It’s Earth Day! Critics of Earth Day say that you can’t dedicate a single day to the Earth and expect things to improve, and I couldn’t agree more. For me, Earth Day is more about getting inspired and reflective. It’s a day to think about our impact on this planet and ways we can reduce it. Today’s inspiration board is all about reducing waste and being kind to the planet.
- Cook. Take out is incredibly wasteful between the disposable containers, throw away utensils, paper napkins, and tiny sauce packets. Preparing fresh food in your own kitchen, like ReneS, can help you reduce waste, save money, and eat more healthily than ordering delivery.
- Go vegan. Meat production comes with a hefty carbon foodprint. On top of that, it’s incredibly inefficient in terms of water and land use. If going vegan is way too much to handle, think about at least including more plant foods, like these veggie skewers from perturbao, in your diet and treating animal products as a sometimes food.
- Compost. Food waste produces nitrogen in the landfill, a greenhouse gas many times more harmful than CO2. Composting turns all of those food scraps into nutritious food for your garden, as normanack is showing off. Even apartment dwellers can get in on the composting action!
- Grow your own food. It doesn’t get more local than food from your own back yard, balcony, or windowsill. Whether you have huge beds or a few pots of herbs, growing some of your own food is healthy, rewarding, and good for the Earth.
- Ride a bike. Our cars are some of the biggest polluters on the planet. For short trips, your bike is a great, eco-friendly alternative that’s healthy for you, too. Bike by the Sea is showing off how bikes can be chic as well as good for the planet.
- Choose reusables. Opting for cloth napkins, reusable utensils, and rags instead of paper towels keeps tons of waste out of the landfill and saves you money in the long run!
Of course, these are just some jumping off points for greener living, and I know you seasoned greenies probably have tips of your own. I’d love to hear what you guys are doing to lighten your footprints this Earth Day!
Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by normanack
Hi there! My name is Becky Striepe (pronounced “stree-pee,” like “sleepy”), and I am a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. My life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Check out my new book: 40 Days of Green Smoothies!