Are you going to celebrate 2022 Earth Day?
Maybe you want to, but you’re not sure how. In that case, we’re here to help.
According to EarthDay.org, the theme for 2022 Earth Day is “Invest In Our Planet.” Based on that theme, we have 8 ways you can do just that in your homes and communities.
2022 Earth Day Idea #1: Plant a Tree
This has been a great thing to do for the planet for decades, and it still is today. The Canopy Project improves the environment by planting trees across the globe. You can donate to the Canopy Project, or plant a tree (or several trees) around your home or in your community.
A pollinator garden attracts bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds as well as other beneficial creatures that transfer pollen from flower to flower. Planting a pollinator garden can make a huge difference in your area, as many pollinators (like bees) have suffered greatly from the loss of habitat, pesticide use, or the spread of invasive plant species.
Native plants are the best plant pollinators. Call your local Cooperative Extension office to find out what the native plants are in your area. GardeningKnowHow.com has a handy extension office search page here.
2022 Earth Day Idea #3: Host a Teach-In for Earth Day
A teach-in is a lecture or discussion on subjects of public interest meant to educate and mobilize citizens. You can host your own teach-in in your community to cultivate awareness of climate change and planet-saving techniques.
The Earth Day organization has a helpful teach-in toolkit you can use. This makes it easy for anyone—no matter their background—to help teach on earth-day subjects. You can choose from a variety of topics to cover, including plastic pollution, air and/or water quality, biodiversity loss, food sustainability, climate change, and more.
#4. Clean Up Your Community
Sometimes one of the best things can do for the planet is to clean up your area. Get some neighbors, friends, and associates together and make a party out of it. Clean up around your neighborhood, or take your group to a nearby beach, river, lake, trail, or park and beautify those areas.
2022 Earth Day Idea #5: Become a Citizen Scientist
You can use the Global Earth Challenge app to gather critical environmental data near you. It’s available for Android and iOS devices and has two elements for you to measure: air quality and plastic pollution—with more on the way.
Users can take readings throughout the day to track how human activity and weather patterns change the air we breathe and can record the quality of the air easily outside their windows. Each reading adds to a global database of knowledge.
#6: Make Your Next Meal Plant-Based
Limiting or avoiding animal products can help reduce the burdens of animal agriculture on the planet. According to Harvard Health, different foods have differing impacts on the environment. The production of animal-based foods “tends to have higher greenhouse gas emissions than producing plant-based foods…”
Even if you enjoy eating meat, just making one day per week a meatless or plant-based day can make a difference. Keep in mind too that food waste is another part of the problem. See this article for more help on tackling food waste at home.
2022 Earth Day Idea #7: Try a Simple Act of Green
We can all do simple acts every day that benefit the planet. Here are some ideas:
- Always carry a reusable bag for shopping and other uses.
- Turn the lights off when you leave the room.
- Recycle as much as you can.
- Save water—turn it off.
- Get off junk mail lists—register with the Direct Marketing Association’s DMAchoice mail preference service.
- Unplug any devices or appliances when you’re not using them.
- Use a stainless steel or other reusable water bottle.
- Buy your food locally. The shorter the food chain, the less waste is created before it reaches your kitchen.
- Switch your flours. Crops can’t be grown every year in the same soil without replacing nutrients taken by the plants. Switching the flour you use can help—eating rye, for instance, supports farmers’ rotation. Other options include spelt and emmer flour.
Skincare products can hurt the planet via excess waste, plastics, and toxic ingredients. To green up your skincare routine, try these tips:
- Avoid products with triclosan: This is an antibacterial agent used in some makeup powders, toothpaste, tooth whitening products, antiperspirants and deodorants, shaving products, and skincare products to keep them free of microbes. It’s also a hormone disruptor that can contaminate our waterways. Look for “triclosan” or “triclocarban” on the ingredient list.
- Avoid products with parabens: These are preservatives that have been linked to breast cancer and are also believed to be hormone disruptors in dolphins and other marine mammals. Look for “paraben-free” on the product label, and watch for words like methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and others ending in -paraben on the ingredient list.
- Buy from conscientious companies: You have a lot of choices when it comes to your skincare products. Some companies are doing business like they always have, but others are producing products that are good for your skin but don’t harm the planet. Look for companies that care about the ingredients they use and include non-toxic options like natural butters and oils. Remember that CV Skinlabs uses only safe ingredients, and makes use of a minimalistic multi-use product line.
- Take a break now and then: The fewer products you use, the less there is to pollute the Earth. Consider going without makeup now and then, and think twice about signing up for those regular beauty deliveries. Going without makeup for a day can also be good for your skin!
2022 Earth Day Fact: CV Skinlabs is Investing In Our Planet!
We’re happy to say that we have kept the planet in mind from the beginning. We:
- researched and formulated our products to be free of toxins, that are safe for you and the environment.
- created recyclable packaging and committed to the continual improvement of sustainable packaging and mindful sourcing.
- our skin minimalist approach not only saves time, and money, but also relies on fewer products with more efficacy, less packaging and less environmental impact.
- donate to Women’s Voices for the Earth—an organization that works to eliminate toxic chemicals that harm women’s health.
We hope you’ll join us in getting active on Earth Day 2022! Here’s another fun idea:
Join This Year’s Earth Month Ecochallenge
This is a digital platform that gamifies behavior change. Join our team as you work to earn points while cleaning up our planet. Every team member can select actions, check off their completed actions, track and share their individual progress, and earn points for taking action. Join us and see how you and your team members’ efforts are impacting your world.
What do you have planned for 2022 Earth Day?