Happy Earth Day from this Fair Trade Fashionista to all of you!
Now, there are a number of things that are easy to do on a daily basis to decrease your carbon footprint and help mother earth. I have compiled a list of them for you today:
1.) Use reusable bags at the grocery store – It’s very easy and cuts down on trash bags that only end up in landfills for decades to come.
2.) Ride your bike/Use public transporation/Car pool – To cut down on carbon emissions from gasoline. I’ve never even owned a car and I feel so free. Join me!
3.) Support local agriculture – Become a member of a local community farm. My sister and I did it last summer and it was such a nice treat every week being surprised and figuring out how to prepare new and interesting vegetables!
4.) Turn the lights off – This one seems so obvious, but many forget. Also, laptops and desktop computer sap a lot of energy even while not being used. Taking the couple seconds to shut it down could mean saving on your electricity bill!
5.) Buy organic/sustainable clothing – Mainstream cotton production consumes 25% of the world’s pesticides, let’s cut down on this number! Just look for the certified organic cotton label, and other sustainable fabrics like bamboo, soy, etc. Fabrics such as these are becoming more and more accessible as they grow in popularity so make sure to do your part to demand sustainable fabrics!
6.) Buy organic/free range chicken and eggs – This helps support humanity on farms, deforestation for mass production of chicken and eggs, and saves you from digesting random hormones fed to chickens that may effect your body!
7.) Reuse/Recycle EVERYTHING – Make sure to recycle! But it’s not just your trash that I’m talking about. If you have clothing, books, or toys you’re interested in getting rid of, donate them to local organizations such as the Salvation Army, American Red Cross and Goodwill.
8.) Grow your own garden – It doesn’t need to be anything extravagant. Believe me, I know how difficult maintaining plants can be in an urban setting. But just a couple plants will make your summer fresher and brighter! We maintain sage, basil, tomato and lettuce plants. Our jalepenos and corn did not make it last year but we hope to try again!
Alright, so that’s more than just a couple Earth Day tips but I got a little carried away. I could go on…but I’ll stop now.
Don’t feel pressured to make dramatic life changes, no one can do it all. But if everyone does a little something everyday to make our world a healthier place, we will be back on the right track in no time. Just remember, we add up.
So get your hands dirty this Earth Day!
I’d love to hear what you’re doing this Earth Day and in general to save our planet!