It is hard to believe some people only think about the impact on the environment one day a year, Earth Day. While we are not a totally green family, there are often things thrown in the trash that could have been recycled, my kids leave the lights on a lot I think you know what I am getting at here. I just thought I would share some Simple Earth Day Activities you can do not just for Earth Day and but everyday to preserve our environment. Many of these earth day activities don’t cost very much and may even save you a few dollars a year!!
The top four things you can do daily to be more eco-friendly is to:
- Recycle-check out some kid friendly recycling crafts and activities here
- Repurpose items from your home- or buy from a second hand store. Here is one up cycled craft I did from home and one repurposed furniture project from things from second hand store
- Source local materials–from food to furniture you can find local providers
- Have a garden either vegetable or simply herbs grown inside
Go green this Earth Day by looking into these simple green tips
- Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs or LED
- Use coffee grounds as fertilizer for your plants both inside and out– Coffee is not just for drinking.
- Buy a programmable thermostat which will save you time and money regulating your heat settings at night
- Use cleaned egg shells in your garden or plant water or use them to grow plants. You can even use plastic easter eggs.
- No space for a garden- try container gardening
Green tips for the whole family
- Take off your shoes when entering the home. You are dragging in any pesticides or cleaning products you may have walked in that day
- Turn off the lights when leaving a room
- Shut off the water when brushing your teeth
- Wash clothes in cold water not hot
- Make sure garage door closed while kids playing outside: Heat and cold will escape thru this large open space under your home. (at least at our house)
- Pack your kids lunch with reusable sacks and containers
- Carry around a refillable water bottle instead of buying plastic water bottles
I am sure I have missed several everyday green living tips and would love to hear how you go green on Earth Day and every day.