Earth Day is April 22 and Bluebird Botanicals is sharing ten easy ways you can celebrate.
1. Make an “Earth Day” resolution!
Bluebird is family owned and we care for our Mother Earth like family. We treat every day like it’s Earth Day; our strict sourcing and business practices are designed to have minimal negative impact on the environment.
Bluebird encourages you to create your own resolution — or two — to recognize the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement and help support our planet. Pledge to maximize what you recycle. Commute to work by bike, bus, carpooling, or on your own two feet. Or even just make sure to turn off the water when you’re brushing your teeth. Every little bit helps.
2. Create your own compost bin.
If rotting food waste were a country, it would rank third after the U.S. and China in its impact on climate change. For about $10 worth of material, you can create your own compost bin and reduce your impact on this global issue.
All you need is a plastic bin, a drill (your own or borrowed), a base of shredded newspaper or dry leaves, and dirt!
Check out this quick and easy tutorial and invite your friends to join in on the fun to turn it into a craft activity!
3. Take the #TrashTag challenge.
What started as an internet challenge has evolved into a widespread phenomenon.
You’ve probably seen the viral posts floating around the internet featuring before and after photos where people have spent their time cleaning up littered areas in their local parks or at beaches.
Why not pitch in and share your own?
4. Switch your bills to e-bills.
This is a small switch that has the potential to make a big impact.
According to Javelin Strategy and Research, if every American household used eBills, it would save an estimated 800,000 tons of solid waste from landing in U.S. landfills and reduce the release of greenhouse gases by 2.1 million tons. This switch would also save an estimated 18.5 million trees a year.
If you’re still receiving billing statements in the mail, try making the switch to digital! It takes less than a minute to adjust your billing preferences.
5. Get LED light bulbs.
LED light bulbs have a host of benefits. Not only are they 80 to 90% efficient, compared with incandescent bulbs that lose 80% of the electrical energy used to heat, they’re safer to use because of these cooler temperatures.
LEDs are not only safer but they’re also more cost-effective. While a standard incandescent bulb lasts about 750 hours, an LED bulb can last between 50,000 and 100,000 hours or up to 11 years.
This makes LEDs perfect for those hard-to-reach lights at the top of the stairs, or just to save some of your own time and energy (see what we did there?) by not having to replace your lights as frequently. Plus, as a bonus, LED bulbs are 100% recyclable.
6. Get — and commit to using — a reusable water bottle and/or coffee cup. Even better, bring your own tupperware when you go out to eat!
You’ve heard the spiel: single-use plastics are killing the earth. Typically, the talk is about plastic water bottles and straws. But what about that cup of coffee you get every morning or the styrofoam container that your takeout comes home in? Replacing these with reusable options is an easy way to reduce your carbon footprint. Many coffee shops even offer discounts for taking your morning brew in a reusable mug, meaning you’ll get more bang for your buck.
Americans throw out about $165 billion worth of food every year. This translates to food its associated packaging accounting for nearly 45% of everything in landfills within the U.S., according to the Environmental Protection Agency. By bringing your own bento box, reusable mug and water bottle, you can help lessen your environmental impact — and likely avoid a few spills along the way!
7. Contact your elected officials to let them know why protecting the environment is important.
This may sound boring or trivial but it can really make an impact.
Elected officials are by design intended to represent the voice of their constituents, so use your voice! Include a proper address for the person you are contacting, stay factual, and get straight to the point of why you’re writing.
If letter-writing or phone calls aren’t your thing, you can easily send a tweet or reach out on your preferred social media platform.
Not sure who to talk to? You can search for your elected officials and get in contact.
8. Volunteer with a local environmental organization.
Volunteering is something you can engage in any time of year but Earth Day presents an especially fruitful opportunity for doing so. Many organizations have special volunteering events planned around this day and, with an increased interest in giving back meaning a larger volume of volunteers, these days can be particularly impactful. It’s a wonderful feeling to see first-hand how your volunteer time can make a difference. Bring friends or colleagues along with you and turn it into a fun occasion!
Maybe you even have a favorite local organization you volunteer with already. If so, reach out and see how you can help with Earth Day-centered initiatives, or put your name down for another time they may need extra hands.
Never volunteered before? You can head to Volunteer Match and search by location and cause. There are even ways to volunteer virtually, meaning you can give back without leaving the comfort of your own home.
9. Visit a local, state or national park.
What better way to celebrate our planet than getting out in nature? Spending time outside is good for the body, mind, and soul — it’s been shown to reduce blood pressure, improve mental health, and even decrease the risk of cancer.
Many parks offer Earth Day-specific programs or activities intended to educate park-goers about sustainability or other healthy park habits that can often apply to home and backyard management.
The National Park Service is offering free admittance to all parks on April 20 in conjunction with the start of National Park Week, making your park visit not only fun but also cost-effective!
10. Save 35% on CBD and help save the bees!
From 4/19 until the end of Earth Day (4/22), Bluebird Botanicals is offering 35% off on Complete, Complete 6x and THC Free* products, as well as on concentrated CBD capsules for humans and companions!
For every order placed during this period, Bluebird will make a donation to support the Washington State University (WSU) Honey Bee Project.
The WSU program efforts support beekeepers, scientists, environmentalists and communities, with the shared goal of improving honey bee and pollinator health. This is accomplished through utilizing a mushroom extract to treat viruses found in bees, which is actually a fairly simple fix. But it is also fairly labor intensive and, of course, costs money!
As pollinators, bees are critically important to the world’s ecosystem, food production in particular. Saving the bees means the longevity of agriculture and food production as we know it, so shop select Bluebird CBD products today to help address this global problem.
Bluebird chose to benefit WSU’s Honey Bee Project both because of its worldwide importance and its direct impact on hemp plants and hemp farmers. In arid places like Colorado where there are not many flowering plants, hemp provides a potentially valuable source of pollen for bees. You can also make a direct donation to WSU’s Honey Bee Project.
Have other great ideas to celebrate Earth Day? Tag Bluebird in your Earth Day posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and use the hashtag #BluebirdEarth.