Happy Earth Day! Looking for some ways to celebrate outside of the usual "use the recycling"?
1. Refuse disposable plastic
Bring your own bag, water bottle, coffee mug or jar, reusable utensils. Refuse plastic straws.
2. Get outside!
Instead of shopping, spend the day outside with friends or family. Take a hike or a bike ride. Picnic.
3. Check what your town actually recycles
Putting things in your recycling bin doesn't mean they will magically get recycled if it is not something your town or city takes. Check your town's website or give them a call to find a list of items that are recyclable.
Some things our town doesn't take:
- Bottle caps (plastic AND metal)
- Cereal boxes
- Cardboard egg cartons
- Aluminum foil
- Toilet paper tubes
A great way to reduce the amount of trash sent to the landfill is to start a compost pile for food scraps and paper products that can't be recycled.
Some things to compost:
- Fruit and vegetable scraps
- Egg shells
- Coffee grinds
- Used loose leaf tea (no teabags, as most of them contain plastic!)
- Paper products the recycling does not take (dirty part of the pizza box, toilet paper tubes, etc.)
- Parchment paper
5. Choose personal care products that are more natural and have less packaging
Try a shampoo bar. Replace your disposable razor (that costs a bajillion dollars in replacement cartridges) with a stainless steel safety razor. Use a bamboo toothbrush and make your own tooth powder. Make your own deodorant. Replace lotion with coconut oil.