April 22, 2020 marks the United States’ 50th National Earth Day. Even though we are living through crazy times, there are still meaningful ways to be eco-friendly from your own backyard. Over the last several weeks we’ve learned how to work from home, learn from home, and some have had to virtually celebrate birthdays and anniversaries from home. From the big milestones to the little festivities, it is important now more than ever to be able to find alternate ways to celebrate. Here are some activities that you can do to celebrate Earth Day from home this year.
Pick Up Litter on Earth Day
These days it seems the most exciting part of the day for a lot of people is going for a nice stroll. Whether you’re walking with your furry friend, your quarantine buddy, or just by yourself, you can honor the Earth by picking up any litter you see along your daily route. Bring a biodegradable bag and some gloves and you are good to go!
Find Your Green Thumb
Gardening is the perfect Earth Day activity. What better way is there to give back to the Earth than helping it grow? You can plant herbs for a tasty recipe, your favorite flower, or some colorful fruits and/ or veggies. Find your favorite seed kit on Goodsey and your garden will be blooming in no time.
Virtually Visit a National Park this Earth Day
Explore the country from the comfort of your home this Earth Day. Many national parks in the United States are offering online virtual tours. From Alaska’s chilly glaciers and icebergs to the coral reef living in the crystal-clear blue waters of Florida, if you’re itching to get outside and go on an adventure, this is the perfect opportunity to see new place and experience Earth’s beauty this Earth Day.
Set up a Bird Feeder
As the weather gets warmer, nature’s little critters start to come out more and more. By setting up a bird feeder in your backyard, not only are you giving your outdoor space a little make over but you’re enhancing the natural habitat of the birds who live in your yard.
Invest in Reusable Bags
Investing in reusable shopping and produce bags is a great way to prevent the use of unnecessary plastics. They come in all different sizes and some even have cute prints and fun patterns. Look at is as an excuse to buy a new accessory while simultaneously saving the world.
This one is a given, but if you don’t already recycle, Earth Day is the perfect time to start! Recycling is an easy way to support the environment and is a simple activity for the entire family.
Craft with Repurposed & Reused Items
If you’ve been meaning to get crafty or finally start that DIY project you found on Pinterest last year, now is your chance. Turning something old into something new instead of throwing it away not only helps the environment but also keeps you busy while saving you a dollar or two. So, go forth and turn that used tin into a trendy planter or that old ladder into a bookshelf. Get crafting!
Make Your Kitchen & Pantry Eco-Friendly
Make your pantry more eco-friendly by eliminating single-use items. Instead of buying water bottles in bulk, try and invest in reusable water bottles for on-the-go use and a filtered water pitcher while at home. Another way to make your pantry eco-friendly is to move bulk items such as sugar and flour into glass containers. This gives your kitchen a modern and trendy look all while helping you move towards a more efficient lifestyle.