On Monday, your social media was probably filled with beautiful photos of our home planet. If you missed it, April 22 was Earth Day! NASA’s Kepler telescope has discovered over 4,000 exoplanets and many other exoplanet candidates, but as far as we know, Earth is the only planet where we can live, so it’s important to protect our home! If you want to help out, here are some simple and practical tips that can help you be more sustainable.
- Bring metal utensils with you so you don’t have to use the plastic ones.
- When grocery shopping, bring a bag for produce, and buy in bulk to reduce waste
- Buy a reusable water bottle and coffee cup. Almost any building you walk into will have some form of a water fountain, and many airports and college campuses are incorporating those water bottle-filling fountains.
- As for coffee cups, most coffee shops will put coffee in them for you if you ask. If boba tea is more your style, there are reusable boba cups that you can buy online, too!
- Check out resale stores for clothing. Traditional thrifting can be a fun adventure, and some resale stores focus on nicer items– it just depends what you’re looking for.
- As for books or print items, try resale book stores or local book sales– they’re super fun and often cheap! Ebooks are another great way to reduce waste
- Unplug household electronics. They still use power when they’re fully charged. An idle laptop uses enough energy over a year to equal the CO2 from 1 hour of driving a car. It’s 2 ½ hours for an idle TV!
There are so many ways to reduce waste, whether that’s water waste, food waste, emissions, textiles, or so much more. Let’s take care of our planet and help each other do it, too! Post your own conservation and sustainability tips on social media and tag us so we can share them!
Post by Katie Mulry