We celebrate Earth Day once a year, but did you know that tweaking your lifestyle can be beneficial for the rest of the days in the year as well? Why celebrate it just one day? Let’s make a pact to celebrate this day all through the year. These tiny changes you can make to save the earth will leave a greener planet for generations to come. Restore our Earth is the theme for Earth Day this year.
It’s the 51st year that we are celebrating Earth Day on April 22nd, 2021. Ever since its inception in 1970, there have been many petitions signed and activists have worked towards making earth a better place to live in.
Restore our Earth – Earth Day Theme
This year on Earth Day, in accordance with its theme Restore the Earth, 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!).
Go Green in your Home
No, we are not talking about switching off the power for 30 minutes today to conserve electricity. Nor are we talking about solar panels! These do help in the long run, but things like buying energy-efficient light bulbs and appliances can help to conserve energy more than you can imagine.
Turn the Faucet Off
Do you leave the water running when you brush your teeth or shave? A pro tip (a no-brainer really!) would be to close the taps while you do your daily work. You have no idea how much water you can save with this tiny act of yours. Oh yes, take shorter showers too! Or maybe a bucket bath? You tend to save more water when you take a bucket bath in comparison to showers!
Opt for paperless mails
When you choose not to opt for paper mails or bills, you are doing your bit to save the trees. Honestly, I have zero recollection of when I last received a paper bill. Since most of my transactions are seamless e-mail or sms based, I have reminders popping up on my phone on when a particular bill needs to be paid. Think about how much paper you can save just by getting bank statements and bills sent electronically and paid the same way.
Grow your own plants
This is one of the most easiest things that one can do. Plant a tree or a plant in your home that will do wonders for your environment. When you plant a tree, not only does it provide a habitat for the birds and animals, but it also helps to replace the carbon dioxide from the air with oxygen. Plus if you plant at home, you can make mini kitchen garden! I love flowers, so you’re likely to find pots of flowers in my balcony!
Dispose waste properly
It’s not enough to reduce the quantity of our waste; we need to dispose of existing garbage correctly. Have separate bins for organic waste, tins, plastic etc. so that they can be recycled appropriately. Most societies and gated communities we reside in today insist on segregating the dry and wet garbage. Before tossing something into the dustbin, think twice about whether there’s any way you can reuse it.
Reduce plastic consumption
One of the biggest banes of our world is the excessive amount of plastic we’re using and tossing. According to this article, India generates nearly 26,000 tonnes of plastic waste every day, making it the 15th biggest plastic polluter globally. Discarded plastic waste litter the country’s roads, rivers and also form huge mounds in garbage dumps across the country. Buy products that come in paper bags or recyclable packaging. Carry cloth bags when you go shopping.
Use the right cutlery
Opt for steel or glass utensils which are safer than plastic for serving food. These days you get eco friendly lunchboxes and water bottles too, which also tend to last longer than plastic. Melanin cutlery is not safe on the longer run too!
Use appliances smartly
We can’t do away with appliances altogether, but we can use them smartly to reduce the power consumption. Opt for energy efficient appliances when buying, and ensure timely maintenance so that they continue to work optimally. Switch off appliances and pull out the plug to prevent power wastage. Turn off the switches if your chargers are connected to sockets. Implement smart practices like loading the washing machine only when full, not over stuffing the fridge or freezer and finishing your ironing in one go.
Avoid disposable options
It can be hard to stay away from disposable options – they can be very convenient! However, they all land up in the dreaded landfills, especially sanitary napkins, diapers, paper plates, plastic cutlery and Styrofoam packaging. A diaper and sanitary napkin can take about 200 years to fully decompose, so imagine how much harm we’re doing. Opt for alternative options like menstrual cups, cloth diapers and reusable cutlery and crockery. You can always use newspaper as a biodegradable packing material.
There you go! Isn’t it easy to restore our earth? Back to claiming the natural resources that make our life a lot more safer and eco-friendly. Are you taking the pledge to restore our earth on this Earth Day? Leave your pledges in the comments! I would love to know what you are doing for Earth Day this year!