Earth Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the life-giving cycles of this little blue-green round planet and give back. It’s a day to be conscious of individual impact and the collective impact of humanity’s presence and production of material goods, in how it affects Earth’s sustainability.
The green spaces of the world are beautiful and diversely rich with inspiration, nurturing and lessons on survival, yet these spaces are slowly decreasing day by day. What if you applied that same consciousness you feel on Earth day in an intent all year round to celebrate the planet, through respect in daily effort to recycle, reduce, reuse and re-purpose?
Did you know that nearly 75 percent of what’s thrown away daily is recyclable? While it’s easier to toss it and forget it, it’s better for the Earth if you choose to recycle instead.
If you only choose to recycle one object, such as plastic water bottles, that is a major impact. The smallest of steps have a big impact, and many items are recyclable:
Some computer parts and inkjet cartridges and other items may be sent back to the manufacturer or other collector. For items that aren’t recyclable, you may be able to reduce, reuse or repurpose them.
Unfortunately, there are items that cannot be recycled. In your efforts to be more green throughout the year, reduce your use or purchase of these items. You may also want to reduce your consumption of items that are recyclable to lessen clutter. Consider these ideas, and choose one to start with:
Reuse and Re-purpose
Many items in your home have multiple functions and old items may be of use to a neighbor or local artist. Before you send items to the landfill, consider how you could reuse or re-purpose them instead.
Cut up old clothes and turn them into cleaning rags. Old computer equipment and electronics may be refurbished or sold to a pawn shop or online. DIY blogs also have interesting ideas for re-purposing old parts. You never know what art projects your “junk” can inspire!
The life giving cycles of the Earth may be celebrated all year round, by recycling, reducing, reusing and re-purposing the material goods in your life. You may not think your impact is big, but even the smallest of steps inspire a big change, reducing the clutter and stress in your life in the long term, too.
Whether you choose to can your own food or recycle plastic bottles, any small step is a wonderful green tribute to this beautiful, small blue-green planet.