Happy Earth Day, beauties! I woke up feeling extremely grateful for where I live, and not just in a literal sense. Yes, I love my house, but planet earth is what we all call home. Earth is where I get to live. I can swim in oceans, and climb in trees. I can travel, visit beautiful places, and explore. I get to meet people from different lands, that speak different languages. I can try new foods that are grown and prepared in amazing, delicious ways. How freaking awesome is that?! Unfortunately, through another perspective, day after day we hear about all sorts of terrible things that are happening to our planet. Whether it be a major drought happening in our own home state, a natural disaster, global warming, or something else. I am not here to be Debbie Downer, but I am here to do my part in sharing what we can all do to help save our planet, one step at a time. This Greek proverb is great for both Earth Day, and each day after, "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."
- Ditch the plastic bags! Use a cute, eco-friendly tote each time you go to the grocery store.
- Recycle! Yes, we hear this one often, but how do we do it? Sort your trash vs. recyclable items. For more information on this, read here.
- Minimize the use of your automobile. Bike or walk to work (great for your health, too), or carpool with a buddy.
- Reduce your water intake. Especially for us Californians! Turn off your water when your brushing your teeth, when it's yellow let it mellow, fix your leaky toilet/sink/shower/tub, have a drought toletrant lawn, take your car to the car wash (they typically use half the amount of water that we would use at home), only run your dishwasher when it is absolutely full, go vegetarian at least once a week (1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into producing a single pound of beef, not to mention the health benefits, and that you'll be helping animals).
- Minimize your plastic by using reusable bottles, lunch boxes, cutlery, napkins, etc.
- Compost. Reducing the amount of solid waste means that we are taking up less space in our landfills. PLUS, compost is a great natural fertilizer, and is super easy.
- Online billing is the way to go. Not only is it easier, but think of all the trees we can save!
- Shop local! For food, head to your farmer's market or local CSA. In general, this helps the environment, but also financially supports your community.
These are just a few simple ways we can give back, and help support the earth we all live on. What are some ways you like to help our planet?
Have a great Earth Day!