Here’s how to show your appreciation for our phenomenal planet on Earth Day:
- Put Your Gardening Gloves On
It’s time to get planting! Show your garden some love and plant some fresh plants and trees. Use environmentally friendly lawn treatments to get your grass ready for the warm days of summer.
Earth Day is also the perfect time to start growing your own fruits, vegetables and herbs for sustainable cooking. You can start small with one or two pots on the porch, then expand to the garden when you’re ready. If you’re worried you don’t have a strong enough green thumb to grow your own food, get fresh fruits and veggies from the local farmers market.
- Spread the Beauty of Nature
Earth Day is about saving our natural resources, but it’s also about appreciating them. Sending gorgeous bouquets of flowers or fresh plants to loved ones will give them a greater appreciation for these natural beauties. Filling your own home with fresh flowers will also brighten your spaces in celebration of nature’s blooms. As an Earth Day bonus, every Teleflora bouquet is hand-arranged by a local florist, meaning your flowers will also support local communities.
- Spend the Day Outside
It’s easy to laze around indoors, but fresh air does wonders for our well-being. And, of course, there’s no better way to appreciate Earth than spending time outdoors. Go for a walk, do some yoga in your backyard or spend the afternoon reading a book in the park. Take advantage of your natural surroundings, whether it’s a relaxing day at the beach, strolling by the river or hiking in the mountains.
- Go Green
A little bit of effort goes a long way for our planet. You can reduce your footprint with small mindful changes, such as:
- Invest in reusable bags for shopping.
- Use environmentally friendly cleaning products.
- Unplug small appliances and electronics when no one is using them.
- Get everyone in the family a reusable coffee mug and water bottle.
- Recycle at home.
- Install energy-saving LED light bulbs.
- Carpool with friends, family and neighbors.
If Earth Day inspires you to make more significant lifestyle changes, consider replacing your appliances with energy-saving models. If you don’t already have one, install a programmable thermostat so you can easily regulate your heating and cooling systems. You can also switch to a rooftop solar panel system to generate your own energy. Follow this guide from the Environmental Protection Agency to start composting at home. Rather than heading to the landfill, your food waste will become an organic source of nutrients for soil, helping trees and plants grow.
- Give Back to Mother Nature
Earth Day is the perfect time to pay your dues for all that Mother Nature does for you. Volunteer to clean up the local parks and streets by picking up trash and refreshing the landscaping. Do your part to raise awareness by talking to your friends and family about how important it is to support and protect our environment. Plus, you can get the kids involved in Earth Day activities to instill positive habits and environmentally conscious outlooks for generations to come.