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What To Do This Earth Day

This Earth Day is a bit different as many of us are under stay at home orders from the government amid the COVID-19 outbreak. During this outbreak we're seeing more single use items, like gloves, masks and disinfectant wipes being used to keep everyone save and going to landfills. It is important to make conscious choices in our homes to help offset this spike of single use items.

Earth Day is a great day for us to sit back and think about the ways to we can help to reduce climate change in our home. There are so many things to do in our day to day lives that can effect climate change and our carbon footprint in such a huge way! If we all work together to reduce waste and energy consumption we can have a healthier planet with healthier people.

Here are some things you can do this Earth Day, and many other days through out the year to help offset carbon emissions and curb the effects of climate change.

 

Go for a walk and clean up litter on the side of the road.

Get some gloves, garbage bags and some bright cloths and help clean up your road or neighborhood. If you're in the city or near others don't forget to physically distance and keep clear of parks and over populated areas. Check with your city to see if they have any bag or collection programs still running during this time. If not take your collection to the local dump or put it out with your weekly garbage.

 

Turn off the lights when you leave a room.

Make sure you have energy efficient light bulbs in your lamps and ceiling fans and remember to turn all electronics off when you leave a room. Unplugging devices and turning off power bars also helps as some electronics continue to use electricity when they're turned off or not in use. Open curtains during the day and utilize sunlight instead of electric lights when possible.

 

Replace single use plastic in your kitchen.

There are so many ways to reduce single use plastic in the kitchen! Utilize glass and ceramic storage dishes for keeping leftovers. Forgo the single use sandwich and snack bags and switch to re-usable cloth bags or use those fancy dishes you just bought for your leftovers! Stop using plastic wrap and switch to Beeswax Food Wraps to cover bowls and plates and wrap up cut fruits and vegetables.

 

Rinse and recycle your food containers.

Recycling plastic and glass food containers is a great way to keep items out of landfills and it ensures more post consumer items are able to be made. Make sure you rinse or wash your containers until there is no food residue left, or else they would be eligible for recycling and could contaminate other items in your recycling bin.

Switch to chemical free and packaging free soaps and shampoos.

Switching to natural soaps and shampoos will ensure fresh water for years to come. Many chemicals that we use to wash are bodies are bad for fish and marine life. Using natural alternatives ensure healthy lakes and rivers for generations to come.

 

Go through your closet and box up old cloths to be donated.

As many of us have some extra time on our hands during the stay at home order now is the perfect time to go thorough your closet. Box up and donate any old cloths that no longer fit or haven't been worn in a long time. Donating cloths helps to keep them out of landfills and gives them a second life in some one else's closet.

 

These are only a few simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint and help curb climate change. If you have more ideas and activites your doing on Earth Day share with me via Instagram or Facebook @erinsecoadventure or email me at erinsecoadventure@gmail.com

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