You are here: Home Homestead Living 80 Awesome Earth Day Tips 80 Awesome Earth Day Tips Leigha Staffenhagen / Insteading by Leigha Staffenhagen April 10, 2018, 1:16 pm Earth day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than choosing to make some positive changes in your everyday life! Whether you want to reduce your carbon footprint, teach your kids about the importance of protecting the environment, or support a company that makes donations to earth-conscious charities, we’ve found 77 things to do on Earth Day. Earth Day Activities for Kids 1. Build a kid-friendly garden bed. 2. Plant a backyard tree. 3. Create a DIY indoor herb garden. 4. Make an Earth Day pledge. Every day is Earth Day! #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #earthday #everyday #kindergartenteacher #kindergarten #iteachtoo #iteachk #earthdaypledge A post shared by Jolie (@jolieeeb) on Apr 24, 2017 at 2:29pm PDT 5. Run a pollution experiment. 6. Upcycle broken crayons into a multi-colored earth crayon. 7. Create an upcycled plastic suncatcher. 8. Attract birds to your yard by building a milk carton bird feeder. 9. Make newspaper seed-starting pots and plant them! 10. Make a decorative sign for Mom out of old buttons. 11. Play a recycle-sort game. 12. Talk about the importance of bees. Yesterday we had a guest speaker and learned all about bees. Lighter the color honey the sweeter it is, the darker color taste more like molasses. Bees can't see the color red. Spray almond extract to keep bees away. Fun activity for kids with pipe cleaner learning how bee legs pollenate the pollen. #bees #honey #tastetest #pollen #beelessons #toddler #toddlerslearning #guestspeaker #agextension #3yrolds #beetips A post shared by Allison Loesch (@crazystar32) on Jul 28, 2016 at 2:51pm PDT 13. Teach your kids the process of composting with this compost-in-a-bottle project. 14. Run a can-you-undo-water-pollution experiment—spoiler alert: You can’t. 15. Attract butterflies to your garden. 16. Upcycle old CDs into a gorgeous mandala. 17. Plant wildflower seeds in the backyard to attract bees! 18. Have a nature scavenger hunt to get your kids outside and learning. 19. Make these colorful and fun seed papers and remember to plant them! This week we made plantable seed paper. It was great fun and surprisingly easy to do. #kindergardening #gardeningwithkids #valentinescrafts #seedpaper A post shared by Kindergardening (@kindergardening_uk) on Feb 6, 2018 at 3:35am PST 20. Enjoy the beautiful outdoors on a family hike. 21. Make decorations for the garden that are totally upcycled! 22. Bring new life to old or broken teacups with these crafts. High School Earth Day Activities 23. Start a compost bin. 24. Build a PVC wind turbine. 25. Create art out of recycled materials. 26. Establish a recycling program at school. Even though recycling bins have been available at @whitehall.yearling High School (@whitehallrams) for the past 3 years, the bins weren’t regularly used — until now. Students raised money to buy 21 more recycling bins and want their peers to use them more often. Read more about their efforts at ThisWeekNEWS.com/Whitehall (📸 by Lorrie Cecil/ThisWeek) #thisweeknews #hyperlocal #whitehall #ohio #centralohio #columbus #recycling #recyclingprogram #highschool #whitehallyearlinghighschool A post shared by ThisWeek Community News (@thisweeknews) on Feb 25, 2018 at 9:35am PST 27. Switch classroom printers to double-sided to save paper. 28. Clean up a public park. 29. Build a DIY rain barrel for the campus. 30. Upcycle bottles into beeswax candles. 31. Compare light bulbs to learn about the importance of energy efficient bulbs. Office Earth Day Projects 32. Encourage carpooling and taking public transportation to work. 33. Take lunch at a restaurant that supports local farmers. 34. Plant a rooftop garden. Finished! #41floorsup #terracegarden #gardendesign #topiarygarden #boxwood #teddybearmagnolia #containerplanting #highriseliving #rooftopgarden #rooftopgardening #penthouse #LAgardendesign #modernfloristry #teammodflor A post shared by Modern Floristry Inc. (@modernfloristry) on Mar 9, 2018 at 9:29pm PST 35. Plan a work-from-home day to save energy at the office. 