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I’m a little late posting this but I couldn’t not take a moment to acknowledge Earth Day. Particularly, as this year is the 50th anniversary of the commemorative holiday.
Of course, it also comes amid a global pandemic that has billions of people around the world staying home, slowing down and learning to interact in this world very differently.
I’ve already seen headlines and articles, like this awesome from National Geographic, about how the stay-home orders and various COVID-19 prevention measures around the the world have reduced our carbon footprint and pollution output as a human race, at least temporarily. There’s no telling what will happen once things go back to “normal” but perhaps (hopefully!) there are things we can learn and take away from this period about how our days-to-day habits have such a huge impact on the health of our planet.
Being at home so much right now is also a perfect time to reflect on our daily routines, and consider what we can do to be even a little bit more sustainable.
Of course no one can do everything. But everyone can do something.
And I don’t need to explain what a domino effect is, or that little things add up. Think about it. We can all do something different here and there to educate ourselves, and make a positive contribution.
Think long and hard about the future. Because it looks scary if we don’t make some major changes around the world. National Geographic’s feature asking where the world will be in 2070 provides a stark outlook.
Even better, find ways to take action.
EarthDay.org has tons of ideas.
MindBodyGreen makes it even easier with their 10 Simple Ways To Live More Sustainably, Starting Today.
For those who like to be thorough (me for sure!) I love love love this list of more than 100 SIMPLE TIPS TO LIVE A MORE SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE, covering everything from the way you travel, how you shop, how you cook, clean and more. There are just so many easy things you can do, there’s no reason not to have a look and try!
Right now, I’m trying to focus on sustainability in the kitchen.
I’m trying to make more homemade ingredients, like stock and jam…so I can reduce the amount of packaging I have to buy at the store (it’s so much better for you too!).
I’ve started composting in my kitchen and I love how much it’s reduced my food waste. More on that in this blog post!
I also love this article from Well + Good on 12 SURPRISING USES FOR CITRUS PEELS, and I will certainly be giving my next bubble bath a genius upgrade.
Oh that reminds me! Food & Wine recently explained why you should Save Your Garlic and Onion Skins.
I don’t know about you, but I always keep fresh flowers in my kitchen to brighten things up and make the room feel fresh. I also have flowers in the living room…and the bedroom (okay, I love fresh flowers if you haven’t noticed). But going through all those stems could be wasteful. Until I realized all the things you can do besides throwing out old flowers. Even more things you can do for the planet!
But look, I get it. It’s a tough time and we’re all just trying to get through. If all you can handle today is a glass of wine on the couch, that’s okay too! You can even make that more sustainable too…see my post on the wonders of biodynamic wine here.
Who else is doing a lot of online shopping right now?
Well, let’s shop for nature. I’ve got a whole gallery coming soon of my favorite sustainable beauty products (the first of several eco-friendly shopping guides to come)… but for now… check out a few of my favorite green products on Amazon right now…
If all else fails…just sit back and appreciate the beauty…
Observe our planet in all its glory from the social distance of your couch! There are so many fun ways to do it right now.
You could visit some live underwater aquariums.
Or chill under the Northern Lights.
You know what’s better than a trip to the zoo? Hanging out with African Wildlife.
You could also just go to the beach.
Now, if you’ll all excuse me, I’ll just be over here WATCHING WHALES PLAY ALL DAY!!!