Around the world we have celebrated the earth on April 22nd every year since 1970. This marks the birth of the environmental movement when 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to call for cleaner air, better sewage systems, toxic spill cleanups, and more.
This post is all about what you can reduce, reuse, or recycle to make the world a better place today for the next generation.
Reducing is all about lessening human waste and the effects we have on the planet. For example, let’s say you go out and have a nice steak for dinner. Did you drive to a restaurant that’s a couple of blocks away? You could have walked and saved gas. Where is the steak from? If it’s local beef, you cut back on the environmental expenses that went into rendering the beef ready for consumption, as well as transporting it across the US to the destination. Did you use paper napkins? Those napkins were once trees. Get a sense of how much energy you use with the Carbon Footprint calculator.
Reusing is about repurposing things that are still usable. Let’s say that after that steak dinner, you spend the night in a hotel. The next morning, do you request all new linens and towels, even though you barely used them? Do you wash those jeans you only wore for an hour at dinner? There are good ways to reuse things, which can cut back on waste in a variety of waste, such as laundry soap for our hotel example. Here are ideas for other things you can reuse.
Recycling is about finding new uses for old things. Maybe after the steak dinner and the night in the hotel, you’re left with a variety of souvenirs. Do you throw away the menu, the hotel pamphlet, and the ticket stubs from the movie you saw after dinner? Even better if you take all those paper scraps and make a memory box. Check out our Pinterest board for even more ways to recycle for fun.
Make this Earth Day into Earth Year and change the way you live your life for the better. The Earth will thank you!