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50 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day (even after it’s over)

50 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day (even after it’s over)

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Last Updated on May 7, 2021

Every day is Earth Day! If you didn’t know, Earth Day was this weekend.  

I personally spent my Earth Day relaxing because this month has been CRAZY, but it’s been crazy in the most wonderful way. 

I was featured in Refinery 29, Real Simple, Global News, How Stuff Works, Accuweather, many others, and I got to host Well and Good’s first Earth Month event in Los Angeles. 

It was a clean-up and it was amazing! A full post on the event to come soon.

what is earth day?

The first Earth Day was celebrated 48 years ago in 1970. Millions of people organized to protest the negative impacts of industrial development.The pollution and smog was negatively impacting the health of citizens and the development of children.

Biodiversity was declining as a result of pesticide use and the heavy pollution.

The movement to preserve the environment was gaining a lot of traction. In the same year, the Environmental Protection Agency was formed to protect the air and water. 

It’s super important to protect our natural resources because we need them to live. 

We need clean air to breathe, and we need clean water to drink. 

Make no mistake, when we pollute the world – we’re polluting ourselves. 

earth day 2018:

Earth day 2018 was all about plastic pollution! I have watched the movement to end plastic pollution just explode. It’s so amazing. 

I feel very encouraged that we’re going to see a massive shift in the industry and our attitudes towards plastic. 

celebrating earth day:

Earth Day is one of those days that everyone takes a little bit of time to fluff up their eco ego. They might buy a sustainable product or actually remember to bring their reusable bags to the grocery store. 

I would really like to encourage you to take Earth Day beyond just this weekend and into the rest of the year. To help you with that I have come up with 50 ways to fluff that eco ego 24/7. 

50 ways to celebrate earth day everyday: 

  1. Organize a clean-up for your community
  2. Pick up litter when you’re out walking
  3. Don’t throw out your food scraps, eat them!
  4. Compost in your apartment or compost in your backyard
  5. Commit to the big four
  6. Buy less
  7. Live local
  8. Use real-stuff – real plates, real forks, real knives
  9. Get involved in local government
  10. Find a local community
  11. Organize a talk at your local library to teach others 
  12. Set up a table at the farmers market to educate others
  13. Host a DIY party with your friends and spend the evening making toothpowder or non-greasy lotion
  14. Buy from the farmers market and chat with the farmers about their sustainable practices
  15. Eat seasonally
  16. Plant trees
  17. Start a garden, grow food from your scraps
  18. Get involved in your local Citizens Climate Lobby, Sierra Club, or another local organization
  19. Shop second hand first – here are some tips to find quality clothing
  20. Reapir, repair, repair
  21. Redistribute your resources and encourage the sharing community. 
  22. Try meatless Monday, weekday veg or vegan. Just start experimenting with some delicious plant based meals. Start with one meal and then add another and another. 
  23. If it’s less than 2 miles walk or bike 
  24. Avoid wasting food
  25. Start a carpool sheet at work to reduce emissions
  26. Make sure you’re recycling correctly
  27. Get involved with a community garden
  28. Grab public transportation
  29. Make a meal plan to avoid food waste
  30. Swap packaged processed snacks for fresh fruit or package free options
  31. Make your own cleaners
  32. Line dry your clothes
  33. Perform a trash-audit
  34. Sell-by and use-by don’t mean a lot. Don’t toss the food on first glance it’s always safe to do a taste or smell test. Food can spoil before or after the dates. 
  35. Get outside and plug into nature. Nature is rejuvenating. 
  36. Get your office involved
  37. Buy food without packaging
  38. But, don’t sweat it if you cant. Grab my tips for shopping without access to bulk bins
  39. Green your make-up routine
  40. And, your skin-care routine
  41. Opt for loose-leaf tea 
  42. Use refillable pods, pour over, or a french press
  43. Phase disposable products out for reusable products
  44. Grab tree-free or recycled TP opt for a bidet too
  45. Pull weeds, mulch, and help your local community park
  46. Start a recycling or composting program at work or school 
  47. Host a documentary showing in your community
  48. Send a letter to businesses asking that they implement more eco-friendly practices. Ask them to implement a straw on request only policy. Ask them to remove plastic from their packaging. 
  49. Get your green thumb on – use house plants to filter the air and open the windows
  50. Vote with your dollars, when buying something new support companies that give back and focus on sustainability

It’s really important that we take the hype surrounding these eco holidays to hook people and encourage everyone to do a little more all year round. 

I would love to hear your ideas on how we can continue to celebrate. What would you add to the list? 

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  1. I’ve been trying to ask local businesses to swap out plastic packaging/not use styrofoam/refrain from passing out straws automatically, but I haven’t heard back from anyone and I’ve emailed quite a few! Do you have tips for getting a response from businesses?

  2. Hey Natalie! Love that you are interested in zero waste. I did notice on your blog that there was no mention of a vegan diet. if you are interested in sustainability and minimal impact you should look into the documentary Cowspiracy. did you know we can essentially stop global warming from getting worse by not consuming animal products? I highly recommend you check it out

  3. Don’t just vote with your dollars … vote for political candidates who support policies that protect and preserve the planet.