Earth Day has been celebrated each year on April 22 since 1970 and recognizes the importance of getting politically and socially active when it comes to reducing, reusing and recycling waste. By consciously recognizing that we live in an environment that might not last forever, we can repair some of the damage that has been caused by a misuse of natural resources. If you’re interested in learning about ways to celebrate Earth Day, check out the list below.
Get a Recyclable Water Bottle
One of the largest contributing factors to excess pollution is plastic water bottles. Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles in 2016. However, the U.S.'s recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, which means 38 billion water bottles – more than $1 billion worth of plastic – are wasted each year, according to banthebottle.net. By purchasing a plastic water bottle, you can drastically reduce waste and stay hydrated.
Create A Compost Pile
One of the most effective ways to reduce waste is by creating a compost. The first step in creating a compost is collecting old food scraps and placing them a large bucket, your yard or a trash can outside. If you live in a city, place all your unwanted food scraps into your freezer and when you think you have enough, take it to a compost collecting site somewhere in your city.
Plant a Garden
Planting a garden can help improve the quality of air around you and add some aesthetic appeal to your home or apartment. It can also help improve your health. According to a blog post featured on Eartheasy.com, plating a garden can improve brain health, reduce the chances of a heart attack or stroke and provide a positive outlet for stress reduction.
Plant a Tree
Planting a tree improves the earth by providing a habitat for animals and birds. Trees also absorb carbon dioxide and other harmful pollutants like sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, from the air and release oxygen. According to NC State University, one large tree can supply a day's supply of oxygen for four people.
Reducing, reusing and recycling is the key to celebrating Earth Day and creating an environment that will last for generations to come. Follow this list of tips if you hope to improve the environment around you while enjoying a brighter planet in 2017.