Disclosure: Boodywear sent me complimentary product in honor of Earth Day. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This Saturday, April 22, 2017 is Earth Day. I believe in taking care of our planet, sharing it with the other creatures that live on it, and trying to live a more eco-conscious existence. Yup, I'm a little flower child as my dad would say. My lifestyle isn't 100% eco-friendly(why do I ALWAYS forget to take my reusable bags back out to the car to use again after using them?!?!), but I try to add in some little things because sustainability is important.
Cue the Captain Planet theme song.
For my Friday Favorites this week, here are 5 easy ways you can celebrate Earth Day in Baltimore and beyond.
Simple concept that we hear all the time, but recycling is awesome. Don't let your trash sit in a landfill if it can be recycled! I recycle a ton and will literally carry around empty containers in my purse if I can't find a recycle bin because throwing things away that can be recycled (and have the little recycle symbol on them) hurts my heart.
E-waste or electronic waste is actually becoming a trash issue in the states so find out where you can recycle your e-waste on the EPA's website. When I moved recently, we donated some old computer parts and cell-phones so donating is also an option-just google for local shops or organizations that accept those products. I definitely have a bag of dead batteries I need to get around to recycling this weekend.
2. Use a reusable water bottle.Disposable plastic water bottles are terrible, and I rarely use them after learning more about recycling in an environmental biology class my senior year of college. Most of the country's plastic water bottles are sitting in landfills instead of being recycled, and 2.5 million plastic water bottles are thrown away every hour by Americans-SAY WHAT?! (source).
I'm pretty much always carrying a reusable water bottle with me. I have many reusable water bottles, but my go-to is the Nathan BigShot 32 oz water bottle which is BPA-free, has a nice spot, and only needs to be filled up a few times a day
3. Shop for eco-conscious & sustainable brands.
I love seeing more Eco-friendly and conscious brands selling all sorts of products including beauty, cleaning, and clothing. You know how much I love Prana gear which has a commitment to sustainability and has cool products like this cute bathing suit top made with recycled materials.
I mentioned around the holidays how much I loved Boodywear too, an eco-friendly Australian clothing company who makes awesome basics and baby onesies. In honor of earth day they were nice enough to send me a few more of their pieces including this ADORABLE panda shirt I had to have. I also got sent one of their bodysuits so I can try wearing it with my jeans like the celebs do (I'm looking at you Khloe Kardashian). Also Emma Watson was spotted on the Beauty and the Beast press tour sporting their tee which is cool.
Anyways they produce pretty much the softest clothing ever made from yarn spun from bamboo in zero-waste factories. Their products are all organic, moisture-wicking, antibacterial and anti-fungal, hypo-allergenic, and thermo-regulating. Their shirts and leggings are super soft, stretchy, and SO comfortable. I have been living in their t-shirt and a pair of leggings. Check Boodywear out on their website or Amazon.
3. Volunteer with an organization on an earth-friendly project or attend an Earth Day celebration.
Volunteering is always a great way to give back-sometimes literally. I know here in Baltimore TreeBaltimore offers free trees that can be planted to help make the city a more green place to live. Blue Water Baltimore also offers regional stream cleanups, and their website also has a calendar which offers local trash cleanups in the area too.
Another option is to attend an educational event or Earth Day celebration. Here in Baltimore the National Aquarium is having a celebration on Saturday starting at 9 AM with interactive activities to learn about preservation and sustainability. Check out local websites and newspapers for more events near you.
5. Get Outside
Getting outside and enjoying the beauty of nature is always a great way to celebrate the Earth. Find a beautiful place to picnic, take a hike, or go for a trail run.
|outdoors in Nevada during Ragnar Vegas 2015|
Also this weekend is still part of National Parks Week so take advantage of FREE admission to any of the National Parks (apparently many are free but 117 normally charge an entrance free). Happy exploring!
Are you getting outside this weekend? What's your favorite eco-friendly product or brand?