Environment

46 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day (Every Day)

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Earth at night from space over Europe

By: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

46 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day (Every Day)

For the 46th recognized Earth Day, we feature forty-six ways to protect and appreciate the earth as you celebrate Earth Day. On April 22, 1970, millions of people gathered for demonstrations to shed light on pollution in America. Earth day has become more than just an American gathering on one day of the year. Now the entire globe is involved in bringing to attention the ways in which we harm our environment on a consistent basis. Try adding one of these tips a day to your daily routine to celebrate Earth Day every day.

1. Set up a recycling bin in your home.

2. Plant produce in your backyard or set up a pot on your porch. Beets, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, herbs, lettuce, melon, summer squash and tomatoes are all plants that thrive if planted in April.

3. Walk or bike to your destination instead of driving.

4. Upcycle something instead of throwing it away. Turn an old t-shirt into a shopping bag or use a glass cutter to make a beer bottle a new drinking glass—the ideas are endless!

5. Learn something new about the environment. Grist, the climate page on ThinkProgress, and NASA are all great resources to learn about our constantly-changing world.

6. Tweet a fact that you learn using the hashtag #EarthDay2016.

7. Clean out your closet and donate clothes you do not wear.

8. Hang-dry your laundry instead of using the drying machine.

9. Cook a meal using only organic, spring produce.

10. Pick up any trash you walk by on the street.

11. Make your own cleaning products.

12. Clean out food containers and reuse them for packed lunches.

13. Turn off the sink while brushing your teeth and washing your hands.

14. Take a shorter shower.

15. Turn down or turn off the AC.

16. Attend a local environmental awareness event.

17. Switch your accounts to online payment instead of mailing checks.

18. Buy a carbon offset. Carbon offsets allow you to pay for enough clean energy for all the dirty energy you use. You can pay for the power you use in one day, or you can pay for the dirty energy used in your car for a whole year!

19. Write a letter to your member of Congress supporting environmental efforts.

20. Participate in a coral reef clean-up on your next beach vacation.

21. Find places to volunteer.

22. Plant a tree.

23. Change your lightbulbs to energy-saving fluorescents.

24. Set up a composite bin.

25. Turn your computer completely off at night.

26. Unplug your cords from the wall when you are not using them.

27. Skip rinsing the dishes before you put them in the dishwasher.

28. Look through the oven window instead of opening the door.

29. Use both sides of paper instead of just one.

30. Avoid grabbing a stack of napkins when you eat out.

31. Buy a water bottle you can reuse instead of throwing away plastic bottles.

32. Go meatless on Mondays (or every day).

33. Wrap gifts in recycled paper.

34. Bring your own shopping bag to the store.

35. Shower with your partner—think how much water you’ll save!

36. Make your coffee at home instead of accumulating to-go cups. And stop using K-cups—they’re horrendous for the environment!

37. Do all of your errands in one trip.

38. Turn the lights off when you are not in the room.

39. Switch to online newspaper and magazine subscriptions.

40. Use matches instead of lighters.

41. Switch to online bank statements.

42. Use e-books or buy used books.

43. Camp instead of booking a hotel.

44. Donate to a green non-profit.

45. Buy local.

46. Buy products with the “1%” logo. 1% For The Planet is Patagonia’s program that allows them to donate 1% of their sales/profits to environmental organizations that make a difference.

Kate Wilke is the content manager at 301brands, and she's the editor of DailyBeautyHack.com, and the lifestyle editor at OhMyVeggies.com. When she's not paddle boarding or skiing, she's informing someone about global warming (or cats) over a local double IPA. Follow her on Instagram — @kateewilke