Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Everyday!

22 Apr

FACT: In order to live sustainably, you have to be a hemp-wearing tree hugger.  Ok, that’s so untrue.  For you to live a sustainable lifestyle, you have to be practical.  Check out this list of the Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Everyday, brought to you by Colleen Donnelly at Food, I Love You!

1.     Be a conscious eater.  Takeout King or Queen?  Cook at home once a week to reap the therapeutic benefits of cooking while cutting back on the packaging that’s wasted on to-go meals.  Go meatless one day per week to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 51%.

2.     Start your own organic urban garden.  How great would it be to have fresh fruits, veggies & herbs in your backyard or on a patio or windowsill?  You’ll be eating nutritious food free of pesticides and chemicals that do more harm to your body than good.

3.     Reuse your shopping bags.  Paper or plastic?  How about neither.  Bring reusable grocery bags to reduce your impact on landfills.

4.     Abide by the Dirty Dozen.  Don’t throw good money away.  Keep the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen by your side to remind you of what to organic fruits & veggies you should splurge on and what conventionally grown items are OK to consume.

5.     Plant a tree.  One tree might absorb as much as one ton of carbon over a 40-year lifespan.  Why not make it a lemon tree so you can make lemonade?

6.     Save water.  We’re such wasters of nature’s precious resources.  Only use the dishwasher when it’s full and be mindful of over watering your garden because you might actually kill your plants.

7.     Get physical.  Physical fitness boosts your mood.  Take a hike, ride a bike or practice yoga.  Outdoor fitness connects you with nature and allows you to create your own energy instead of wasting it at the gym.

8.     Stay local.  Dinner date downtown?  Cancel those plans for a restaurant within walking distance.  Support your local Farmer’s Market to beat the 15,000 miles produce can travel to get to your local grocery store.  And ask questions—there’s so much to learn from your local farmers!

9.     Recycle.  Preventing unnecessary trash in our landfills is easy.  Donate unwanted kitchen accessories and trinkets.  Throw a “swap” party with your friends.  After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

10.  Find a celebration in your neighborhood.  Get educated and find out how you can help: http://www.epa.gov/earthday/

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