Earth Day is finally here! We should be focusing on green habits throughout the entire year, but if you haven’t gotten around to it, why not start today? We’ve created a quick list of six easy Earth Day activities. These are things you can do right now to better the planet, both today and for the entire year to come.
The toilet is responsible for up to 30 percent of the home’s total water usage. Take a couple simple steps toward wasting less water:
- Test for leaks by adding a few drops of food coloring to the tank, then waiting to see if it appears in the bowl without flushing the toilet. If there’s a leak, flappers are inexpensive and easy to replace without tools.
- Create your own toilet dam by filling plastic bottles with sand so that they remain at the bottom of the tank. The bottles will displace water that would have otherwise filled the tank so that the toilet uses less water each time it’s flushed.
Never forget to water your plants, or worse yet over-water your plants, again! An old wine bottle acts as an irrigation system. All you need to do is drill a small hole in the cap, fill the bottle with water, secure the cap, and push the bottle neck about one inch into the soil. As the soil becomes dry, the wine bottles will water your plants automatically.
Maybe you don’t have any potted plants, so why not try making your own planters out of milk jugs? There are a variety of looks you can go for with this one, but the main idea is to find a new use for old cartons that would otherwise go to waste. Remember to poke small holes in the bottom of jugs to allow for water drainage.
It’s not as crazy as it sounds, it’s really simple, and it’s one step closer to living a waste-free life. To remove natural chemicals, soak a cup of almonds in a glass bowl for 8-12 hours, drain and rinse. Then blend the nuts with a dash of sea salt, 4 cups of filtered water, and any added flavors you might like (vanilla extract, honey). The blended milk needs to be strained through a nut bag, and you’re done! You’ve got delicious homemade milk. If you’re interested in trying this out with other nuts, this is a seriously comprehensive guide.
There are a ton of great uses for your old coffee grounds, including as plant fertilizer and an all-natural body scrub! Rub the grounds on your skin with a warm washcloth and then gently rinse when you’re done. Your skin will feel silky and smooth, and the coffee is said to work as an anti-cellulite scrub. Double bonus! Or, if a scrub isn’t for you, coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen, so pour some over your outdoor soil.
If you live in a coastal city, this one’s crucial. A clean beach not only looks and feels better, but it prevents trash from infiltrating our ocean. Google beach cleanups in your city, or get out there on your own and collect garbage. Once you try it, you’ll realize how much trash is out there and you’ll feel directly capable of making a difference.
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