Posted on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 at 7:00 am
Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 every year. The holiday was created in the United States as a way to practice and recognize environmental protection efforts. There are many ways to celebrate Earth Day and all of them involve taking good care of the Earth.
Plant a Tree
Does your yard have enough room for a tree to grow in? You might consider planting one. Trees provide shade, give birds a place to nest in, and produce oxygen. Trees are good for the planet in so many ways!
What if you don’t have the space for a nice, healthy, tree to grow in? You could spend part of the day getting your garden prepared for planting. Remove weeds and figure out what kinds of vegetables or flowers you want to plant and nurture.
Recycle Your eWaste
We love our computers, smartphones, and other devices. Unfortunately, you cannot simply toss the old ones into the recycle bin. Instead, you need to take your eWaste to companies and organizations that can properly recycle it for you.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a tool that can help you learn about the rules about recycling eWaste in your state. There could be an eWaste recycler in your area. When in doubt, call up the nearest Best Buy store and ask if they can take your old computer, printer, or other eWaste.
Ride your Bike
When was the last time you rode your bike to work? Riding a bike, instead of driving a gas-powered vehicle, is one way to reduce your carbon footprint. If riding a bike to and from work simply isn’t an option for you, consider riding your bike to the store instead of driving there. You can help the planet and get some exercise at the same time!
Buy Local Produce
Visit your local Farmers’ Market and get your fresh fruits and vegetables from there instead of the grocery store. Buying locally is good because the food doesn’t have to be shipped across the country before it gets to you. Farmers’ Markets provide you a way to support your local farmers and find some lovely organically grown produce that is in season.
Create Recycle Bins
The easiest way to get into the habit of recycling cans, bottles, and paper is to have the proper recycling bins in your home. A few small trash cans will work. Make sure to separate your recyclables so that only one kind goes into one bin. Find out what day your town or city collects recyclables and make sure to bring them to the curb for collection.