5 Mindful Lifestyle Tips To Honor Mother Earth Day All Year

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On April 22, we celebrate another Earth Day. Now, more than ever, there’s a pressing need to protect the planet and make strides to raise awareness on climate change — not only in discourse, but in practice. As actor and climate activist Leonardo Di Caprio has said, “Climate change is real. It is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”

According to the United Nations Environment Program, single-use plastics have proven to be among the most dangerous kinds of products out there. Over a million plastic bottles are purchased every minute, while five trillion plastic bags are used across the globe, annually.

From reducing plastic consumption to using less gas garden products, here are five ways to help the earth on Earth Day, and beyond.

1Reduce Your Plastic Consumption

There’s nothing wrong with recyclable shopping bags, but this year, opt for a reusable plastic cup when you get your Starbucks take-out. Plastic straws are banned in several cities, and so are plastic bags. There are many ways to reduce your plastic use, as according to the World Economic Forum, by 2050, oceans could contain more plastic than fish. Five hundred million tons of plastic are produced every year, across the globe. Remember to bring a cloth shopping bag to the supermarket. And now, for inside your fridge, Tupperware is being replaced for glass or steel containers. Experts recommend buying more bulk food and fewer packaged products, as disposable plastic containers like polystyrene trays are a big no-no at grocery stores.

2Drive Less, Bike More

Now is the time to invest in a bike and avoid taking your car for the shorter trips that can be taken by bike, as a way to reduce your carbon footprint. Biking has its health benefits, too: 10 miles per hour burns about 400 calories on a 45-minute trip. Biking just a few times a week can reduce your blood pressure and stress, while improving your overall mood and sleeping pattern. Besides, it's far easier to get a parking spot with a bike, you never get stuck in traffic and you have one less car payment to make.

3Go Vegan Leather

Animal leather is out, vegan leather is in. While vegan leather is said to have the same quality as leather, that's because it's often made from polyurethane, a polymer that's easy to craft into design. There are other kinds of vegan leather out there, like pineapple leather (made from pineapple leaves), as well as leather created from fruit waste and recycled plastic. All of these types of vegan leather are a substitute to animal products, and are being used for clothing, bags and footwear, and for upholstery, too.

4Shop Online With Eco-Friendly Companies

Be environmentally conscious when you shop online for clothing, housewares, or gifts. In fact, if there’s the opportunity to have all your orders ship together with minimal packaging, that will reduce your carbon footprint. Even be ready to choose longer delivery time windows so shipping trucks don’t have to make extra trips. Think about one mass order you could make every month. This also is an issue for e-commerce companies who sell goods online — are they donating to environmentally-friendly causes? Do they use best practices? Do they use recycled materials for their shipping and packaging? All of these factors are becoming more important when choosing the right company to order from. Check and see if they have Green Business Certification. For luxury products, see if they have the Butterfly Mark, which shows whether a company is committed to sustainability.

5Use Eco-Friendly Light Bulbs

In your home, use LED bulbs to save energy. Also use CFLs (compact fluorescent lights), and halogen incandescent light bulbs, which also last longer than traditional light bulbs. These kinds of light bulbs are more durable than wattage bulbs and are non-toxic. In fact, they’ll save you money on your monthly bills, too. Using LED bulbs can reduce your electricity consumption by up to 80% every year.

Tags: Mindfulness, Sustainability, Environment

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Nadja Sayej

Nadja Sayej is journalist based in New York City writing about design, architecture and culture for Architectural Digest, Vanity Fair and Barron's, among others. See Full Bio

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