With everything that’s going on in the world, it’s important to think about the different ways you can protect your community and the planet. In a previous blog, we talked about the different ways you can help your community with the coronavirus outbreak. Today, we’re going to talk about the simple ways you can help protect the Earth.
April 22nd is Earth Day. Start introducing some of these lifestyle shifts into your everyday life and see what a difference you could make on our planet. The coronavirus outbreak should show you what can happen when we all take a step back and give the planet some time to heal: the canals in Venice are clear, and greenhouse gas emissions have dropped in China. If you want to keep the planet on this environmentally healthy path, introduce some of these eco-friendly habits and stick to them.
Make Your Home a Green Space
You can make your home into the green space the planet needs in a few different ways. An eco-friendly home will not only help the environment, but also lower your family’s carbon footprint. Some simple changes you can make include:
- Switching to a smart thermostat
- Start hang-drying clothes and using cold water to wash them
- Fix any dripping faucets or leaky pipes
- Conserve water with shorter showers
- Follow strict recycling practices to reduce landfill waste
When you start implementing a few of these ideas, sticking to them—even when it isn’t Earth Day—will become easier. Once you turn those simple changes into habits, you can figure out a way to make some bigger green changes to the home.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Compost
We’ve been told to follow the three Rs for a long time. However, a lot of people don’t follow them as strictly as they could, and it ends up not being that helpful. This Earth Day (and for the rest of the month, the year, and your lifetime), we urge you to follow these practices as much as possible. Recycle all plastic and recycle your clothes by donating them to organizations such as GreenDrop. Push it further by adding composting to your routine. Once you get the hang of it, composting is an easy habit to hold on to, and it can do wonders for the environment and your garden.
You can introduce sustainability into your life in so many ways. You can grocery shop sustainably by shopping locally and seasonally. You can make sustainable clothing choices by shopping secondhand and avoiding the trap of fast fashion. You can choose sustainability by biking instead of driving, by planting a few trees and growing a bigger garden, and by staying educated on important practices and news in the world. When you make small sustainable choices and follow through with them, you help yourself and the planet during a time of crisis.
As we said, there are tons of simple ways you can help protect the Earth—and one of them is textile recycling. Do your part and donate any unwanted home good and clothing items to GreenDrop. We’ll pick up your clothes donations in Alexandria, VA, and other locations. These services are currently postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, but they’ll return to help you help the environment as soon as the government allows. Stay safe.