This year, Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22, but we believe that every day is Earth Day when it comes to conserving, reusing, and recycling! Though there are many ways to raise awareness and make a difference – too many to fit into just one blog post! – we’d like to share four of our favourite simple ways to celebrate Earth Day, every day!
- Green your laundry routine. Run back-to-back loads in the dryer to take advantage of the fact that the dryer is already hot. Better yet, let your laundry line dry or lay flat to dry! For more eco-friendly laundry tips, click here.
- Create a habitat for struggling populations. You may have heard lots of stories in the news about the declining bee and Monarch Butterfly populations, but did you know that you could simply plant milkweed or wildflowers to do you part? Click here for more information on ways you can save the bees and here for more information about Monarch butterflies.
- Use cloth diapers for your newborn instead of disposable diapers. Besides the fact that over 90% of single-use diapers end up in landfill, they also require a significant amount of resources to manufacture: over 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum feedstocks and 20 pounds of chlorine are used to produce disposable diapers for one baby each year (source: RealDiapers.org).
- Recycle more than just paper, glass bottles, and aluminum cans. This blog post from the Design*Sponge archives has some fantastic resources for finding ways to recycle everyday items such as electronics, clothing, non-standard plastics and more which would otherwise end up in a landfill.
We’d love to know what you do to reduce, reuse and recycle year-round, so leave your eco-friendly tips and tricks in the comments on this post!