ECO-FRIENDLY LIVING TIPS WE LEARNT FROM EARTH DAY
Earth Day celebrated it’s 50th anniversary yesterday (April 22nd 2020) and while we may not be able to come together physically to raise our voices, we can raise the noise digitally to demand climate action.
If this year has taught us anything, from Coronavirus, to the bush fires in Australia or the devastating weather conditions across the world, it’s that we need to look after our planet and build further awareness of climate change so we wanted to share some eco-friendly living tips which we learnt from this year’s Earth Day to inspire and help you on your journey of conscious living.
“Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 75,000 partners in over 190 countries to drive positive action for our planet.”
HERE ARE SOME TIPS OF HOW YOU CAN LIVE IN A MORE ECO-FRIENDLY WAY:
- Ditch plastic, especially single-use plastics like water bottles, takeaway food containers and utensils
- Limit your usage of disposable products like paper towels, plastic plates and coffee cups. Invest in reusable water bottles and coffee mugs
- Recycle whenever you can and aim to reduce your the amount of waste you produce
- Bring reusable bags with you when you go shopping
- Donate your old clothes to charity or recycled clothing collections and buy as much second-hand or vintage as you can
- Switch to environmentally-friendly, non-toxic cleaning and beauty products
- Limit all paper usage and switch to recycled paper, think; swap paper bills to online, read documents online instead of printing and limit photocopying
- Buy local, buy organic produce and support small businesses and local farms, or grow your own!
- Reduce your consumption of animal products including meat and dairy
- Save your kitchen scraps for compost, or make your own stock for cooking
- Save your water usage by taking shorter showers, fixing leaky pipes and running your appliances on cool, water saving modes either late at night or early in the morning
- Unplug and power off electronics and lights when they are not in use
- Reduce car journey’s and traveling wherever possible use public transportation, car share, ride your bike, take the stairs instead of the elevation or, even better, walk!
- Make your home more environmentally friendly by turning your thermostat down a couple of degrees, switching to renewable energy options and using energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs
- Install solar panels to your home
- Plant or donate a native tree in your local area
- Join campaigns online like Earth Day Network’s Protect Our Species, End Plastic Pollution, Foodprints for the Future, Extinction Rebellion and Greenpeace
- Do you know how eco-friendly your city is? Check out your local community initiatives and volunteer to help with green projects or awareness events (when restrictions are lifted!).
- In the meantime, why not get social and connect with like-minded environmentally aware people from near and far about climate change
We hope this gives you some ideas on where to start, or something else you can add to your daily routine. We know nobody is perfect but small changes we make as a collective will create big change, even if that means just stopping to pick up your reusable bags next time you go head out the door to go shopping.
We’d love to hear any of your eco-friendly tips, so feel free to share these in the comments below.
Together, we can save the Earth. The time is now <3