April showers bring May flowers and also bring: Earth Month! With Earth Day coming up on April 22, we consider the full month a time to celebrate the earth that nourishes us. It’s a good reminder to be thankful for the forests, rivers, streams, mountains, and oceans that make this world go ‘round and allow us all to flourish in a greater ecosystem.
While we give our thanks to the earth, this month also serves as a good reminder to renew certain eco-friendly practices that we may be slacking on. There are so many simple ways to lessen our impact on the natural beauty that surrounds us all. It just takes a bit of patience and adoption of a few core habits!
- Between 30 and 40 percent of food in the U.S. is wasted and thrown out before it gets eaten. Reduce your carbon footprint, waste, and greenhouse gas emissions by using up all the food you purchase. Even better: follow these three steps for reducing your food waste from start to finish.
- While reducing food waste is vital, there’s another ways to reduce the impact of your much-needed consumption of calories: shopping locally and in season. The more local your produce, the fewer miles it needs to travel to get to you, and the fewer emissions you add to your personal footprint on the earth. Better yet: plant your own green garden this year to get super local with your food source!
- If you’ve visited the beach recently (we’re jealous!), you’ve probably noticed the immense amount of debris and plastic washing up on the shores. In fact, there’s so much trash in the ocean these days that experts predict there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050. Use this month to reduce your plastic use in 5 easy steps.
- Not only does April mark Earth Month, it also signals the arrival of warmer weather. With spring and summer fast-approaching, it’s time to start planning how you’ll make the most of the gorgeous warm weather that surrounds you. While you’re at it, add to the list a few eco-friendly activities that your family can enjoy this season.
- So many of us have closets that are overflowing with clothes we don’t wear or need. If you feel the same way, it’s time to de-clutter your closet and recycle those old garments (here’s a step-by-step guide for doing so).
- When it’s time to buy new clothing or shoes, search for companies that promise green practices in their production and distribution of new garments. It’s easy to green your wardrobe, from searching thrift stores to picking certain fabrics to choosing eco-friendly packaging.
In fact, at Earth Shoes, we do all that we can to reduce our impact on the earth that nourishes us. Earth Month is a special time for us to reflect, as our first store opened on Earth Day in 1970. Our heritage is part of the reason why we always:
- Use recyclable shoeboxes to package all of our shoes;
- Utilize water-based adhesives in our shoes to reduce chemical impacts;
- Partner with trees.org to plant a tree for every pair of shoes purchased.
Overall, greening our lives can be incredibly simple (in fact, here’s 5 steps for simplifying your life to cut down the clutter and green each aspect of your day). Make it a goal to adopt one or two of these practices this Earth Month.
As you do, document your journey and include hashtag #MyEarthStory on social, or email us your progress at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do, you’ll be entered to win a free $500 shoe wardrobe!
We can’t wait to hear how it goes!