36. Lights out for the day—save energy costs. 37. Provide each employee with a recycling bin for their desk. 38. Encourage employees to take the stairs! You’ll save energy and get a workout. Reducing Your Carbon Footprint at Home 39. Calculate your carbon footprint. The results will probably surprise you. 40. Do meatless Mondays for a month. Swoon! 😍 We've officially arrived in the land of tofu and honey. 🙌 Join us this #MeatlessMonday and try Honey Sesame Tofu made with our @WoodstockFoods Organic Firm Tofu and organic green beans tonight! [Recipe inspo: @thekitchn] A post shared by Woodstock (@woodstockfoods) on Mar 26, 2018 at 6:56am PDT 41. Grow a garden to help reduce CO2. 42. Invest in green energy through your energy provider. If you live in the Puget Sound, PSE offers a green energy program that really doesn’t add all that much to your current bill! Seriously, we didn’t even notice a price increase. 43. Switch out your outdoor lights to solar. 44. Toss out those chemical household cleaners and switch to a natural alternative. Method is my favorite brand! The grapefruit all-purpose cleaner smells so good! sun's out, buns out. 🙌🏼🌭#summersolstice A post shared by method (@methodhome) on Jun 21, 2017 at 2:24pm PDT 45. Switch your paper bills to online/paperless billing. 46. Pack your lunch in a reusable bag. 47. Pack your snacks in reusable plastic bags. These ones are great! 48. Bring reusable bags when you go shopping. Many places in the U.S. have already banned plastic bags, anyways! Reducing Your Water Footprint 49. Calculate your water footprint. 50. Buy one of these eco-friendly shower heads to save water. 51. Make it a family goal to turn the water off when you brush your teeth. Simply by turning off the tap while you brush your teeth in the morning and before bedtime, you can save up to 8 gallons of water! That adds up to more than 200 gallons a month, enough to fill a huge fish tank that holds 6 small sharks! The same is true when you wash dishes. Scrape your dirty dishes into the trash—then put them in the dishwasher. #savewater #awareness #turnoffthetap A post shared by Hilton Head PSD (@hiltonheadpsd) on Mar 26, 2018 at 5:04am PDT 52. Switch to a low-flow toilet. 53. Have a family competition to see who can take the shortest showers! 54. Don’t run the dishwasher until it’s full. No half-loads here! 55. Reuse your pasta water! Let it cool, and your plants will love it. Saved my pasta water from lunch to water my plants. I’m challenging myself to use things as many times as I can before I “dispose” of them!! #zerowaste #pasta #reuse #zeroin #zerowasteliving #sustainability #upcycle #water #wateruse #pastawater #spaghetti #masonjar #eco #green #zerowastelife #spiderplant #plants #houseplants #cleanair #freshair #greenplants #hydrate A post shared by Zero-In Consulting (@zero_inconsulting) on Feb 23, 2018 at 1:49pm PST 56. Invest in a high-efficiency washer. 57. Check your toilet, faucets, tubs, and showers for leaks. Investing in Your Community 58. Get involved in restoration projects. 59. Establish a community garden. 60. Attend an Earth Day environment class! 62. Host a dinner party that features all local food. Visiting Montana life lesson #10: Celebrate an amazing week at a restaurant showcasing locally sourced food in just about every item on the menu! Seriously delicious! #lastchairkitchenandbar #experiencemontana #localfooddinner A post shared by Edible Louisville-Bluegrass (@edible_louisville) on Jul 11, 2017 at 7:25pm PDT 63. Gather up some friends and host a neighborhood cleanup party! 64. Weed community gardens of invasive species and plant native plants. 65. Adopt a tree. Earth-Conscious Companies to Buy From 66. Earth Play on Etsy—Cute earrings that donate 30% of their profits to animal and earth conservation charities! Be the voice for Mother nature🌎! Help her save these incredible, intelligent, gentle giants🐘 from the not so bright future they are currently facing. 