Every Day is Earth Day: 8 Simple Ways to Live More Sustainably

Apr 12, 2024by Sean Johnson


Earth Day is right around the corner! Aren't you excited? Wait, what do you mean you didn't know Earth Day was in April? Next, you're going to tell me that you didn't know that April is Earth Month. But really, every month should be Earth Month, right?

Okay, I'll be the first to admit that it's not the most exciting holiday—but there's an argument to be made that it's one of the most important.

With Earth Day upon us (and a solar eclipse behind us), it's a great time to think about our wonderous little planet and the steps we can all take to be kinder to it. So, here are some easy, down-to-earth ways to make sustainability part of your everyday life and keep the Earth Day spirit alive all year long.


1. The Four R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and now Refuse


We've all heard of the three R's, but it's time to add a new one to the list: refuse. Say no to single-use plastics and unnecessary packaging. Bring your own bags to the grocery store, sip from a reusable water bottle, and use your own mug for that morning coffee run. And before you buy something new, ask yourself if you really need it or if there's a second-hand option.



2. Give Plants a Bigger Place on Your Plate


Switching to a plant-based diet a couple of times a week is also good for your health and the planet. The meat and dairy industries significantly contribute to carbon emissions, so adding more veggies to your meals can make a big difference. You might even discover some new favorite dishes along the way!

Pro tip from this unfit vegetarian: If you think vegetarian dishes are bland, go for Asian cuisine. Tofu and veggies are the best when they're in tempura, covered in teriyaki sauce, pad thai, or sweet chili sauce!


3. Save Water and Energy (and Money)


If you don't mind, I'd like to pull up my slacks and go into old-man mode for a second. Don't run the faucet non-stop when doing dishes, cut a minute or two off your shower time, and remember to turn off the lights when you leave a room. Small changes like these can have a big impact over time and reduce your bills. Okay, old-man mode disengage.


4. Rethink How You Get Around


Opt for more planet-friendly ways to get from A to B. Walking, biking, carpooling, and public transport are great options whenever you can. And if you do need to drive, keeping your car in good shape can help it run more efficiently, which is better for your wallet and the environment.


5. Shop with the Planet in Mind


Every purchase we make is a vote for the kind of world we want to live in. Try to support businesses that take their environmental responsibility seriously. And don't forget about local shops—they often have a smaller carbon footprint, and you'll be supporting your local economy, too.



6. Lend Your Voice to the Planet


Getting involved in community clean-ups or tree-planting days is a fantastic way to help the environment. Don't underestimate the power of your voice in advocating for policies and practices that protect our planet. Every little bit helps!


7. Never Stop Learning and Sharing


The more we know about our planet's challenges, the better equipped we are to make a difference. So keep learning, and don't keep that knowledge to yourself—talk to your friends and family about what you've learned and how they can help, too.


8. Think Before You Buy


Do you really need it? That's the question to ask yourself before making a purchase. Trying to buy less and choosing quality over quantity can help reduce waste and make the things you buy more meaningful.



Celebrating Earth Day is about more than just a single day or month—it's about committing to live more sustainably every day. By making even a few minor changes to our daily routines, we can all make a big difference for our planet. Let's make every day Earth Day and show our home some love all year round.


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