Fellow Earthlings, the day to celebrate our planet is right around the corner! Earth Day is a special day to honor the place we all call home + to set some green goals and intentions.
Before we get crafty, let's get real. The world is densely overpopulated at 7.1 billion of us roaming the planet. With more people comes a greater need for resources. Said by the brilliant animal rights activist Philip Wollen, "The Earth can produce enough for everyone's need. But not enough for everyone's greed." Climate change, deforestation, world hunger, pollution and wars on resources ravage the planet that is home to all beings. This year, let's get smart and let's get GREEN to help do our part in bettering the world for ourselves and future generations. Find your very own Earth Day survival kit below, with tips to help you stay on Mother Earth's good side.
Carry a water bottle! I carry my trusty S'well water bottle EVERYWHERE I go, so that I don't have to buy plastic water bottles throughout the day. This will help you save money on water bottles while also limiting the use of plastic.
Use reusable grocery bags (and save 10 cents a piece). I like to keep them in the back seat of my car so I don't forget.
Carpool! Make traffic a little more bearable by bringing a buddy.
Pay a visit to your local farmer's market. Buying local goods helps support economies close to home and reduces emissions from transporting goods from far away.
Cleanliness is next to green-liness. Switch out chemical cleaners that contribute to indoor and outdoor pollution by using natural cleansers. My favorite homemade cleanser is water, white vinegar, and tea tree oil.
Go paperless. Pay your bills online to reduce the use of paper and other materials used in mail.
When you must use paper, print double sided and reuse scrap paper. I'm a student and there's nothing more silly to me than having to print a 30-page research paper versus submitting it electronically. But when I must, I make sure that I use both sides- it literally cuts your paper use down 50%.
Go Vegan for the week. Yeah, I went there. Did you know how much water goes into producing a burger? 441 gallons! That's six months worth of showering for one meal. Trust me, veggie burgers are just as good.
Happy (almost) Earth day friends! Please leave feedback and all of your favorite Earth friendly tips and tricks in the comments below. Remember: Green is the new black. Namaste.
"Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land." Aldo Leopold