Happy Earth Day! First celebrated in 1970, it is now celebrated in over 192 countries around the world. While every day should contain a focus on environmental issues, today is a great day to kick off your efforts at home and in your community. Been wanting to start recycling, begin using more reusable items in your home, or plant a tree? Today is the day to get started!
Recycling can have a huge impact on your local community. When we really started our recycling efforts just a few years ago, we went from throwing away a bag of trash a day (we are a family of three) to a bag of trash every three days. Recycling is made easy if you have curbside recycling. Most communities though have drop off recycling centers. It definitely takes more of an effort, but the planet and I thank you for it.
My advice if you are not currently recycling is to start small. Have a devoted recycling container in your kitchen and start with one or two types of items. Paper and plastic containers are a great place to start. Done with that box of cereal? Fold it up and place it in your recycling bin. Yogurt, sour cream, or butter tub empty? Wash them out and place them in the bin.
We use this Simplehuman Recycling Trashcan in our kitchen. It is slim, easy to use, and has two side by side compartments. One is for trash and the other is for recycling. I love that we don’t need to have multiple bins in our kitchen. Plus it has wheels to make it easy to move around the kitchen and it has a clip to hold the lid open, make it easy to empty and change the bag. It is easy to clean and looks great in the kitchen.
The other area in our home that I think has made a huge impact on the planet is increasing the number of reusable items we have. Everything from using cloth napkins, kitchen towels (rather than paper towels), sandwich wrappers, and stainless steel lunch containers have really reduced our waste. Many of our items have gotten years of use, which is way better than a single use for a paper napkin or a plastic sandwich bag.
A really great source for all of these items is Abe’s Market. Today through April 27 they are offering free shipping and up to 50% off thousands of items in honor of Earth Day!
Items I would recommend starting out with? Reusable sandwich wraps, stainless steel lunch containers, and reusable water bottles. Check out everything in their lunch kit section to find some great products.
Today we are hopeful for warmer weather (it has been a really long and hard winter here in Michigan) so that we can turn our efforts to our garden and yard. We moved in August, so this year we have some big plans for outside. We started some seeds indoors and we can’t wait to get them outside. This is a simple project that anyone can do and is a great way to involve your kids. They will love picking out seeds and helping to plant them.
How are you celebrating Earth Day? Have something new that you would like to try for the environment? What has been a stumbling block for you? Share in the comments below what you are doing and why it has been hard for you to do it in the past.