5 Ways to Make the Earth a Better Place On Earth Day

 

If you’re like me you’ve been eagerly awaiting this day for the last 364 days, but fear not, Earth day has arrived. You’re probably swamped with events today considering this is a huge national holiday so, lucky you, this post is meant to apply not only to earth day, but every other day of the year as well. Here are five easy ways you can help the earth (and the creatures living on it) any day of the year.

 

1. Buy someone potted flowers

Buying someone flowers just because is a surefire way to brighten someone’s day. Stop by your parents house, drop some off with your girlfriend (or boyfriend for that matter - boys like flowers too), or bring some to your boss (this is also a great way to get a leg up for that promotion you’ve been wanting... just saying). But instead of just going to the drug store down the street, take a detour to your local nursery, or even a Home Depot to pick up some potted flowers. Potted plants are superior to cut flowers for many reasons: they stay alive longer, they’re less romantic so you could buy them for just about anyone, and they come with no waste, cut flowers come wrapped in plastic but a pot that comes with a potted plant can be reused again and again. Make the world a little brighter today by telling someone you appreciate them while giving a needy plant a loving home.

  

2. Plant your own herbs

Almost every recipe calls for some type of herb, however, we often buy way more of the herb than we need for the recipe. When I buy basil I’ll use about four leaves and throw the other twelve away because they dry out before I get a chance to use them. Then, about a month later I’ll repeat this process, creating more and more food and plastic waste each time. Planting herbs in your kitchen can help reduce the waste you create in your home each year. Having herbs in your kitchen will also make you happier and healthier since plants purify the air and are scientifically proven to calm your mind.

 

3. Pledge to go plastic free / buy yourself a water bottle or buy a reusable coffee cup

Chemicals contained in plastic are known to cause cancer, birth defects, hormone imbalances, and even obesity, so why are plastic products still so common? Plastic is taking over our oceans, our landfills, and our forests - it’s time we stop creating more of it. One of the best ways we can do this is through buying reusable containers, especially water bottles and coffee cups. Investing in these two items will not only benefit the earth, they’ll benefit you too! Let’s be honest, how many of us actually drink enough water in a day? Personally, I never drank water when I was out of the house before I bought a reusable water bottle. I just always forgot, but now, with my reusable water bottle, its a constant reminder to drink more water. If that doesn’t entice you, maybe a coffee cup will. Coffee shops, especially small, specialty ones, spend much more money on their disposable cups than you would think, so they’re always excited when a customer brings in their own reusable cup (trust me, I’m a barista).  And, lucky for you, they almost always give you a discount to say thank you. So this Earth Day, help your body and the earth and join me in pledging to go plastic free - at least when it comes to water bottles and coffee cups.

 

4. Cancel subscriptions

If buying stuff for yourself or others isn’t your ideal way to celebrate Earth Day then consider doing something a little more low key, like canceling unwanted subscriptions. I’m a sucker for owning physical magazines and books, so honestly I don’t blame you for keeping a few of your subscriptions, but sit down for around 30 minutes and see how many mailing lists you can take yourself off of. If even this seems like too much of a commitment or too much work, consider switching to ebills. It’ll only take you a few minutes to switch over your bills, and often times it will even save you money. Many companies, especially banks, charge an extra fee for receiving a physical bill, you’ll avoid this fee by switching to paperless.

 

5. Make your own bird feeder

If you’re looking for something cheap but a little more fun and hands on, look no further. A homemade bird feeder is a great way to help the earth and bring more wildlife to your yard. Learn how to make bird feeders with household items you probably already have in my next post!