This Saturday is Earth Day. Did you remember?
Here at CV Skinlabs, this is a special holiday for us. In addition to being committed to using natural and nourishing ingredients, we’re also proud of our efforts to use BPA-free and completely recyclable packaging.
We use only fair trade, certified organic shea butter, and only plant extracts to provide a light, fresh scent to our products. We never test on animals, and we even print our product brochure on the inside of our cartons when possible. Our efforts even won us an eco-excellence award from the NCW magazine! Now in its 7th year, it’s one of the biggest awards recognizing excellence in the world of sustainability, social responsibility, whole foods, and health and wellness industries.
With concern growing about global warming, pollution, and contaminated water, you may wonder what you can do to help preserve the planet on Earth Day. We’ve got some great ideas for you. Not only will these steps help preserve valuable resources, they’ll provide you and your family with some fun activities to do together.
1. Leave the car at home.
For at least one day, and maybe one day a week, leave the car at home. Bike or carpool to your destination, to help cut down on all that exhaust in our atmosphere.
2. Go paperless.
You probably already pay some of your bills online. This is a great way to help save paper and trees! Check over your records to be sure you’ve switched over all the accounts that you can to online billing.
3. Plant a tree.
This is a fun activity to do as a family. You can plant a tree near your home, or get permission to plant one or more in an area of your community.
4. Plan a litter pick-up party.
Gather together a group of people, and then choose a location like a park, strip of highway, or other treasured community area. Bring along your garbage bags and gloves, and spend a couple hours picking up the litter. It can be a fun thing to do with family, friends, and community groups, and will help perk up the appearance of the area where you live.
5. Plant a garden.
This is a great time of year to get a garden going. Many communities offer plots in a central location, or you can plant one outside or even inside your home. You can grow a number of produce items inside, or create a section of your back yard that you turn into a garden. It’s a great learning experience for kids!
6. Take a hike.
Many of us spend too much time removed from nature these days. Organize a hike for you and your family or friends, and get out into the great outdoors. Breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun on your skin, and rejuvenate your mind and body by getting in touch with the Earth around you.
7. Review your home energy usage.
How are you doing on making your home energy efficient? Have you updated all your light bulbs to more energy-efficient types? Are your doors sufficiently insulated? Are you remembering to turn lights off when not in use? Do you have any leaky faucets? Consider holding a family meeting to generate ideas for how you can all use less energy.
8. Donate to charity.
You can do this as part of your home clean-up—gather together all old clothes, toys, and furniture that you don’t really need anymore and donate it. Anything that you or your family members haven’t worn in over a year should go into the box. Toys that your children have outgrown can be given to another child that wouldn’t have them otherwise. Review your stuff with an eye toward how it may benefit someone else.
9. Choose green to clean.
Many cleaning products are full of toxic chemicals that aren’t good for you to be breathing or pouring down the sink. Whenever possible, use greener cleaning products that are less likely to damage our waterways. We have some great recommendations for you in these posts:
10. Donate to your favorite green charity.
If you can spare a few dollars, donate to your favorite wildlife preserve, aquarium, national park, or other Earth-friendly organization. It’s a great time to pitch in and help those organizations that are trying to preserve our natural world for generations to come.
How do you celebrate Earth Day?