It’s the 45th year that we are celebrating Earth Day today. April 22nd has been celebrated as the Earth Day and its time to sit up and take notice of the eco-friendly options we have in our life. The good part of eco-living is that these are simple and frugal options that don’t cost anything at all. Being environmentally-friendly is not just good for your home, but also for the planet ( and your wallet too!).
There are lots of things that you can do at your home and your office that can help to reduce the landfill, clean the air and preserve the earth. If you have kids, involve them in the tasks of being eco-friendly living. When they grow older, eco-friendly living will be like their second nature.
Everything starts with a small step. Every step counts. Here are 20 ways for you to follow eco-friendly living for Earth Day. These are small practices, start with at least three to five options that you do not follow already to make it a habit this year.
Eco-friendly living for Earth Day – 20 ways to set a habit!
- Switch all your lightbulbs to CFL’s.
- Make a list of the groceries you want and finish your shopping in go if you are taking your car. You’ll save fuel.
- Opt for a car-pool, whether you are going to an office or dropping your kids at school.
- Grow your own herbs and veggies. Involve your children in gardening!
- Opt for reusable bags and say no to plastic. ( I am yet to master this one!)
- Use cold water to wash your laundry and not hot water.
- Line dry your clothes.
- Opt for energy saving appliances. ( Look out for the star rating).
- If you have the luxury of natural lights, open the curtains and enjoy that!
- Walk to the supermarket for smaller chores.
- Switch off your laptop completely at night. ( Another one in my to-do list)
- Pay your bills online! Smarter and easier way to save time.
- Buy from the local farmers market if you have one.
- Reuse printed paper.
- Make your own stuff rather than opt for chemical options. Look up my section of DIY recipes.
- Switch to cloth diapers and stop contributing to the landfill.
- Collect rainwater and use it to water plants.
- Opt for the menstrual cup, they last longer and are more hygienic. And the best part, they do not contribute to a landfill like tampons or pads.
- Use old pieces of discarded cloth to clean surfaces instead of paper rolls.
- Unplug unused chargers and appliances.
Let’s not forget that these values of eco-living and sustainable living is what we’ll be passing on to the generations to come. Let’s make sensible choices.