💪🏽 Every Earth Play purchase will donate ✨30% ✨towards @savetheelephants incredible mission! Help make a difference today! 🌎💪🏽💚 ✨ Wether you make a difference through @earthplay333, donate directly to Save the Elephants mission or simply share our message and spread awareness, you will support the cause to save the elephants! ✨ Lets fight together!💪🏽 • • • • #takeaction #motherearth #savetheelephants #unite #wemustfight #elephant #elephants #jewelryonamission #makeadifference #anythinghelps #share #spreadawareness #donate #charity #saveourplanet #loveelephants #etsyshop #handcraftedjewelry #inspiredbynature #fightingfashion #helpussavetheearth #earthplay #connect2earth A post shared by Earth Play (@earthplay333) on Mar 7, 2018 at 1:19pm PST 67. Pura Vida—Cute bracelets that support a wide variety of charities, everything from mental health awareness to whales. Giving back has always been core belief at Pura Vida, which is why we started the Charity Collection! Featured here are our Save the Dolphins, Save the Sea Turtles and 1% for the Planet bracelets! 🐬🐢🌏 Which charity should we support next? Link in bio to shop our site Thanks @courtneysteeves #livefree #puravidabracelets A post shared by Pura Vida Bracelets® (@puravidabracelets) on Feb 19, 2018 at 1:57pm PST 68. Lush—Next time you get a bath bomb, grab a charity pot! The lotion is great and 100% of the proceeds go to a wide variety of charities. Thanks to your support through purchases of Charity Pot Lotion, we were able to donate $9 million to 600 groups fighting for the environment, human rights and animals in 2017. From the bottom of our hearts: thank you. 🐰🙌🌎💕 #2017 #HappyNewYear A post shared by Lush Cosmetics North America (@lushcosmetics) on Jan 1, 2018 at 10:24am PST 69. Patagonia—Patagonia donates at least 1% of all corporate earnings to grassroots organizations. And they encourage their customers to not buy new jackets if they don’t need them. Now there’s an interesting concept for a retail company… Last week, when we announced we’d give 100 percent of our global retail and online Black Friday sales directly to grassroots nonprofits working on the frontlines to protect our air, water and soil for future generations, we heard from many of our customers calling it a “fundraiser for the earth.” We’re humbled to report the response was beyond expectations: With your help, Patagonia reached a record-breaking $10 million in sales. We expected to reach $2 million in sales—we beat that expectation five times over. The enormous love our customers showed to the planet on Black Friday enables us to give every penny to hundreds of grassroots environmental organizations working around the world. Many of these environmental groups are underfunded and under the radar, and they are overwhelmed with your commitment. On behalf of these activists and every Patagonia employee, we extend a heartfelt thank you to our customers, friends and community worldwide who showed up to #LoveOurPlanet. You can learn more about the past recipients of Patagonia environmental grants in your community through the link in our profile. This additional infusion of resources will go a long way toward addressing climate change and other serious environmental issues. The science is telling us loud and clear: We have a problem. By getting active in communities, we can raise our voices to defend policies and regulations that will protect wild places and wildlife, reduce carbon emissions, build a modern energy economy based on investment in renewables, and, most crucially, ensure the United States remains fully committed to the vital goals set forth in the Paris Agreement on climate change. We’re encouraged to see the great interest from so many in making buying decisions that align with strong environmental values—and taking steps to get more directly involved as well. Thank you. #LoveOurPlanet A post shared by Patagonia (@patagonia) on Nov 29, 2016 at 10:13am PST 70. GriffinReynoldsArt on Etsy—Add a cute pin to your denim jacket with this company that donates 10% of the proceeds from its sales to the Pollinator Partnership. 