Tomorrow is Earth Day and we thought we’d share some tips, smalls ways, in which you can make a difference.
- Have a “Dirty Sock Contest.” Yes, this sounds funny (and disgusting), but it works like this: In your place of business’ parking lot, employees place a clean, white sock over their vehicle’s exhaust and runs the engine for 30 seconds. The one with the dirtiest sock wins a free tune-up. Hopefully, runner-ups are motivated to “clean up their act.”
- Unwanted Seedling Giveaway — Encourage area homeowners to gather their unwanted tree seedlings from their gardens and backyards and donate them to a designated location. You can then donate them in bulk to area Habitat for Humanity locations or local farmer’s market.
- Encourage employees to donate their time and resources to a local community garden.
- Attempt a paper-free day at the office.
- Carpool or cycle to work.
With the Kids:
- Earth Day Treasure Hunt (you can do this on the weekend if the kiddies have school tomorrow): Write clues on pre-used or recycled paper that lead children to hidden organic treats or prizes like polished rocks and seashells.
- Visit an organic farm. For one near you check www.localharvest.org.
- Kids love taking reusable water bottles to school for snack time.
- Arts and crafts afternoon with recycled and reusable items around the house.
On Your Own:
- Using reusable grocery bags is always an easy way to help. I keep mine in the trunk of my car so as not to forget them, and even use them when I’m out shopping for items other than groceries. Yes, I’ve walked out of a Best Buy without the blue plastic bag, and instead tucked my purchase in a green reusable bags. That’s how I roll.
- Take reusable coffee cups to your favorite coffee shop. Bed, Bath, and Beyond sells reusable cups that look just like the Starbucks to go cups.
- There are many environmental organizations doing great things, and they could always use a donation. If you don’t know where to start, VotoLatino compiled a list of 10 Environmental Organizations.
And who doesn’t love a good freebie? Here’s a list of businesses giving away free stuff to celebrate Earth Day.