Sunday, April 22nd will mark the 48th anniversary of Earth Day. While many habits have changed for the better since that first celebration in 1970, there are always meaningful steps – small or large – that we can take to reduce our footprint on the environment.
What better time to take some “eco-friendly” actions than the month of April, when sustainability is the focus of events throughout the world? Below are a few ideas for you to kick off of your Earth Day celebration.
- Green Your Transportation – Even for a day, try taking the train or bus or ride a shared bike for the last mile/first mile. To get really hipster – hop on a shared electric scooter from Bird or LimeBike, which just showed up in the Bay Area. And don’t forget about casual carpool – it’s still a thing.
- Use Reusable Produce Bags – With California’s recent legislation banning plastic bags, many of us have become accustomed to carrying a tote with us to the grocery store. Beyond just the shopping bags, re-use those plastic produce bags. Better yet, purchase some small reusable mesh produce bags and bring them with you on your next trip to the market.
- Buy from Bulk Bins – With all those reusable bags you’re carrying around, you can now purchase many items from the bulk foods section. Many stores sell foods like rice, pasta, beans, nuts, cereal and granola in bulk.
- Don’t Dump, Donate – There are so many great options for donating your used items. For your used professional clothing, consider donating to an organization such as Dress for Success. Or simply take items to a charity that accepts donations, particularly when it comes to your used electronics: Recycling for Charities is a great place to re-purpose your old cell phones and laptops for a good cause.