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7 Things You Can Do to Show Love for Our Planet Beyond Earth Day

Photo: Symra Brandon

Earth Day is celebrated worldwide on April 22nd, a day that acts as a reminder to support environmental protection and conservation efforts. The world is Girlnetic’s playground after all, and the only way to continue to appreciate its natural beauty and resources is by doing our part to show love for our planet not just on Earth Day, but everyday. Here are 7 ways:

Use Water Bottles (Instead of Bottled Waters)

Bottled waters are a bad idea because they end up in landfills and take over 1,000 years to biodegrade. Most of them are incinerated and produce fumes harmful to the environment, or even worse, end up in the beautiful oceans and beaches we love to frequent.

Instead of using bottled waters, invest in a water bottle that you can use time and time again. Not only will you help save the Earth, but you will also save money. Purchase a self-filtering water bottle like LIFESAVER that filter out viruses, bacteria, cysts and parasites, and you can pretty much turn any water source into safe, drinkable water.

Donate or Recycle Old Workout Gear and Equipment

If you’re a fitness fanatic like us, workout gear is staple to your wardrobe. Once they are torn and tattered from overuse, recycle by dropping off at your local H&M (apparel) or Nike store (shoes). If they still have some life in them, drop off at Goodwill or Soles4Souls. For sports equipment that’s collecting dust in your garage, donate to Sports Gift. Have a gently used yoga mat you want to get rid of? Donate it to Yoga Foster.

Grow Your Own Food

If you have your own little piece of land, build your own garden. If not, there are community gardens and co-ops you can join where you share space with other green thumbs. No community garden near you? Reach out to your local elected official or community leader to bring everyone together and build one.

Take it even a step further help build this garden (like what I did recently in Yonkers for Senator Stewart-Cousins’ Earth Week Celebration). Whatever option you choose, growing your own produce gives you direct access to the freshest, most organic foods you will ever find. Not to mention, a great workout!

Senator Stewart-Cousins Inaugural Earth Week Celebration - Max Braun Community Garden, Yonkers, NY

Senator Stewart-Cousins Inaugural Earth Week Celebration – Max Braun Community Garden, Yonkers, NY

Buy Eco-Friendly Products

Thankfully, we are living in a period of time where companies are making socially responsible decisions about how they conduct their business. Many of these companies are thriving because the demand for eco-conscious products (produced using eco-friendly processes) have increased over the years, the result of socially-conscious consumers like you and me who make many of our buying choices based on how it impacts our community and environment.

We can continue to push companies in this direction by only buying from socially-responsible and eco-friendly brands like teeki (activewear made of recycled water bottles), United By Blue (sustainable outdoor lifestyle) and soleRebels (recycled, organic footwear) to name a few.

Support A Local Environmental Organization

There are many environmental organizations that are already fighting the fight to protect and preserve our planet. You can support their efforts by donating money, sweat equity, or at the least, by helping raise awareness through social media. You can find a reputable environmental organization near you using CharityNavigator.org, but here are some of our national favorites:

  • Earthjustice: The nation’s original and largest nonprofit environmental law organization, leveraging their expertise and commitment to fight for justice and advance the promise of a healthy world for all.
  • Ecotrust: Inspiring fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equity, and environmental well-being whose goal is to foster a natural model of development that creates more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems around the world.
  • Greenpeace: The leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.
  • The National Conservancy:  Conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.
  • The Sierra Club: The nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization — with more than two million members and supporters.
  • The Surfrider Foundation: Dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.
  • Wildlife Conservation Network: Protecting endangered species and preserving their natural habitats by supporting entrepreneurial conservationists who pursue innovative strategies for people and wildlife to co-exist and thrive.

Carry Trash Bags Around With You

Just in case you come across non-biodegradable trash that others have left behind while on your morning trail hike or evening beach stroll, so you can leave the area feeling good that you’ve done what you had to do to keep it beautiful.

Unplug (To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint)

Probably the hardest thing to do since our livelihood has become very dependent on electronics. But by powering down and unplugging when you are done using your home electronics, treadmill and other workout gadgets, you will save a lot of energy (while lowering your energy bill!!) that gets drained when you keep things on or plugged in.

Take it even a step further and vow to stay unplugged for the whole day at least once a month, focusing on activities that don’t require electricity. You may just catch up on some reading, finish a DIY project, or learn a new skill while reducing your carbon footprint. To us, that’s a win-win!

Here are other ways you can reduce your carbon footprint.

These are just 7 ideas–I’m certain there are many more! Share yours by commenting below.

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