As you may or may not know, this is Earth Week. If each of us took small steps towards a more eco-conscious community, we would go a long way to making our world a better place. We are fortunate to live in Canada. Our country offers so much natural beauty and healthy resources. Being eco-wise celebrates what we have been gifted and as good stewards, we pass along healthy values to our next generation. We are visitors of this planet and we need to practice “low impact camping.” Help us to leave our planet better than how we found it.
Here are seven ideas to put in place around your home:
Plant a simple backyard garden - This is the perfect time to consider planting a simple garden at your home. If you are wondering where to start, check out this article by Better Homes and Gardens.
Switch to LED lights - Recently, we made a commitment to change all our lights to LED. What a difference it made! This change is not only better for lighting and the environment, but it’s also better on the pocketbook! For the overachiever, try to use natural light where you can. Open the blinds and let the sunshine in.
Commit to using reusable shopping bags instead of disposable bags - I’m not gonna lie, this is a tough one. I’ve never been one for planning my “grocery shop” so I often find myself without a reusable bag. Make it easy on yourself and have a bag of reusable bags handy for when you need them… work on this habit.
Use a reusable water bottle and avoid buying plastic disposable bottles - We made a commitment to drink lots and lots of water. The very first thing we did was “invest” in an amazing reusable water bottle. These bottles don’t have to be expensive. Go ahead and treat yourself, not only is it good for the environment, drinking water is great for your health.
Use the cold water cycle instead of hot to wash your clothes - We are fortunate to live in a time where science has provided amazing cold-water detergents. Again… save energy and save money. For those who are really committed, try hanging clothes to dry instead of the dryer. Your clothes will thank you.
Unplug unused chargers and appliances - Take a few minutes to walk around your home and do a “charger audit.” The jury is out about the cost savings but I can't help to wonder about the impact if everyone unplugged what wasn't in use. The worst that can happen is your home is safer and your appliances last longer.
Bike or walk to errands 2km or closer - If the pandemic has taught us anything, it's the value of fresh air and exercise. Look at your daily errands and combine them with your daily movement goals. Take a look in the basement and dig out the 'ol' backpack and say, “you and I are going places.”
Earth week is always a great reminder to make little changes to inspire big results. We are stewards of Earth and if each of us do our part the world will be a better place to raise our families and to call home. Jerome Hines once said, “the only proper way to eliminate bad habits is to replace them with good ones.” Let's celebrate Earth week together. Be open to trying new things and taking small steps to make our community and our world a healthier and better place.