71. automatte on Etsy—Need some artwork? Get this gorgeous print and 50% of your purchase will be donated to the Natural Resources Defense Council 72. DaBombFizzers on Etsy—Kick back and relax with a nice bath, and use a bath bomb that donates 100% of the proceeds to earth conservation charities! 73. Happy Earth Apparel—The cutest casual wear that donates half of their net profits to earth-conscious charities. Small actions by individuals can often make a huge difference when communities act together. What do you do for our planet? #happyearth #clothesforconservation . 📸: @stephanieyu10 . . . . #wonderful_places #beautifulmatters #watchthisinstagood #welivetoexplore #ourplanetdaily #roamtheplanet #liveoutdoors #earthpix #earthofficial #exploretocreate #staywild #beautifuldestinations #adventureculture #theweekoninstagram #folkscenery #yourshotphotographer #awakethesoul #alpineadventures #awesome_earthpix #wildernessculture #passionpassport #aroundtheworldpix #takemoreadventures #awesome_photographers A post shared by Happy Earth Apparel (@happyearthapparel) on Jan 18, 2018 at 6:43pm PST 74. Tentree—Wanna do a little online shopping and plant some trees? This company plants 10 trees for every item purchased! Planters usually only use their dominant hand (unless they are ambidextrous). This requires you to switch your trees to the other side halfway through your bag! 🌳🌲 PC: @tommymillz #treeplanters A post shared by tentree (@tentree) on Mar 2, 2018 at 12:28pm PST 75. Sand Cloud—Beach towels that will make a statement and donate 10% of their sales to water conservation. We want to thank all of our fans for supporting our mission to SAVE Marine Life. Your support allows us to GIVE BACK and #savethefishies. If you are an ambassador, please comment below why you support Sand Cloud. #savethefishies Our 50% off sale ends in less than 3 hours. Click the link in the bio to shop now. A post shared by Sand Cloud® (@sand_cloud) on Mar 25, 2018 at 9:28pm PDT Making Every Day Earth Day There are lots of small steps we can take that will add up to big changes in the long run. The key here is being consistent and encouraging others to follow in your footsteps! 76. Go through your closet and donate rarely worn clothes to Goodwill, Value Village, or Savers. There are also lots of shelters and charities that would gladly take clothes off your hands. 77. And if you do buy clothes … get them second-hand! I’ve found some of my favorite pieces at thrift stores and on consignment websites like Poshmark and Vinted. Haven't worn it in 6 months? Time to LIST. 🙌🏼💸 #fromclosettochaching #weekendplans (📷: @marykskinner) A post shared by Poshmark (@poshmark) on Jan 13, 2018 at 8:31am PST 78. Bring a reusable water bottle everywhere! You won’t have to pay for water, and if you buy the right bottle, your water will stay cold literally all day. 79. And while we’re on that topic, if you’re a daily coffee drinker like me, bring a mug to the coffee shop! Usually, you’ll get some kind of discount, and your coffee will actually stay hot. Because who likes cold coffee? Maybe it’s not everyone’s goal to go completely zero waste, but choosing reusables is an easy alternative to using disposables, and saves a lot of waste! It’s the perfect accessory for any wardrobe 😉! 📷: @sustainablissity 🌿#zerowastecollective A post shared by •The Zero Waste Collective• (@zero.waste.collective) on Mar 20, 2018 at 2:25pm PDT 80. Make it a conscious habit to turn off the lights when you leave a room. It’s simple, but it can be a hard habit to break! See more Previous article Chicken Mites Next article Heirloom Tomato Varieties One Comment Leave a Reply Nice list! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Upload a photo / attachment to this comment (PNG, JPG, GIF - 6 MB Max File Size): (Allowed file types: jpg, gif, png, maximum file size: 6MB.