Earth Day is an excellent time to take stock and find ways to green up and improve the true quality of our everyday lives. While shifting to more earth-friendly and sustainable habits is the big-picture goal, the really neat part is that these choices can lead to a healthier, more enjoyable life and save money too. I’ll show you what I mean.
It’s All Connected
It may seem like small steps to choose different cleaning products, combine shopping trips to use less fuel, create art from recycled junk (these projects don’t require any power tools), let things wear out before replacing them, or grow a salad in your kitchen, but collectively these things really add up. There’s less waste, better health, money saved, calmer days, and, if you’re like me, more fun. It’s a win-win-win.
With the threat of climate change and the unfathomable ways we are polluting this planet and destroying non-renewable resources, it just makes more sense than ever to live on the down-low: dial down the consumption and waste.
The biggest changes will come as we shift from wasteful to sustainable practices for the big stuff (manufacturing, infrastructure, energy) but there’s also plenty of room for improvement in our lives at home right now.
Earth Day is Every Day
We can speak up about the big issues with governments and corporations, and, at the same time let how we live our daily lives and spend our money make huge statements about how we want life to be. Vote with your ballot and your wallet!
If there’s an issue that really gets under your skin, that’s the one to study and speak up about. For me, it’s excessive packaging and single-use plastics. For you it may be something else. Together we can help make the shift to a greener world.
Here’s some ideas.
It’s all about refusing, reusing, repurposing, recycling, making do, and adapting. And enjoying life.
- Earth Day Ideas for Gardeners
This post is on eBay where I collaborate as a blogger. You will find lots of projects and ideas to help you live a little greener, spend less money, cause less waste, and enjoy delicious, fresh homegrown foods along the way. Have a look and see if there’s anything you’d like to try (that you’re not doing already).
- How to Save Money Every Time You Shop
The more you save, the less you have to work, and the less you have to work, the fewer resources you use, right? Or that’s my story. No matter what, why pay more for anything when you don’t have to?
- Decluttering 101: How to Let it Go and Get on With It
Having less stuff and keeping it in good order is a way to make much better use of what we do have (and not waste time sorting or cleaning that which we don’t need). Let it go! And sing it proud.
- How I Came Out as a Front Yard Veggie Grower
For years we had a front lawn like everyone else around us, and during that time I could not grow many fruits or veggies because that was our only prime growing space. I was very nervous about removing the lawn, not knowing how some people might react. Read on to see what happened.
- Make a Cleaning Kit with Homemade Cleaners
When my first child was learning to crawl, I remember a story in the news about a baby girl died from the fumes when crawling on the freshly-washed kitchen floor. The parent had used a popular brand of floor cleanser. That was all I needed to hear to make the shift to harmless (and totally effective) homemade cleaners. Baking soda and vinegar take care of just about everything. See the post for all of my favourite cleaner recipes.
- Recycled DIY & Craft Project Idea Bank
I created this Idea Bank to make it easy to look up an item (something you want to find a new use for) and create some new and wonderful with it.
- Live Debt-Free
When you live within your means, you are more mindful of what you consume.
There’s obviously zillions more things we can do and each one of us will have different approaches. No matter what, there’s power in numbers.
If you have favourite green ideas that save time, money, or resources, do share! I’m always game for new things to try.
And Happy Earth Day to you. Every single day.
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