Monday, April 22, 2019

Six Tips to Keep Our Planet Healthy on Earth Day (and Every Day)

Photo by Jean Lakosnyk on Unsplash

Today is National Earth Day, a holiday that celebrates the natural beauty of our planet, and it reminds us of what we can do to keep it healthy. 

There are plenty of simple ways that you and your family can help out on Earth Day (and all year long), including:

Next time you want to enjoy a picnic, pack-up an eco-friendly basket with dishes from home instead of paper plates and plastic utensils. Enjoy a healthy spread with products that are known for their eco-friendly and sustainable packaging.

Pack lunches in reusable containers instead of plastic zip-lock bags that can only be used once. Take it a step further by saving and using plastic containers from take-out meals.

Opt to receive bills and notices through email instead of by mail. Most banks and organizations offer a “paper-less” option, which will not only help cut down on wasted paper, but shorten your stack of mail that comes in every day.

You know what they say: "One man's trash is another man's treasure." This rings even truer as we celebrate Earth Day and think of ways to teach our kids about keeping items out of landfills. It's the perfect excuse to get creative and give new life to everyday objects by turning them into upcycled crafts using household items like paper tubes, coffee cans and plastic water bottles.

For one hour each day, pledge to turn off your technology and turn towards each other for good old-fashioned playtime. A down on the ground, make a mountain with a pillow or an ocean of your bathtub kind of play. While you are making quality connections with your family, you are also saving energy.

Offer your support through a contribution to the Earth Day Network! Or check out the many opportunities to volunteer in your community at

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What efforts do you and your family make to try and minimize your carbon footprint? What is your favorite “eco-friendly” activity?

I received no product or compensation for this post.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.


John Smith said...

Eco-friendly picnic baskets sound like fun!

Unknown said...

These are all great and interesting ideas. This is an important value to teach our kids.

Donna B. said...

I love all of these tips! There are so many ways we can help the planet. I especially like the idea of turning off the technology for a while to just have fun together doing simple things.

Theresa Mahoney said...

We are making small changes every day. From reusable grocery totes and metal straws to limit our plastic consumption to carpooling and walking when possible. Every little bit adds up.

Sandy said...

I always use reusable shopping bags, eat mostly vegetarian, and compost. It's all about the little things that add up! -Sandra Preti