Earth Day will be here before we know it, at least in this neck of the woods, we are all hoping that it brings with it some nice weather! I can remember participating in a tree planting activity in my hometown to celebrate Earth Day back when I was in grade school. It is a vivid memory of mine and one that I am proud of and think of often. Over the years, Earth Day has become less and less about celebrating a particular date on the calendar (though I realize the significance of the awareness this one day can provide), and more about learning how to celebrate our planet each and every day of our lives.
Like many things in this world, developing an appreciation for certain things takes some lifestyle changes. Our health, our bodies, and our Earth. Once made, these small changes play a hugely significant role in the final outcome. There are 5 changes that I have made that help me celebrate Earth Day and teach my children how to value and protect our planet every day.
Recycle for sure. Focus on your trash and see where each part can go to make sure that it is recycled. Just as important though is the idea of reusing items and reducing waste. Bring a reuseable shopping bag every time you head to the store or farmer’s market.
This is something that I do each and every day – clean. Start by creating a non-toxic environment within your home. Get the chemicals out. There are natural solutions for every bit of cleaning that we do. Oh, and wash your clothes in cold water.
3. Grow Your Own
Each and every one of us can have our own garden. There are no excuses. Even if it is a windowsill herb garden in the winter or an outdoor garden in the summer, growing plants provide oxygen and countless other benefits to the environment (and your body). Bring the birds and insects (especially bees) back home!
4. Be a More Conscious Consumer
I have a goal to learn about one new product every day that makes me a more sustainable consumer. Start locally. There are so many local artisans, farmers, and producers right at your fingertips. Start a conversation with them.
5. Hit the Switch and Turn the Handle
When you leave a room, hit the switch. When you brush your teeth, turn the handle. Be more conscious of the ways in which we use power and water in your own home.These changes open the door for conversation, learning, and personal growth in a sustainable form and make a huge difference, even though they’re small actions.
So, this Earth Day, celebrate, but also commit to a change. Commit to taking small steps every day that put us as individuals closer to doing our part in creating a sustainable Earth.
Lauryn Blakesley is a mom to three lively children, one creative husband, and the blogger behind The Vintage Mom. Aside from her most important role as a supermom, Lauryn thrives on creating community and spreading the “gospel of local living.” She’s passionate about fresh food and often can’t wait to get into the kitchen to experiment with healthy ingredients and developing her little ones’ tastes. She works as a nurse, a social media consultant, and an advocate for fresh, local food. A lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and fresh, local food. She spends her days in awe of her family and trying to teach her three to treat others as they would want to be treated.