For nearly 50 years, Earth Day has been bringing people from around the world together behind a common cause – reducing the impact of human activity on the planet.
More than 1 billion people are expected to take part in Earth Day events and activities from home to benefit the environment on April 22nd.
When you can’t get involved in official tree planting ceremonies, park clean-ups and organized nature hikes to make a difference there are plenty of simple eco-friendly things we can all do on a daily basis to help make the world a greener place.
“Even something that may seem so small like composting or donating your old furniture can genuinely work to make a larger positive impact on the world around us,” says Mike Thorne, President of JUSTJUNK.
So with Earth Day in mind, here are five quick and easy tips from JUSTJUNK to make your environmental footprint a little lighter:
1. Remember your three R’s
- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! These are the three R’s that can help make being eco-conscious everyday easy. Use water filters and reusable water containers instead of single-use plastic water bottles or containers. Find reusable alternatives to frequently disposed of items such as diapers and grocery bags. Try to reduce the amount of packaged goods that you purchase and make sure that you recycle properly when you do use them.
- Your spring cleaning can help others
- If you are itching to get rid of items such as furniture that you may not want, know that it can be put to good use. JUSTJUNK donates salvageable furniture to local furniture banks in order to help reduce waste and help those who are in need. So, before you throw your couch to the curb, remember that it could be used in someone else’s home. If donation organizations can’t take them, make sure to ask around friends and family before sending the items to the curb.
- Know that you have resources
- If you are unsure about how to dispose of larger items such as hot tubs, appliances or exercise equipment, know that you have resources available to help you make the most eco-conscious decision. Look to local community swap groups to see if you can exchange something for an item that you may need.
- Refresh yourself on what is considered compostable. Items such as food leftovers, fruit and vegetable peelings, cat litter, coffee grounds and filters, eggshells and even wood chips may be considered compostable dependent on your area. Check with your local waste management provider for which household materials they pick up as compost.
- Grass-cycling programs
- Did you know that you can use old grass clippings as mulch? If you are in need of a little landscape refresher, your old grass clippings can be used to enrich your soil and make your garden very happy.
This is just the tip of the iceberg! Keep these activities going year-round – not just for one day – and we can see a considerable positive impact on the environment in our lifetime!