Great! I hope I caught you before you decided how to observe the holiday, because I have a few more ideas.
- If you’ve always wanted to start recycling, take a few minutes today to set it up. One reader recommended Flings bins for storage.
- Similarly, look into starting that compost you’ve always wanted to try. If you’re in an apartment, read up on vermiculture.
- Take an hour or so to tune up your bike so it’s ready for rides. I don’t know how to do it, so I’mma watch this video from Etsy on tuning a bike — for a total novice.
- Stock up on green cleaning supplies. Make it your Earth Day Resolution to only clean using baking soda, vinegar, and water for the next year — or to cut down on harsh cleaners.
- Buy caulk and seal leaky windows in your home. And you can tell everyone you’re caulking something. It doesn’t make any sense, but it’s still funny.
- Look up where to recycle batteries in your state and make a note of where you can take your toxics. Batteries, household chemicals, and old paints should all be specially handled, but many people don’t know what to do with them.
- Implement Meatless Mondays. Any way you measure it, we waste a lot of energy eating as much meat as we do. It’s the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics.
- Watch a documentary. Food, Inc. is a fascinating watch IF ONLY to learn more about where our food comes from.
- Give up bottled water. Buy yourself your choice of reusable water bottle today, and get in the habit of remembering it.
- This is a really big one, but it’s worth bringing up: If you’re in a multi-car household, take a few minutes to think about whether you could get rid of a car. You might be surprised — and remember, it might be cheaper to live with one less car!
- Decide that this is the year you’ll buy used where possible. When you need new housewares or shoes, pledge to visit Goodwill before you hit Target. Commitment lite: Pledge to try a local store before each inclination to visit a big box.
- This tip is the most fun: Pledge to eat mostly-local vegetables this summer. If you have a farmers market, make it a priority to visit it weekly and pick out your veggies. Do beware: at larger markets, people order in out-of-region vegetables, which kind of defeats the point.
Homies: other beginner tips to green up at home?