: Earth Day is April 22nd! Here are 7 fun and easy ways from Cozy Earth on how you can celebrate Mother Earth this year.
- Upgrade Your Bedding
To celebrate Earth Day, treat yourself to a gorgeous new set of organic bamboo sheets from Cozy Earth! Cozy Earth’s sheets are the perfect way to celebrate because they’re never treated with harsh chemicals or dyes, which drastically reduces the amount of pollution that’s leached into the environment.
Additionally, these bamboo sheets can last up to 15 years with proper care. In contrast, cheap cotton or polyester sheets only last a year or two at most. By choosing bamboo bedding over traditional bed sets, you keep all those polyester sheets you have to replace every few years out of the landfill.
In short, investing in a quality set of organic bamboo sheets saves you money and saves the earth.
- Swap out Your Lights
Another way you can reduce your carbon footprint is by reducing your energy consumption.
One quick and easy way you can do this is by swapping out your old incandescent light bulbs with LED lights. LED lights use 75-80% less energy than incandescent bulbs but still produce the same amount of light.
This one-time project is perfect to do on Earth Day and will save you tons of money in the long run.
- Lower Your Thermostat
In addition to swapping out your light bulbs, you can lower the temperature on your thermostat to reduce your energy consumption. Lowering the temperature has numerous benefits such as reducing your energy bill by 10-15% for every degree, helping you sleep better at night, and reducing the burden on your refrigerator.
For other home improvement ideas that reduce your carbon footprint, read last year’s blog, “How to Make Your Home Green in 2017.”
- End Plastic Pollution
Go to earthday.org to download your Plastic Pollution Primer and Toolkit. This toolkit helps you learn about your plastic consumption and create a personalized plastic reduction plan. You can even track your progress and share photos and stories about what you are doing to reduce your plastic consumption!
- Plant Pollinator Friendly Plants
Pollinators are vital to creating and maintaining the eco-systems that we rely on for food and shelter. Imagine living in a world without flowers, fruit, or even worse, chocolate!
To help pollinators out, plant pollinator friendly plants in your garden. Basil, English lavender, goldenrod, and sunflowers are all fantastic plants for pollinators.
- Don’t Use Chemicals or Pesticides
There is an alarming decline in honeybees worldwide. In fact, the honeybee population has declined by over 60% between 1947 and 2008. This dramatic decline is particularly alarming because honeybees are responsible for 80% of the world’s pollination.
Much of this decline is due to excessive use of pesticides and the ever expanding conversion of landscapes to human use. To save the honeybee, don’t use chemicals and pesticides to treat your lawn or garden.
- Feed the Bees
If you want to go a step further, you can even feed the bees to help encourage them to pollinate.
Bees are thirsty so set out a shallow dish filled with clean water. Make sure to surround the dish with a few stones for the bees to land on. This fun project creates the perfect opportunity for parents to teach their children about the importance of protecting the environment.
What are your favorite ways to celebrate Earth Day? Let us know in the comments below!