• Earth Day ~ 50+ Ideas to Green our Lives & Communities

    Posted on March 30, 2014 by in Things that inspire me in the garden

     

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    50+ Earth Day Ideas

    Earth Day is celebrated world-wide on April 22nd. We all want a healthy environment to live in and to leave our descendants. But sometimes we are so bombarded with environmental issues and their consequences that solutions seem overwhelming and we feel powerless to affect change in the world. So I sat down and brainstormed the actions I take now or want to implement to make my yard, my neighborhood, my city and my state a better, healthier place to live. This is by no means a comprehensive list. There are thousands of ideas out there. This is just one person’s little list of fifty things we can all do to save resources, recycle, reuse and green our community. Just think if everyone made up a list of fifty actions and employed them! What a wonderful world it would be! I’ll bet that, as you read through my list, you will find you have already put many of these items into practice. I’d love to know what other ideas you have or are doing, too. Just leave me a note in the comments section at the end of this post so we can all read them!

    50 Things You Can Do!

    1. Save & swap garden seeds

    2. Make an insect hotel

    3. Garden with pollinators in mind!

    4. Reduce lawn areas

    5. Find a nursery that recycles pots

    6. Mulch with shredded leaves, grass clippings and pine needles

    7. Plant for your zone and water less

    8. Plant & maintain trees

    9. Raise some of your own food

    10. Plant a rain garden

    11. Install a rain barrel (or two)

    12. Start your own plants from seeds & cuttings

    13. Buy heirloom seeds & plants

    14. Improve indoor air quality with houseplants

    15. Join a local community garden group

    15. Compost your food & yard waste

    16. Create habitats in your yard

    17. Use organic sprays & fertilizers

    18. Smother weeds with cardboard & newspaper

    19. Support clean air & water legislation

    20. Buy & share lawn equipment with neighbors & friends

    21. Go paperless

    22. Cut back the heating temperature, wear a sweater

    23. Open a window and raise the AC temperature

    24. Turn off lights & electronics not in use

    25. Hang the laundry out to dry

    26. Use the cold water cycle when washing clothes

    27. Turn your water heater down (especially in summer)

    28. Use low or no VOC paints

    29. Plan shopping trips, go less & go together

    30. Take your own shopping bags & containers

    31. Buy local from farmers or farmers markets

    32. Buy second hand at garage sales & thrift stores

    33. Recycle everything you can

    34. Buy less that can’t be recycled

    35. If it is usable, donate. Don’t dump!

    36. Eat less meat, make it the side dish

    37. Drink unbottled water

    38. Buy in quantity and repackage with reusable containers

    39. Make your own food – buy less processed food

    40. Don’t waste food, share it !

    41. Trade in your gas hog SUV

    42. Open the car windows & turn off the AC

    43. Walk more & ride less

    44. Ride a bike

    45. Don’t smoke

    46. Use natural cleaners

    47. Don’t flush unused meds down the drain or toilet

    48. Use essential oils instead of air fresheners

    49. Pick up trash on your walk

    50. Repurpose items – use what you have

     

     

    Here are some eco-friendly posts from Our Fairfield Home & Garden! Click on the image to see more information!

    DIY hose guides http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/diy-project-hose-guides-from-curtain-rods/

    Turn cast-off curtain rods into hose guides!

    raised planting beds http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/diy-project-raised-beds-for-free/

    Repurpose shutters into raised planting beds for free!

     

     

     

     

    DIY mulching http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/diy-tucking-the-garden-in-for-the-winter-at-our-fairfield-home-garden/

    Use pine needles, shredded leaves and grass clippings for mulch!

    dormant oil spray http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/diy-tucking-the-garden-in-for-the-winter-at-our-fairfield-home-garden/

    Make you own dormant oil spray to kill plant pests for pennies!

     

    vermicomposting http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/diy-project-vermicomposting-in-a-tub-in-a-few-easy-steps/

    Anyone can compost! Vermicomposting is perfect for in-home or apartment use as it takes very litle space!

    recycled birdbath http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/garden-walk-july-1st/

    Birdbath from recycled materials

    save seeds http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/diy-seed-saving-101/

    Save and swap seeds from your garden!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Earth Day Projects With The Garden Charmers

     

     

    What do you do to green your home, your yard and your community? I’d love to hear your ideas too! Thanks! Barb

2 Responses so far.

  1. Feral Turtle says:

    Excellent tips. We do so much of this already. We purchased old water tanks from my farming family and collect a lot of rainwater every year. One of the best investments we ever made!

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