5 Easy Ways To Celebrate Earth Day 2019
Chances are that each year Earth Day comes and goes and most of us don't even realize. We celebrate birthdays, Christmas, Valentine's Day and a slew of other holidays with zeal and zest; so, why not Earth Day? The Earth is truly the one thing we all have in common, and we should celebrate and cherish it!
There has been so much talk about climate change and corporate sustainability in the last couple of years and it can often feel like a losing battle. But, the truth is, there are little things we can do on Earth Day and everyday that can make a big impact! While we may not end carbon emissions worldwide, we can reduce our own personal carbon footprint!
Before we dive into our favorite activities for Earth Day, let's remember how Earth Day got its start.
Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. The idea for the first Earth Day was proposed by a senator from Wisconsin after he witnessed the devastating effects of an oil spill in California. He saw the potential benefits of Earth Day, a national holiday aimed at educating the masses on environmental issues.
Now, we celebrate Earth Day each April. There are poster and poem contests in schools, fundraisers and town fairs, and a ton of other Earth Day events around the country.
There are also a ton of ways you can celebrate Earth Day on your own!
We've rounded up our top 5 favorite tips for living more sustainably this Earth Day:
1. Invest In Re-Usable Make Up Wipes
Reusable make-up wipes are a great way to reduce your waste while also giving your wallet a break! Plus, you'll never run out of make-up wipes again! Our Make-Up Removing Cloths are a great option. Just add water to wipe away the dirt of the day. This small investment is a great way to celebrate Earth Day and also treat yourself and your beauty routine to a new upgrade!
2. Do A Yard / Block / Town Clean Up
When we think of Earth Day, several outdoor activities probably come to mind. This is the perfect outdoor activity for Earth Day 2019! Next time you are bored at home, take a bag outside and clean up all the trash you can find in your yard. You might be surprised at how much you can find! Feeling more inspired? Gather everyone on you block or even organize a town-wide Earth Day clean-up! An office clean up is also an easy way to get your co-workers involved to celebrate Earth Day at work!
3. Invest in a Re-Usable Coffee Mug & Water Bottle
We know you all drink coffee, tea, and water everyday. We all do, and it can be so tempting to stop at Starbucks or the closest cafe to grab a quick sip to go. But this is not economically friendly or budget friendly! Our rule of thumb is to avoid as many single-use items as possible. About half of all plastic waste in the US is designed for single use.
4. Start Your Own Herb Garden
This one is a little more advanced, but a lot more rewarding! Each time you buy fresh herbs from the store you are paying a surcharge for cost of labor, cost of packaging, cost of transport, and so much more! Not to mention the plastic and other packaging that you will discard after you are finished with it. Instead, invest in a few small herb plants. This is a great way to add some life to your kitchen while also saving money and reducing the amount of waste you produce! Check out this adorable colorful herb garden DIY from A Beautiful Mess.
5. Eat In More Than You Go Out
We are probably all guilty of eating out more than we need to. Restaurants are one of the leading causes of food waste in the United States. Serving sizes are often too large to finish, and the extra food is either thrown away or taken home in a plastic or styrofoam container. This Earth Day, prepare a meal at home (maybe using your home grown herbs) instead of dining out.
So, this Earth Day, join the millions of people worldwide who already understand that a lot of small changes can add up to one big change! Let's come together to change the mindset that we, personally, can't make a difference and instead shout a message of optimism and sustainability!
Happy Earth Day!