50 Ways to Celebrate
the 50th Earth Day

<b>50 Ways to Celebrate </b><br>the 50th Earth Day

This year marks the 50th Earth Day Celebration. Did you know that, according to EarthDay.org, the first Earth Day, celebrated in 1970, is credited with launching the modern environmental movement and is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event?

To celebrate, we have put together a list of 50 ways you can celebrate – while practicing social distancing, of course! 

  1. Go for a hike or walk 
  2. Plant a tree
  3. Watch the sunrise (or sunset)
  4. Practice yoga outside
  5. Pick up litter on your road
  6. Plant a garden – container gardens count too!
  7. Line dry your clothes
  8. Get yourself a reusable straw
  9. Ditch tampons and pads – make the switch to a menstrual cup
  10. Compost – if you don’t have the means to do it yourself, some refuse companies offer it along with recycling!
  11. Start a window sill garden – Did you know you can regrow your own food from food scraps like romaine lettuce and green onions!?
  12. Get a reusable water bottle
  13. Start using reusable snack bags
  14. Switch to paperless billing
  15. Wash laundry in cold water
  16. Invest in reusable grocery bags – consider canvas totes so they can be washed easily
  17. Recycle old electronics instead of tossing them
  18. Read up on recycling – what do all those numbers mean, anyway? [Pro Tip: Our standard deodorant sticks are made with 100% recyclable plastic!] 
  19. Repurpose items like old tissue boxes to hold plastic bags and jars to hold small items– organizing under your sink is an added bonus!
  20. Feeling crafty? Use all of the wine corks you’ve been collecting during quarantine and make trivets/hot pads for your kitchen table - just make sure you don’t use the synthetic corks or they’ll melt!
  21. If it’s offered as an option, select “packaging free” when shopping online
  22. Commit to cloth napkins
  23. Clean out your closet – save any clothing in good condition to donate to a local shelter
  24. Have kiddos? Put them to work to make a bird feeder out of items that can be repurposed from around your home
  25. Look up your local watershed and find out how you can help support their efforts 
  26. Join a virtual class – learn how to garden from master gardeners
  27. Get your kiddos on board – find out what ideas they have to help the environment
  28. Sign up for produce deliveries from a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
  29. Don’t throw away your batteries, recycle them instead. Bonus! You can save them for recycling in a repurposed jar or container
  30. Find a virtual event to join on earthday.org!
  31. Step it up a notch and if you have the means, become a beekeeper – help save the bees and get some delicious honey!
  32. Donate to a conservation fund or environmental group you’re passionate about
  33. Take the Earth Challenge 2020 – the world’s largest coordinated citizen science campaign lets you gather important scientific data like air quality and plastic pollution and submit it to research advisory teams committed to mitigating environmental threats
  34. Shop eco-friendly products as often as possible. Companies like Grove Collaborative deliver it right to your door and you can find SmartyPits on their site. 
  35. Build a birdhouse or animal habitat in your yard
  36. Plant wildflowers that will attract butterfly or honey bees
  37. Switch to LED lightbulbs
  38. Adjust your water heater to 120 degrees
  39. Use low-flow nozzles on your faucets
  40. Get outside to clean up brush and create a “defensible space” around your home
  41. Make a daisy chain crown like you did when you were a kid
  42. Repurpose recyclable products - jars, containers, boxes, etc
  43. Reduce food waste – try meal planning and build a grocery list based around just what you need
  44. Limit your trips – plan to run your errands all at once
  45. Walk or bike places instead of driving
  46. Grab your binoculars and spend the afternoon bird watching
  47. Make peace with your lonely, matchless socks then cut the tips off of them and use them as rags for cleaning and dusting. Wash, rinse, repeat!
  48. Keep paper that’s blank on one side to reuse for scratch paper
  49. Switch to loose leaf tea
  50. Go Green with our SmartyPits Sustainable Collection – entirely plastic-free and biodegradable!

Throughout the week, our SmartyPits Squad will be celebrating too and we’ll be sharing those photos and stories on social, so be sure to follow along!