Earth Day helps us focus on being kind to our planet. We often take for granted all the wonders this beautiful place we call home provides. To honor the earth, on Earth Day, and every day, here are some things you can do:
1. Recycle EVERYTHING you can. Find a list at http://www.recyclingcenters.org
2. Repurpose and find other uses for objects you used to throw away. One example is to use empty tin cans and jars for pencils or flower vases. Visit http://www.creatingreallyawesomefreethings.com to find some great “tin can crafts”.
3. Instead of the cardboard coffee cup sleeve, check ebay.com for unique and clever cotton and knitted reusable coffee cup sleeves.
4. Learn how to make yarn from plastic bags (plarn) at: http://www.wikihow.com
5. Donate your old electronics by visiting: http://www.pickupplease.org for details.
6. When shipping items, use old newspapers for packing instead of Styrofoam peanuts.
7. Catch rain in buckets to water the garden.
8. Use bar soap instead of liquid in plastic bottles.
If you’re wondering where you can go to take part in Earth Day events, visit http://www.earthday.org to find local events in your area as well as volunteer opportunities. Being a good steward of the earth is important, and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t also be fun. I’ll post more ways to be a friend to the earth on Monday as well as tell you how to get free seeds for plants that attract butterflies to your garden. Stay tuned.