So you missed Earth Day. You are a terrible human being and because of you the earth is doomed. What, too much? Yes, entirely too much. The fact is, if we all don’t start thinking of every day as Earth Day, well that is when the big problems will grow even bigger.
I am the first to admit I can be doing more than I do. A lot more! But for it to be sustainable (pun intended), I need to make sure that I am implementing earth-friendly practices that I can really make a part of my life. Here are the top 5 practices I am pledging to make a part of my everyday earth day:
- I pledge to know where my food comes from. As a food blogger, if I don’t think about my food I missing one of the largest changes I can make in making my every day Earth Day. I will do my best to be able to trace the food I eat back to its origins. That means eating food grown locally and limiting processed foods. I have actually been working on this seriously for the last two months, and not only does my conscience feel better, but so does my belly!
- I pledge to purchase products that are produced by responsible and sustainable brands. This includes companies like Tom’s of Maine, which gives 10% of profits back to helping people and the planet (you can see more details on their sustainability programs here).
- I pledge to Support companies that are moving us towards being a zero waste society. Volunteers through TerraCycle helped keep 11,000 lbs of packaging waste out of landfills in 2014. TerraCycle makes it easy to up-cycle the un-recyclable….and you can earn money to be donated to charity!
- I pledge to educate myself on protecting our environment. I am lucky enough to work at MIT where I am surrounded by opportunities, like the MIT Sustainability Summit. This year I will take advantages of all of the opportunities I am given to educate myself on what is happening to our earth and how we can help.
- I pledge to look to Mother Nature for entertainment. We don’t need electricity, cars or manufactured goods to enjoy our time off. The great outdoors are my favorite playground, and I will do my very best to make the most out of that playground this year.
What will you be doing to make your every day Earth Day?