in finding brands that do not test on animals.
- #MeatlessMonday but, like, more. Having Meatless Monday is awesome! Eating meat one less day per week makes a huge impact. If you’re already familiar with the concept and do it often, then take it a step further. Try making at least one of your weekend days meatless, too. Challenge mode, go out for a completely vegan brunch. If you’ve never heard of it before, try giving meat a rest one day a week.
- Remember to recycle your empty beauty products. This one might seem silly but did you know that less than 50% of your empties actually get recycled? It’s unfortunate but true. DoSomething.org has an amazing guide and challenge for recycling. If you’re still a student, you can even win a scholarship just for recycling!
- Refuse the Straw! Join the Last Plastic Straw movement and refuse plastic drinking straws when eating out. We use over 500 million straws in the US every single day. Let’s make that number smaller one straw at a time by saying “No straw, please” when ordering our drinks. Have sensitive teeth or something that requires you using a straw? Think about investing in a metal or other reusable straw to keep with you!
- Use Earth Friendly cleaning products. There really is a subscription service for everything these days. Grove Collaborative lets you do a subscription service for earth-friendly cleaning and beauty products. From keeping the bathroom clean and super green, to having reusable wool dryer balls, and even reusable beeswax food packaging, Grove Collaborative keeps our house (and ourselves!) clean and green. Extra win? Because it’s all green, I’m never too worried about cleaning products with my pups. Use my referral link and get a free 5 piece gift set with your first purchase! Click here to redeem.
- Reusable Water Bottles seem pretty logical at this point but they’re important to remember anyway. Plastic water bottles take 450 years to decompose. And even when they do, they’ve absorbed toxins by then which get released back into the earth, the oceans, and more. Spend a couple of bucks on a sturdy metal or plastic water bottle to take with you instead.
- Compost. Yes, even if you live in a city you can compost. Many farmer’s markets offer a composting service where you bring your compost to them. Ari and I are members of Collective Resource, who drops off a clean bucket to us every 2 weeks and hauls our old one away. We keep food scraps out of landfills and, honestly, eat much more responsibly as result.
- Plant Pollinator friendly flowers! Where you can, plant flowers that help your local pollinators. You might not be able to plant a full garden but even a window box can give your local bees a place to get more yummy nectar and give them more purpose.
- Buy honey made from local bees. This is my favorite allergy hack as well. Honey made from local bees is good for you and for them. I’ll spare readers the Great Honey Debate of the vegan community and simply say that I do eat honey. Supporting local beekeepers keeps colonies in your community healthy and thriving. And eating honey made by local bees can help your seasonal outdoor allergies! It’s a win win for everyone involved.
- Don’t recycle your plastic bags curbside. Plastic grocery bags aren’t recyclable in a curbside program. These are too lightweight and often jam machines, and more. So recycling plastic shopping bags in your curbside bin can actually do more harm than good! Save your plastic bags and return them to the store, your Peapod driver, or other participating facilities that ensure your plastic bags get returned to the right place in the right way. If you want to get extra creative, you can even turn them into plarn (plastic yarn) and crochet sleeping mats for the homeless or any other number of fun other products. Rock a plarn sunhat this summer on the beach!
- Turn off lights. What if someone turned you on and then left the room? Sounds pretty terrible if you ask me. So don’t do that to lights! If you’re not in the room, turn the light off. And unplug appliances you aren’t currently using. I promise, your toaster will still be there and work if you only plug it in when you’re making toast. Even better, your electric bill will go down the more you unplug or turn off!
- Join a Community Garden. Whether you’re looking to grow vegetables or a prize rose bush, find a community garden that aligns with your gardening goals and join up with them! Gardening can be such a relaxing activity and it offers more green space in cities, gives you a chance to meet your neighbors in a whole new way, and even grow your own food, should you choose to go that route.
We can really make a difference if we all team up to help our Earth. After all, it’s the only one we have. So while you’re celebrating Earth Day today, think about what sustainable practices you can bring into your everyday life. Let me know in the comments which practices you have to help save the planet!
Looking for other great earth-friendly products? Here are my favorite water bottles, cleaning products, and more.