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10 Healthy Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

10 Healthy Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

It may not be as popular as some other commercialized holidays are, but Earth Day is one that deserves our attention. Scheduled for this Sunday, April 22, Earth Day is a way for all of us to celebrate, appreciate and give back to our little blue speck floating through the skies.

This year, to celebrate Earth Day we’re spending the day with our team, community volunteers, and residents of Carpenter Place to build vegetable gardens, with a grant made possible from Kalso Earth Shoes.

What are you doing?

There aren’t really decorations to buy, traditional recipes to prepare, or gifts to give, but there is plenty you can do to a part of Earth Day. And we’d like to help start the brainstorm.

1. Run on solar power. Keep the lights off on Sunday and don’t run any appliances that you don’t have to.

2. Actually run. Or pedal, or walk, or skip. In other words, keep the car parked at home and use your feet to get around the neighborhood.

3. Shop local. Hit your farmers market, sort your CSA box, or hit the local produce section at the grocery store and prepare only foods made with locally sourced ingredients. That means no guacamole if you live in Nebraska!

4. Plant a garden. Planting even one tomato plant can make a huge difference on your carbon footprint. A simple container garden, or several raised beds, either way you’ll reap the benefits.

5. Plant a tree. This is a project the whole family will enjoy. Beautify your yard or add a fruit tree for healthy snacks at arm’s reach.

6. Be a vegetarian. We’re not suggesting you change your lifestyle overnight, but indulge in meatless meals all day Sunday.

7. Workout outside. Be a part of nature and take your yoga, cardio, or even weights outside.

8. Recycle. If you’ve never started, this is the perfect day to do so. Organize your containers, decide if you’ll drop off or use a pick-up service, and learn what can and can’t be recycled.

9. Start composting. You can use this rich homegrown soil for your own gardens or to contribute to a neighbor’s. It’s an ideal way to dispose of food waste.

10. Donate your time. There are bound to be several Earth Day projects taking place in your community. Find one that interests you and give back.

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2:36AM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

Thank u posting a valuable article

5:20PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012


4:39PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

Happy Earth Day :)

12:55PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

Thanks! These are great ideas to make a change on this beautiful Earth Day! :)

8:01AM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

great ideas! i love earth day

3:44AM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

I want to plant a field of sunflowers.

3:42AM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

Every day is EARTH DAY!

10:47PM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

Thank you.

I have resolved to spread some awareness about solar cooking in my place

6:55PM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

love it.. we plan to plant a tree

11:01AM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

celebrat Earth Day everyday volunenteer on your days offs to help clean up your community and yes grow what you can whereever you can

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Don't stop this is so relaxing. Thank you for caring and sharing.

Thanks Lisa.

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I try to avoid the "bad" carbs and eat a wide range of healthy foods.


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