Did you know that today is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day? I didn’t until recently. I don’t remember celebrating Earth Day as a child…and it’s sort of strange to realize that it’s such a big day now and my little Pineapple will grow up celebrating Earth Days (I believe the kiddos are painting pictures of the Earth today at school – too cute, right?!).
Whether you’re an environmentalist, a hippie tree hugger, an oil czar, or someone who’s just trying to make it, the Earth is where we all live and we need to do our part to take care of it. And the best part? It’s the little things that matter most! Here are a few things you can do to celebrate this Earth Day and a few ideas for some easy first steps:
- Stop purchasing water in plastic bottles and get a cute, refillable bottle! Sigg makes some that are super sweet and I’m partial to the ones from Powell’s, as well.
- Celebrate the day with Avatar! For just a moment, pretend you’re James Cameron…first you had Titanic…and now Avatar, the biggest film of all time. Yeah – that dude is definitely “king of the world!” Anyway, eco-friendly movie is being released today in celebration of Earth Day and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has teamed up with the Earth Day Network to plant 1,000,000 trees worldwide in celebration of the release of the film. Folks who buy the movie will be given an access code that allows them to go online and actually adopt one of the million trees being planted, charting its location and progress. How cool is that?! Plus, it’s a good movie! I saw it in IMAX 3D and now I’m awaiting a copy from my friends at Fox – I loved it – the floating islands were my favorite…too bad we don’t have those…
- Get reusable grocery bags and actually use them! I personally have a problem with this one – I have a TON of reusable bags and I keep forgetting them in the car. DUH! But I’m committed to working on this – and I hope you will, too. Plus, some of those bags are really cute! BlueAvocado makes some adorable ones. Also, a lot of stores are giving away reusable bags today in honor of Earth Day!
- Recycle your kids old books. My favorite, local non-profit in PDX is an organization called The Children’s Book Bank. I had a chance to sit down with the founder, Danielle Swope, a few weeks ago and she told me about their big plans to celebrate Earth Day: this Saturday, April 24, folks in the PDX area can visit their local New Seasons Market store to drop off their kids’ gently used books. Those books are then cleaned up and shared back out to kids in our community who otherwise might not have a single book in their house. Just stop and think about that for a second…not one book. It’s something simple and it’s good for the earth and the community. You can also contact the Book Bank to schedule a drop off if this Saturday is inconvenient for you. Call your local Head Start to donate if you don’t live in the Portland, OR area!
- A blog with 15,000 visits a month has a yearly carbon dioxide emissions of 8lb. Did you know that? A Germany-based company called kaufDA is working to neutralise these emissions. They have have created “My blog is carbon neutral” buttons for bloggers to use that demonstrate they’ve committed to neutralizing their footprint. And how to they do that? They are planting trees in cooperation with the Arbor Day Foundation in Plumas National Forest in Northern California. They are hoping to replace trees that were burned down as a result of wildfires. This is super easy – and for every blogger that accepts the challenge and puts up the button, they’re planting a tree. To find out how you can participate, visit http://www.kaufda.de/umwelt/carbon-neutral/how-you-can-join.
- Buy products that use less chemicals and dyes. I do believe I posted something about Hanes doing that…just the other day….
- And finally, plant your own tree! DH and I planted a tree last weekend…we’re hoping our “red thumbs” don’t kill it…but if they do, it will make good compost, right?! 🙂
So what are YOU doing for Earth Day? I’d love to hear your ideas!