Earth Day 2011

Tomor­row is Earth Day and we thought we’d share some tips, smalls ways, in which you can make a difference.

At Work:

  • 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.