45 Things To Do On Earth Day

Tomorrow is Earth Day, and we’ve got a few ideas on how you could celebrate and support our beautiful planet:

  • Plant a tree or donate a tree.
  • Join a local park, river or beach clean-up.
  • Change your car’s air filter regularly.
  • Keep your tyres properly inflated to get better petrol mileage.
  • Carpool, ride your bike, use public transport or drive an electric or hybrid car and reduce your carbon footprint with every kilometre (not) driven.
  • Switch to environmentally-friendly, non-toxic cosmetics and cleaning products.
  • Replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs with efficient CFLs or LEDs.
  • Teleconference instead of traveling. If you fly five times per year, those trips are likely to account for 75% of your personal carbon footprint.
  • Donate your old clothes and home goods instead of throwing them out.
  • When you need something, consider buying used items.
  • For any new clothing, choose natural fabrics to avoid micro-plastic.
  • Choose reusable items over disposable plastics, especially single-use plastics like bottles, bags and straws.
  • Recycle paper, plastic and glass.
  • Use cloth towels instead of paper ones.
  • Change your paper bills to online billing. You’ll be saving trees and the fuel it takes to deliver your bills by road.
  • Read documents online instead of printing them.
  • When you need to use paper, make sure it’s 100% post-consumer recycled paper.
  • Set your office printer to print two-sided.
  • Collect used printer, fax, and copier cartridges to recycle
  • Convince your school or office to choose reusable utensils, trays, and dishes
  • Use reusable bottles for water, reusable mugs for coffee and pack your lunch in a reusable bag.
  • Organise to have healthy, locally-sourced food served at your school.
  • Buy local food to reduce the distance from farm to fork. Buy straight from the farm, frequent your local farmers’ market, or join a local food co-op.
  • Buy organic food to keep your body and the environment free of toxic pesticides.
  • Grow your own organic garden, or join a farm-share group.
  • Try a foodprint calculator to find out exactly how your meals impact the planet.
  • Reduce your meat consumption to curb carbon emissions from the livestock industry.
  • Make your next meal plant-based.
  • Compost kitchen scraps for use in your garden — turning waste into fertiliser.
  • Take a shorter shower and use a water-saving shower head.
  • Fix leaky taps and shower-heads.
  • Run your dishwasher only when it’s full to save water and energy.
  • Conserve water outdoors by only watering your lawn in the early morning or late at night. Use drought-resistant plants / native plants in dry areas.
  • Use cold water to wash your clothes and line dry.
  • Form a “green team” at your office to find cost-effective ways to conserve resources and promote sustainability.
  • Volunteer for a local environmental group and/or make a donation.
  • Pull out invasive plants in your yard or garden and replace them with native ones.
  • Turn off lights and unplug electronics you’re not using. This includes turning off your computer at night.
  • Install solar panels on your roof.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator to save energy (and get exercise!).
  • Lower the temperature on your hot water system.
  • Contact your electricity company and find out about renewable energy options.
  • Use energy-efficient appliances and electronics.
  • Recycle batteries from small appliances and your electronics. Use rechargeable batteries instead.
  • Check out the Earth Day Action Toolkit on https://www.earthday.org/toolkit-earth-day-2021-restore-our-earth/

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