Our Top 5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Plant a Tree

Trees provide sound buffers, reduce utility bills, improve property values, prevent soil erosion, provide wildlife habitats and freshens the air! If those are not enough reasons then plant a tree for future generations. While trees grow and mature they bring years of beauty and delight to those near. With any luck your grandkids, grandkids will be enjoying the tree you plant today.

Conserve Energy

  • Skip the treadmill and elliptical- instead take a jog through a park or do yoga.
  • Leave the TV off- play a board game, play charades or read a book .
  • Turn off the lights-open a bottle of wine and have dinner by candlelight. Even better have a fresh salad with grilled veggies instead of turning on the stove or oven.
  • Skip the car- Walk, bike, or take the bus to work.

Reduce- Reuse- Recycle

  • Reduce waste by using reusable grocery bags, water bottles and food containers.
  • Reuse an item destined for the landfill by breathing new life into it. Make a planter out of an old colander, transform an old gate into a headboard or trellis, or refinish an old piece of furniture.
  • Recycle your waste. Try to go one day trash free by only using items that can’t be recycled or composted. When shopping look for items in recyclable packaging or made from recycled materials.

Buy Locally

Join a CSA, visit a farmers market or even better grow your own! Buying locally and growing your own is environmentally friendly since you cut out the pollution created by transporting your goods to market. www.localharvest.org is a great resource to find farms, CSA’s and farmers markets in your area.

Host an Earth Party

Invite family and friends to a celebration at the park, local beach, or even your back yard. Have a picnic featuring local or home grown produce. Use recyclable or reusable dishes and flatware.  Activities could include litter pick up and nature hunt. (Give kids a list of items to hunt down in the garden, park or on the beach)

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