On April 22nd we remember to recycle, shorten our showertime, and commit to reading about the daunting environmental issues we’d rather pretend don’t exist. But Earth Day celebrations shouldn’t be limited to one day. After all, this is the planet we call home every single day. Why shouldn’t we spend more time caring for it?
With the weekend so close we can almost taste Saturday’s brunch bellinis, it’s the perfect time to lay out some plans and keep the spirit of Earth day alive. Not sure how to do it? Here are five ways you can go green all weekend.
1. Adopt a house plant.
According to the American Society for Horticultural Science, it’s estimated that in countries like the U.S. we spend 80 to 90 percent of our time indoors, exposing us to health risks caused by indoor pollution.
In the study, conducted by the Pennsylvania State University, they tested the effectiveness of plants on reducing indoor ozone using spider plants, snake plants, and golden pothos. All three proved that welcoming house plants into our intimate spaces aids in lessening the ozone rates.
Head to your local nursery and purchase a house plant; it’s less maintenance than a pet and will add fresh air to your home or workplace.
2. Get started on your home garden.
Not only will tending to your own garden be a relaxing hobby, but it will also yield some tasty vegetables and herbs for your home cooked meals.
Different vegetables grow best during certain seasons, but if you’re getting started in the spring or summer, the University of Florida Gardening Solutions recommends tomatoes, watermelon, cucumbers, peppers, and sweet potatoes.
3. Go vegan for the weekend.
Did you know there’s a website that will tell you how many animals’ lives you’ve spared by being vegetarian?
A vegetarian diet actually helps the environment by lessening the consumption of resources used to put meat on the table. Try going vegetarian or vegan for the weekend, than use the Vegetarian Calculator website to see how many animals you saved, while at the same time helping your own health.
4. Ditch the car all weekend.
Instead of taking out your car every time you need to run an errand, consider the other options available to you.
If you’re a city dweller, make use of Citi bikes, or dust off those old roller blades and get to skating.
For those in the burbs it might be more difficult to skate or bike on an errand run, but make it a point to engage in some outdoor activities like a brisk evening walk or taking your own bike for a spin.
5. Shop local for your foods.
Yes, shopping local can often be a bit pricier, however, you get a certain level of higher quality when you do. Buy all your fruits and veggies this weekend at your local farmer’s market instead of the larger grocery store chains.
According to EarthDay.org, when shopping at a grocery store “there’s a good chance your food has lost upwards of 45% of its original nutrients by the time you buy it!”
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