While Earth Day is officially on April 22, at Gaia Herbs we celebrate Earth Day every day. Stewarding the planet with care is one of our utmost values. We constantly strive to improve the quality of the earth through sustainable practices that align with the inherent wisdom of nature. You, too, can take simple steps to show your love for the planet and celebrate Earth Day!
Here are some easy ways to care for the earth in your day-to-day life:
SAVE YOUR VEGETABLE SCRAPS
Save your vegetable scraps to make your own vegetable broth. You can save scraps such as onion peels, garlic skin, carrot tops, celery tops, etc. in a bag or container in your freezer. Once it’s full, add the vegetable scraps to a pot, add water, and make your own vegetable broth.
You can also use your vegetable scraps to start your own compost bin. Compost is a nutrient-rich blend of decomposed organic materials that enriches soil and reduces the need for chemical fertilizers. Plus, it’s a great way to recycle leftovers.
THANK A FARMER
If you love eating fresh fruits and vegetables, thank a farmer for their work by shopping at the farmer’s market! Buying your food from farmer’s markets offers the chance to connect with your community, support local families and farmers, and learn where your food comes from. To find a farmer’s market near you, check out the USDA’s Farmer’s Market Directory.
REFUSE A STRAW
Over 500,000,000 plastic straws are used each day in the United States. After being used, they instantly become a source of plastic pollution. When ordering a drink, politely refuse a plastic straw. Take your impact one step further by using your own paper, glass, bamboo, or stainless steel straw. Plastic-free straws are easy to carry and use on the go. Using a plastic-free straw can even spark conversation and create an opportunity to share knowledge.
BRING YOUR OWN CONTAINERS
Food containers and packaging make up a major portion of landfill waste, amounting to 77.9 million tons in 2015. Instead of buying food in plastic packaging, find a grocery store near you that offers a bulk section or a self-serve food bar. Bulk sections usually carry spices, nuts, flours, grains, and more. You can bring your own containers, weigh them, and fill them. Take your impact a step further by bringing your own to-go container when you go out to eat. Taking these actions can help open a dialogue about easy ways to reduce waste.
FIX IT UP
Instead of buying a new one when something breaks, spend the time fixing it. In our go-go-go society, it has become “more convenient” to just throw something away, which contributes to the waste cycle. With countless DIY videos and tutorials on YouTube, learning how to fix something can be a simple process.
Eliminate meat from your diet at least one day a week. Reducing meat consumption can help preserve precious planetary resources and mitigate climate change. It requires nearly 2,000 gallons of water to raise one pound of beef.
Replace old incandescent and halogen light bulbs in your house with energy-efficient LED bulbs. LEDs are long-lasting bulbs that use less energy than incandescent, halogen, or fluorescent bulbs to provide the same light output. They reduce spending on energy over time.
LIVE LIFE GREENER
Every day you have the choice to make a positive impact on the earth. For even more tips on how to lighten your footprint and make life a bit greener, check out our previous blog.
To learn more about Gaia Herbs’ sustainability efforts and ways we strive to keep our planet healthy, read our 2018 Sustainability Report.
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodall