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25 WAYS TO HELP THE EARTH DURING EARTH MONTH

Earth Day, the 22nd day of April each year, marks the beginning of the environmental movement that began in 1970. Earth Day originated as a wake up call to people and big companies, vocalizing concern against oil spills, pollution, leaded toxic waste, loss of wilderness, and the uprise of a single use life. 

Earth Day marks a very important day for change. Earth Day helped the passing of the first of many environmental acts including the National Environmental Education Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Endangered Species Act. 

Earth month is the month of April, bringing awareness to environmental issues and how we can be better to the planet, for more than just one day a year. It gives us the chance to start fresh, like the true season of Spring. A chance to create change and try to help the Earth in new ways, the best we can. 

  1. Switch to a reusable safety razor with recyclable blades
  2. Use veggie scraps to make a soup broth
  3. Regrow your food scraps (celery, lettuce, leaks, onions, potatoes)
  4. Start a vermiculture compost or backyard compost
  5. Advocate for composting and compost education in your community.
  6. Support shops that are going plastic free, and actively trying to lower their environmental impact.
  7. Make a zero waste bathroom switch – such as bar soap instead of liquid, reusable facial tissues, plastic free toothpaste, or sustainable toothbrush.
  8. Try meatless meals more often.
  9. Use produce bags and bag your own groceries!
  10. Switch to natural and plastic free sunscreen before the sunny weather! (Buy my handmade natural sunscreen for $12 – coming soon to this website)!
  11. Grow a vegetable garden, no matter how small.
  12. Always turn off the lights when you leave a room.
  13. Don’t run the water longer than you need to.
  14. Switch to sustainable pet products, like compostable cat litter or dog bags.
  15. Pick up trash when you see it outside.
  16. Learn about a species that is misunderstood.
  17. Buy your coffee from a sustainable source, fair trade, compostable packaging, plastic free, and/or carbon neutral footprint.
  18. Put a bee watering hole out early (they are waking up and are thirsty)
  19. Make a DIY bee/pollinator house to put in your garden, backyard, or nearby park. 
  20. Leave the leaves in your yard until the weather is consistently above 10-15 degrees. Butterflies and other pollinators nest and lay eggs in leaves over winter. Leave to leaves and you will help the bees! 
  21. Donate old clothes and use textile recycling for those that can’t be reused. 
  22. Stop wish-cycling (the act of “wishing” items are recyclable and recycling them without knowing if they actually are or not).
  23. Buy more in season produce, grown locally.
  24. Use reusable coffee and tea filters
  25. Participate in my 20 day Earth clean up (starting today)!

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