Earth Day is approaching, and while every day is Earth Day, this is a day set aside to reflect and consider just how amazing and important our earth is to us.
Earth Day can be when you and your family make commitments to do your part in preserving and nurturing our environment. It could also be a topic of conversation at work or at school as to how everyone might do something a little different this year.
It can also be a day to simply celebrate the natural beauty that surrounds us. Here are some ways you can seize the day, and make it all about Mother Earth.
1. Take a Hike
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by being out in it? Head to your nearest state or national park and take a half day hike.
If you’re not a member of one of these non-profit organizations, then consider joining today. To be a member of the national parks service or of your state parks is to be a part of preserving the beauty and natural legacy of our environment.
You could bring a small sack lunch and picnic to enjoy while you’re there. Don’t forget your reusable water bottle!
2. Host a Natural Product Party
One way to hone into the benefits of all things natural is to make your own natural cleaning products. Chemical products are bad for our indoor environment, as well as our drains and waterways. Many skin products are also full of unpronounceable chemicals and strange ingredients.
Gather your friends and hold a natural skincare or cleaning product party on Earth Day. Simple ingredients like vinegar, water, and essential oils can make up your next window cleaning solution, or get even more adventurous and make some all natural eye cream or a moisturizing skin serum.
When you begin making your own products and knowing exactly what goes into them, we can guess you’ll never look at the department store skin products again. Consider making extra to give as gifts to friends! You could sign the tag, “Love, Mother Earth.”
3. Grow and Share Your Garden with a Seed Swap
Do you have neighbors who love to garden, too? Leave a little note in their mailbox the week leading up to Earth Day, and ask them if they’d like to participate in a seed swap.
You could meet at one person’s house on Earth Day for a cup of morning tea, and everyone could bring enough seeds to share with the other neighbors. From here, your own little piece of earth will flourish that much more.
4. Build a Take Some, Leave Some Cart
If you live in a walkable neighborhood and your neighborhood council would allow it, set up a cart in front of your home with a sign that says “Take Some, Leave Some.”
Here you’ll be creating a community space where you can leave an overflow of herbs, veggies, or books that you may have, and encourage others to take your goodies, and leave some of theirs.
This is a great community practice, and a way to engage Earth-friendly ideas with the folks that live around you. If you don’t have a cart, think of making some sort of structure with upcycled wood. Paint it with paint you already have, and dolly it up with a few potted plants.
5. Commit to Recycling
If your local municipality doesn’t already offer local recycling, then take it upon yourself to gather some tubs, and start collect your recycled goods.
If you have children at home, then ask them to create some fun and playful signs to mark “cans,” “paper,” “glass” and so forth. Set them into the garage, and start recycling on the day itself. Choose one weekend a month to take your recycled goods to the local depot. Bring your electricity bill with you just to show that you actually live nearby and have permission to use it.
6. Host an Eco Swap
Rather than adding to the landfill with unwanted products, consider hosting an Earth Day Eco Swap.
Here you can lay out your unwanted books, knickknacks, clothing, toys, kitchen utensils, and other items to swap with those who can bring the same. Remind everyone to bring their reusable grocery bags to take home their goodies in.
7. Grow a Native Garden
Gardens with native plants are beautiful, water wise, and harmonize with the environment as they attract animals and beneficial bugs to your yard and grow wonderfully well without too much fuss.
Gather your kids and beautify the space you already have. Head to the local nursery and talk to one of the experts as to what works best for the area you live in. Mark the day by painting this Earth Day’s date on a large stone, and nestle it in your garden.
What are your Earth Day plans this year?