Though celebrations for Earth Day 2020 might look different than in years past, there’s one thing that will stay the same regardless of social distancing rules: the reminder it serves for all of us to do what we can to help the planet. We do only get one, after all, and we can all use a reminder every now and again to go green and make some environmentally-friendly shifts.
It might seem difficult to live a sustainably-minded lifestyle with all that’s going on in the world, but luckily, there are many small shifts we can all do from the comfort of our own homes to live a greener and more eco-friendly lifestyle. Read on for some tips of where to focus on going green from your home!
Reduce usage of single-use plastic. Now is as good a time as any to do a full plastic sweep of your home, and see where you can cut back. If you rely on coffee pods in the morning, switch to a reusable and refillable pod. If you still opt to get a coffee from your closest coffee shop, ditch the single-use cup and invest in a reusable plastic, glass or aluminum one. On your next visit to the grocery store to stock up, bring along (or pick up) some reusable bags so you can opt out of the single-use ones we all know are terrible for the environment. These small shifts can help us all do our part for the environment, and don’t require much effort from us at all!
Do a home audit. Now that we’re all comfortably ensconced in our homes for the foreseeable future, it’s a great opportunity to see where main areas of waste are in your house. This doesn’t mean you have to start switching over to solar power and only eating what you grow in your backyard—just by cutting back in a couple areas, you can drastically cut down on your carbon footprint. Some ideas of easy places to start are:
- Turning off the lights when you’re not in the room
- Only using AC or heat when necessary—the rest of the time, use a fan or open a window!
- Stick to a “Meatless Monday” dinner menu each week
- Line-drying laundry instead of using the dryer, if possible
- Putting large pots and pans on correct size-burners, along with smaller ones
- Setting up recycling bins where possible
These easy shifts are small enough that anyone can do them, yet big enough to make a difference. On April 22, remember to be kind to your planet and all that it does for you by paying it forward. For more information on easy ways to go green for Earth Day and beyond, check out the following visual.
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What is your family doing to celebrate Earth Day this year?