It’s Earth Day and you’ve probably already read quite a few stories about why this day matters. Maybe you’re even doing something to make the world a little greener today, like planting a tree or cleaning up a strip of beach or highway. But if you’re feeling called to make Earth Day an every day kind of commitment, here are just a few ways you can make a difference year-round.
1. Stop eating animals: Going meat free is one of the best and easiest ways to help the planet. You reduce the impact on the environment by limiting the contribution to greenhouse gases, reducing use of water, land and nutrients that livestock animals use up. Plants are a healthier, lower impact food source that’s better for you, the earth and the animals.
2. VB6: If going completely animal-product-free isn’t an option, try the Vegan Before 6 (pm) idea—eat vegan all day and then, if you want, have animal products with dinner.
3. Conserve your water usage: This can be as easy as getting better at washing dishes, transitioning to a grass-free lawn, or capturing and using your grey water. It may not seem like much, but every bit helps.
4. Switch to green cleaners and laundry detergents: Not only do green products get the job done, they’re free from chemicals known to have human and environmental health risks. Switch to natural products or make your own!
5. Eat organic: Yes, it can sometimes cost more, but when you start to think about the big picture—about how the lack of pesticides is better for the land and for the farmers as well as your health, eating organic soon becomes a no-brainer. Just do it.
6. Reduce, reuse and recycle: You’ll probably hear this 100 times today and for good reason! These three steps are, quite simply, really important. When we think about everything we’re using and whether or not it can fall into one of these three categories, we become more aware and more invested in protecting our planet. Not just on Earth Day, but every day.
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