Earth Day is coming up on Saturday, April 22, 2023. But please, do the earth a favor: Don’t celebrate it!
Or if you want to celebrate earth day, at least don’t celebrate it the way the merchants are suggesting, by driving all over town buying their “eco-friendly” products. Instead, stay home and buy nothing; it is better for the environment, as well as your finances!
Frugal, Green Ways to Celebrate Earth Day
Here are some frugal AND green suggestions to enjoy on Earth Day or any other day of your choosing:
Instead of buying eco-friendly paper napkins and paper towels, use cloth napkins and towels.
You don’t need to buy eco-friendly cleaning products when you can make your own dishwasher detergent, glass cleaner, and laundry detergent. You can make just about anything you need with Borax, Washing Soda, and Vinegar.
Start a garden. You can not get any more local than your own backyard. You also don’t have to wonder what the term “organic” means when you are eating your own produce. Instead of throwing away kitchen scraps, use them in a compost pile.
Make something from scratch. Recyclable packaging is nice, no packaging or reusable packaging is better.
Repair something. In most cases, it is better for the environment and your pocketbook, to repair a broken item, rather than throw it away and buy a new version. When my washing machine broke, I was able to fix it myself by following the steps on an appliance help board and it cost me less than $30.00 for the replacement part.
If you feel you must go out, here are a few frugal, eco-friendly suggestions:
Visit the Library. Even if you think you want to buy a book, why not read it first and make sure it is worthy of adding to your personal collection? Many libraries also loan DVDs, Books on Tape, and CDs.
Shop at a Thrift Store, Purchasing a used item, even if it was not made of organic cotton or renewable bamboo is better for the environment than buying a new item.
My personal favorite: Turn off the electronics and instead go for a walk or bike ride.
More Earth Day Activities
Am I the only one who finds it ironic that we are being encouraged to drive all over town and buy stuff on Earth Day?