It’s Earth Day! Eco-Friendly Ideas to Help YOU Make a Difference

47 Years of Earth Day

Earth Day is a day we stop and think about the world around us — and how we can make it better. Just as we honor our parents on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, we can spend Saturday, April 22 (and every day) honoring Mother Earth!

This year’s theme is all about educating yourself on the environment. It’s important, not only for you, but for everyone to know why we should take care of Gaia, our beloved Earth. So, here’s how you can educate yourself, and then share your new knowledge with your friends and family.

Did you know…

  • A billion pounds of food is wasted each year?
  • Only 10% of plastic is recycle properly?
  • Produce purchased at large grocery stores loses 45% of it’s nutrients by the time it reaches you?
  • Electronics need to be recycled separately?
  • The average American uses 140-170 gallons of water every day?
  • Trees help communities through environmental stability and provide food and energy?

What can you do about the above problems?

Reduce waste with compost

Over a billion pounds of food are wasted each year. Turn some of that food into rich, nutrient soil! It might sound a little gross, but it’s an easy way to recycle right at home. Learn how to start your own compost pile:

 

Recycle, reduce disposable plastic

BYOU Water Bottles_ND15Ella BYOU Water Bottle photoAbout 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year, but only 10 percent of it is properly recycled. Reduce that waste and recycle plastic products — contact your local waste disposal company to learn how.

One of the easiest ways to reduce plastic waste, is to purchase (or make) reusable bags, silverware, dishes, cleaning tools, and water bottles. (Check out BYOU Magazine’s BPA-free 20 ounce water bottles!)

Support your local farmers

Know Your Farmer logoDid you know that when you buy produce from your big grocery store or supermarket it’s lost about 45 percent of its original nutrients by the time you buy it? In fact, it starts losing nutrients the second it’s harvested. And unless it’s labeled “organic” or “non-GMO” it’s likely it contains harmful GMOs (what are GMOs? Read HERE). So, by purchasing local produce you get more nutrient-rich food and reduce the amount of harmful gases from transporting produce from larger farms. Plus, supporting local farms is good for your community.

Recycle your E-Waste 

e-waste graphic

We normally don’t think of our old electronics as waste, but they are. Those old cell phones, iPods, computers, are extremely harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly. If you don’t dispose of electronics correctly, they can leak lead, mercury, and other harmful substances into our water and soil. Find the nearest e-waste recycler to dispose of those old electronics. And don’t forget to recycle those batteries!

Reduce your water consumption

The average American uses about 140-170 gallons of water each day. Most of that water is wasted. Find out easy ways to save water below or check out our blog post on World Water Day.

Plant a Tree! 

Did you know there are over 7 billion people on this earth?! As this number continues to grow we begin to use the earth’s resources faster than ever. Imagine how we would help the earth if every person planted a tree. That’s one, simple way you can contribute today — plant a tree! Get your family to help. CLICK HERE to learn how to plant a tree. 

And don’t forget to celebrate Arbor Day on April 28!

 

 

Take a “Litter Walk”

Take a “Litter Walk!” Grab a friend or family member and trash bags (one for trash, one for recycle items) and pick up litter you see along the way. It’s a great way to get some fresh air and exercise, plus you’re helping make the world a better place! Who doesn’t love a A win-win?!

Did you learn something new? Here’s how to pass along your new knowledge: 

1. Share this article on your social media and tag @BYOUmagazine. You can use one of the many images in this post!

2. Get a group of friends together, and put one of the above skills to work. You can stat a compost pile, collect trash around your neighborhood, or plant a tree together!

3. Teach your family members about everything you just learned. Then, brainstorm some ways your family can be eco-friendly!

Earth Day is a wonderful time to show the earth some love. But if we really want to make a difference, we should be kind and thoughtful to our planet as often as we can. Small acts, like recycling and composting, can make a big impact. And who knows, you may inspire others along the way!

Make every day Earth Day!

earth-day-every-dayIt’s also World Recycle Week! Learn more about how you can protect the earth. 

See more of our Earth Day posts, including features on girls making a difference and a quiz to determine how Eco-friendly YOU are!


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