25 Ways to Honor Earth Day

April 4th, 2010

April 22 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, but it’s not just a daylong kind of thing. Grow new green habits to honor Earth Day each day.

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To help celebrate Earth Day, pick a few things you aren’t doing right now from the list below. (Click on words in bold to learn more.)

  1. Pick up litter, especially pesky plastic bags.
  2. Make a PDF of online shopping receipts instead of printing them.
  3. Skip the fast food. Pack your lunch in reusable containers instead.
  4. Make your own eco cleaners.
  5. Opt for online bill payments when available to save paper and gas.
  6. Eat a meatless meal, which saves water and other resources.
  7. Take your own bags when shopping. (Plastic bags require petroleum!)
  8. Enjoy a green hour each day with your kids.
  9. Reduce or give up paper towel usage.
  10. Make some meals from scratch to avoid packaging.
  11. Go to the farmer’s market for local food.
  12. Talk to your landlord about greening your rental.
  13. Choose at least a few organic items on each grocery shopping trip.
  14. Pick recycled paper.
  15. Use cloth napkins.
  16. Recycle #5 plastics too.
  17. Make your windows more energy efficient.
  18. Give reusable bags instead of paper gift bags.
  19. Reuse greeting cards or send ecards.
  20. Choose a good skylight for your home.
  21. Take a nature walk instead of driving to the movies.
  22. Turn your monitor off if you’ll be away from your computer for more than 20 minutes.
  23. Use an eco-friendly dish detergent.
  24. Avoid greenwash by reading ingredients and fine print.
  25. Attend the climate change rally in Washington, DC on April 25.

(image via sxc)


One Response to “25 Ways to Honor Earth Day”

  1. Jennifer on April 8, 2010 3:15 am

    Excellent suggestions. Even for not on board me. I like that there’s a mix of easy to do and harder to do stuff. Like I’ll do most of this, but prob won’t be heading to DC – my eco-jet is out of commission. Don’t you hate that ;)

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