Tuesday, April 4, 2017

3 Ways to Help the Planet this Earth Day



Earth Day is coming up this April 22! While this is a lovely time to celebrate the Earth and all its beauty, it's also a perfect opportunity to reflect on our impact on the Earth and its resources. This Earth Day, our little family will be focusing on what we can do to take care of the planet - specifically, reducing our carbon footprint. Here are three ways to help the planet this Earth Day (and every day!):

1. Give Your Car a Break


Ask my husband - my very favorite thing to do is walk into downtown for lunch. It's great exercise (especially if I'm the one pushing the stroller!) and by not driving, we cut down out the emissions our vehicle would have been letting out (and save gas money, too!). In the summer, this is how we roll to the neighborhood community pool:


While we don't own bikes yet, I think biking is an awesome option once little man gets older. If you're not close to any stores or parks, try planning a way to car pool with neighbors or friends to events or activities! And don't forget to take advantage of public transportation when you're in big cities :)




2. Eat Local

Eating locally grown fruits and veggies cuts down on the fuel used to ship produce via trucks and planes, generating less greenhouse gases. Local produce is fresher, tastes better, likely contains more nutrients, and supports the local community as well. Farmers Markets, nearby farms, and CSA's (Community Supported Agriculture programs) are all great ways to find amazing local food items.


You-Pick fields and farms go one step closer and allow little hands to connect physically to local produce. 

Eating local also means eating seasonal!

And you literally can't get any more local than your own yard.

Find a spot to plant some veggies and herbs this spring, or go all out and do a raised bed garden!

I guarantee my face is this excited when I pick a radish from the garden, as well!


3. Reduce Trash & Recyclables

True story - when we moved into our house here in Alabama, I noticed this blue recycle bin and I told Max "Oh, that's so cute - so we use this small one to fill up the big one. Where's the big recycle bin?" Having only ever lived in California and Arizona, I was used to ginormous recycle bins - like bigger than the trash bins. I realized this teeny, tiny recycle bin was all the the city was going to pick up! I've since realized that not all cities even have recycling programs - so while reducing trash/waste is amazing, reducing things that can be recycled is important as well. Here's what you can do:


-Purchase items like spices, nuts and pasta from bulk bins and reuse the same containers (bonus - they are usually much less expensive this way, too!)

-Fill your own reusable water bottles or tumblers instead of using plastic ones

-Use cloth napkins instead of paper ones

-Bring your own reusable bags when grocery shopping (big, sturdy bags allow you to hold more, as well)

- (My newest find) Purchase tube-free toilet paper rolls!


I was shocked to discover that, every year, the United States throws away enough used toilet paper tubes to fill the Empire State Building twiceScott® Brand figured out a way around this with their Tube-Free Bath TissueFor us, buying it leaves more room in our already cramped recycle bin (and for those who don't have programs or who don't recycle on their own, it eliminates the need to toss the tubes in the trash!). 


Click here to purchase Scott® Tube-Free Bath Tissue discounted via Amazon! 


Thank you to Scott® Brand for sponsoring this post! 

How are you celebrating Earth Day?

10 comments:

  1. I've never seen tube-free TP! What a great idea!

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    1. Yes! Love that there will be nothing left at the end of the roll!

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  2. TUBELESS PAPERTOWELS?! Game changer! I am going to start getting those for sure! We are HUGE recyclers here and we do currently recycle all of our tubes, but man, it would save so much space to not have to worry about them at all! That's awesome!

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    1. Does your city recycle or do you do it on your own? It's so crazy to think of the wide ranges - like Seattle where composting is required!

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  3. And I meant to say TUBELESS TOILET PAPER! Haha. Not paper towels!

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  4. I love eating from our garden. Always the best. Tubeless TP! That is awesome. I haven't seen this around yet.

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    1. What do y'all plant?? We bought some watermelon seeds on a whim this year! :)

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  5. I'm the queen of recycling, and we fill up 3 of those little bins each week. And yes to eating local, and walking downtown for lunch/brunch this weekend <3
    Green Fashionista

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  6. Happy to report we do number 1 since we dont even own a car in the city :) xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  7. There is still no recycle pick-up in my hometown in Mississippi. :\ Here in Oregon, recycle pick up happens twice a week in some areas. Crazy!!

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