It’s Earth Day and it’s Friday! So why not start of your weekend with some eco-friendly fun? In order to make it easy for you, I thought I would offer 7 fun ways to celebrate Earth Day.
1. Reuse some things you might otherwise throw away.
How many CDs are gathering dust in a box tucked away in one of the closets of your home? I imagine it’s at least one box stuffed to the top. So why not make a DIY World Clock for Earth Day? After that project you can try some of Peaceful Planet’s other CD craft tutorials.
2. Upcycle old clothing.
If your old t-shirts typically get thrown into mix with the rags you use when you wash the car, try upcycling them instead. There are a whole host of things you can make from jewelry, to scarves, to pom poms.
3. Start composting.
Turn your scraps into gardening gold and start a compost bin. Composting may seem daunting, but there are a lot of resources available online that guide you through the initial steps before you find your composting groove.
What I found most helpful before I started my compost bin was learning more about what goes into a compost bin. I also created an easy process to bring the scraps from my kitchen to the tumbler in the yard by purchasing small biodegradable bags for the kitchen counter container. The bag goes straight into the tumbler with the scraps, so there is no clean up and no mess.
And while it may be more expensive, buying a compost bin that is easy to turn is worth the extra cost. The first compost bin I owned required turning the pile manually and it became quite cumbersome the more the pile grew which meant the compost didn’t get the love and care it needed. The new compost bin can be easily turned which makes composting a lot easier and a lot more fun.
4. Make your own cleaning products.
There are natural alternatives for many of the chemical-filled personal care and household cleaning products. For example, making toothpaste is fairly straight forward. You can find a recipe here and here. Whatever recipe you choose, however, just confirm that the ingredients are dentist approved.
Along with personal care products, you can banish Spring’s smelly funk by making your own air fresheners and dryer sheets.
5. Go shopping.
I realize the suggestion to buy more stuff on Earth Day seems counter intuitive, but it’s the perfect time to review the food storage containers you actively use to determine where you could substitute reusable options for things that are currently single-use.
The easiest place to start is to ditch the single serving plastic water bottles and straws. Opt, instead, for glass or stainless steel – both of which a vast selection of bottles and straws. Another simple option is leaving the plastic snack baggies at the store and picking out a fun reusable snack bag.
6. Visit a farmer’s market.
It’s the time of the year when the freshest of fruits start making an appearance at our local farmer’s markets. And while I may be super spoiled with humongous juicy strawberries here in California, there are a whole host of beautiful options throughout the United States. I mean, can you say, “stone fruits”?
7. Play outdoors.
And of course I saved the best for last. Get outside and PLAY! Have a picnic at a local park and toss a Frisbee around with friends. Or if you prefer some alone time, go for a run or bike ride.
If you have minis in tow (aka children), here are 50 simple outdoor activities and if you’re lucky enough to live near a national park, see if you can participate in one of these 20 really cool things your kids can do in national parks.
Happy Earth Day!