By Katie Shatzer
From Thanksgiving to National Margarita Day, the meaning of a holiday is different for each of us. This is true for Earth Day (which is Monday, April 22, by the way): For some, it’s a celebration of the planet we inhabit; for others, it’s a yearly wake-up call that we are rapidly destroying it. Either way, we’ve found six ways to incorporate love for the Earth into your everyday activities.
1. Buy in bulk. Frontier is a member of the Bulk Is Green Council, which exists to educate consumers on the environmental and financial benefits of buying bulk foods. Take the council’s Earth Month pledge to buy bulk food once a week throughout April. By the end of the month, you’ll probably want to make it a habit!
2. Spend time outside. Wandering around in places like our tallgrass prairie gives you a greater appreciation for nature and more motivation to protect it.
3. Go organic. There are a number of reasons for choosing organic food, body care products and even clothing. Not only will it decrease your exposure to potentially harmful pesticides, eating organic supports an agriculture system that’s healthier for the planet.
4. Reuse and recycle. Obviously. It’s one of the easiest things we can do to decrease waste. It’s also an accessible first step for learning to be more conscious of how our actions affect the environment, particularly if you’re a recycling skeptic.
5. Know your source. Support local, organic agriculture when possible. For food that isn’t grown locally — or for body care, clothing or other items — learn about where your purchases come from, and support companies with sustainable sourcing practices.
6. Look around your kitchen. Cleaning products, cookware, water use and even your remodeling plans can all be sources of toxins and waste. Even small changes can make your kitchen greener.
How do you celebrate Earth Day every day?
About the author: Katie coordinates social media for Frontier, Simply Organic and Aura Cacia — which means her head is usually spinning with Web content ideas and her iPhone rarely leaves her sight. When she’s not giggling at the latest memes or researching social media trends, Katie loves to run, read multiple books at once, and experiment in the kitchen.