On our last big family trip we visited Iceland and noticed something about each of the residences we stayed at: they had tiny little trash cans for the entire household. I’m embarrassed to say that we had roughly 4 times the amount of trash than the size of the can itself.
It was only then that I truly took note of how much waste we were creating.
I immediately went into damage control mode and tried to reduce our waste, realizing soon after that it’s not something that can be done overnight. However, I’ve made small adjustments here and there that will help the carbon footprint our household leaves on this world so that my kids and their own for generations to come can enjoy the beauty of this earth.
Here are three things you can do at home to help the earth:
Although we live in the suburbs, we’re lucky enough to be able to walk or bike to a handful of places rather than drive. When the weather is nice, we have access to a park, ice cream shop, and many more fun locations with an extra 5-15 minutes. It’s a great way to get exercise and let kids burn some energy, all while cutting back on the carbon emissions from using a vehicle.
Plant a Garden
Since plants absorb carbon dioxide, it helps the planet to create more of them. Fox will be helping his papa in his veggie and herb garden this year while we start small with a couple of our own as we figure out how to have a green thumb. Flowers are not only a beautiful addition to any yard, but they create homes for honey bees too!
Ditch Disposable Water Bottles
Did you know that 2,000 plastic water bottles are used every second in the US, each one taking 450 years to decompose? It’s devastating to think that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. During pregnancy and ever since, I’ve had to up my water intake significantly. However, I didn’t want to hurt our planet in the process. I picked up a Brita Longlast Pitcher at my local Target after hearing that I could replace up to 1,800 single-use plastic bottles a year with just one minor change. Plus, I’m at ease that the water is clean, without odors, and tastes great! This product has the longest lasting lead removing filter, lasting 6 months.
Earth Day is April 22nd — don’t miss this opportunity to turn over a new leaf of environmental responsibility!
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