Let’s use Earth Day as an excuse to pause and consider how well we are stewarding God’s beautiful creation- our planet Earth.

Here are some ideas to help your family have some fun on Earth Day, while also educating yourself on ways to better Reduce, Reuse, Refuse and Recycle this spring and beyond!

Here Are Great Ways to Celebrate & Feel Good About Helping Our Planet 🌎

1. Create a new earth-friendly habit for your family in 2021

What is one thing you could do to lessen your footprint on the planet right now?

  • Buy washable, reusable grocery bags to use instead of plastic. (My favorites are Envirosax.)
earth day farmers market

We loved our weekly outings to Uptown Farmers Market in Phoenix during quarantine!

  • Can you cut down on purchasing one-time-use disposables and single-use plastics such as bottled water? We stopped buying bottled water over a year ago and fill up reusable pitchers and individual stainless steel bottles instead.
  • My favorite habit we started during Covid quarantine was to begin composting thanks to Recycled City. Why not throw your food waste into a compost bin instead of the trash can contributing to your local food economy by creating fresh, chemical-free soil.

2. Get outside and enjoy an Earth Dayte

  • Visit a National Park since it’s also National Park Week this week! Get the details HERE
  • Go support a local farmers market or farm-to-table restaurant. Find your local farmer’s market or local food directory HERE
  • Take the kids on an Earth Day Scavenger Hunt or Color Walk around the neighborhood

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3. Stay inside and enjoy learning virtually

  • Play an online game to test your recycling knowledge HERE
  • Take a virtual tour of a Recycling Facility

Educate yourself on environmental issues by watching thought-provoking documentaries (These were recommended to me, but I have not personally watched them all yet. Reply to this email if you have any favorites to add!)

  • The Story of Plastic Takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it.
  • More Than Honey – Tackles the vexing issue of why bees, worldwide, are facing extinction.
  • Dirt – Learn how to compost, why it’s important for the fate of our world, and other awesome facts about this often underestimated part of life.
  • The True Cost – The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye-opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.
  • How about watching the Netflix series Win the Wilderness  – where six British couples brave sub-zero temperatures, wild bears, and predators as they compete to win a home deep within the Alaskan wilderness.

4. Keep used textiles out of landfills and donate them instead

It’s not helpful to drop off stained, ripped, or worn-out clothing at any thrift store. Instead of throwing your unusable textiles in the garbage,  you can drop them in for-profit parking lot bins and they will turn your “trash” into treasure.

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You can also recycle your plastic grocery bags at accepting locations near you HERE  Learn what plastics are recyclable HERE You might be surprised what you are throwing away that you could recycle instead!

Also, look for places to donate your old batteries, corks, printer ink cartridges, or electronics.

5. Make eco-friendly household cleaners

White vinegar and vodka are power cleaners, easily cutting through grease and removing mildew, odors, stains, and wax buildup. Reuse existing spray bottles in your home instead of buying new ones! HERE are some eco-friendly cleaning ‘recipes’ from my friend Sami.

What other ways do you enjoy celebrating and stewarding this amazing planet that we live on?

 

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