Earth day is upon us! Earth Day is Saturday, April 22nd. My family is super excited to take our daughter to a local city festival which will have tons of great ideas for ways to reduce waste and help the environment. Our household is huge on working as a family to eliminate wasteful practices and be better stewards of the earth! We’ve done our best to work as a family to create fun and simple habits to care for this beautiful world. It is really simple and fun to adopt a few habits which can really cut down on waste in landfills. Here are ten tips from our family to yours to help the planet!
- Recycle: this may seem like a no brainer but it’s amazing how many people feel overwhelmed by the idea or recycling! We picked up cheap containers from IKEA and gave a separate sorting system for our recycleables. This makes recycling a cinch and easy when guests are over. Simply check your city codes for acceptable items to recycle and toss in your new bin! It feels good to see how much waste can be reused!
- Compost: we love to compost! Again, we got a small compost container on Amazon and fill up our fruit and veggie peels right after kitchen prep. It’s always on the counter so it’s great to chop and throw away fruit and veggie parts at arms length! Plus it’s great for the environment and cuts down on ozone! We have a big compost pit in our backyard we use for gardening!
- Garden: speaking of gardening, teaching children to be stewards of plants is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate earth day! Perhaps plant an apple tree or start an herb planter on your windowsill! We’ve planted over 30 varieties of fruits and vegetables in our yard and love connecting with the earth via gardening!
- Ditch plastic cups and straws: we’ve invested in stainless steel straws and drinking to go cups for our daily iced tea and coffee drinking. We save thousands of wasted cups a year that would otherwise sit in a dump!
- Reuse scrap paper and greeting cards: did you know you can repurpose greeting cards by cutting off the pretty top and turning it into a postcard? Or reuse old scrap paper for art projects!
- Tote bags: invest in 5-6 high quality tote bags for grocery shopping! Not only does it cut waste, you also get credit for bringing your own bags! Plus no more plastic bags that rip when you are hauling groceries in!
- DIY: try making your own Kombucha, pickles, bread, iced tea, or coffee! When you make your own products you save money and save on packaging!
- Use less water: ind creative and fun ways to use less water as a family. Make a contest to see how fast you can shower, or water your yard one day less a week!
- Buy used: buy clothing and goods from local consignment stores or thrift stores. Not only do you save tons of money and prevent packaging from piling in landfills, you typically support a local business or thrift charity!!
- Try Scott® Tube-Free bath tissue!: Normal toilet paper tube is a wasteful piece! This is the greenest toilet paper out there. It unrolls just like normal toilet paper. Scott® Tube-Free bath tissue is a small, but impactful way to make a difference! (Love coupons? Save $2.50 ($2 starting April 1st) on Amazon and use Subscribe and Save to get an additional 15% off when you subscribe to 5 or more products!). Subscribe and save is so easy- we love to use it for convenience! Get your Scott® Tube-Free toilet paper on Amazon and go get your coupon!!! You can also visit the General Scott® Brand Product Page for a variety of other Scott® Brand products available on Amazon. #tossthetube
What ways has your family adopted to be environmentally friendly? How will you celebrate earth day??