Easy Ways To Be Earth-Friendly Throughout The Year
Earth Day is drawing near, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate! Whether you’re planting in your backyard or helping with a volunteer neighborhood cleanup, there are many ways to celebrate Earth Day in New Jersey. But why not celebrate Earth Day throughout the year?
Here at Neighborhood Compost, we’ve discovered how to celebrate earth day all year long. And you can do plenty of things at home to give mother earth a little extra love. Even if it’s not some grand gesture, small, easy steps often make a big difference.
Read on to learn how to celebrate earth day all year!
Take The Family on Nature Walks
Ever feel like your kids spend too much time with screens? Shake things up and get the whole family outdoors for a nature walk! Nature walks are a great way to appreciate the beauty of the great outdoors, even if it’s just at a local park or riverfront.
You can also find plenty of amazing hikes in Northern New Jersey, which is perfect for a weekend family outing. And if you want to go the extra mile (figuratively), you can donate to the Parks Department to help fund trail maintenance.
Limit Food Waste
Did you know Americans waste around $218 billion on food every year? Limiting food waste help reduce your carbon footprint and save you money. Here are a few ways to reduce food waste in your home:
Plan your meals - Take time to plan out meals for the week before you go grocery shopping. Then, once you’ve created a list of ingredients needed for your food, stick to it when you’re at the store. Impulse buys are a big culprit of food waste!
Understand expiration dates - Most expiration dates don’t indicate when the food is no longer safe to eat but rather when it tastes its best. Check the expiration date, and keep good food out of the trash when possible.
Compost food scraps - If you aren’t already composting your food scraps, this is an easy way to reduce your carbon footprint at home. Plus, there are often compost pickup and compost dropoff services available, depending on where you live.
Grow Flowers For Bees
You might have seen our recent article about Neighborhood Compost’s new apiary, so it’s no surprise that we’re buzzing about helping bees! Growing flowers to support the bee population is an easy and beautiful way to help support mother nature.
Don’t have a backyard? No problem! You can grow a mini bee-friendly flower garden by hanging a flowerbox outside your window.
Volunteer At A Community Garden
You may not have access to a green space or backyard, especially if you live in Jersey City, Hoboken, or another urban New Jersey neighborhood. Luckily, there are plenty of amazing community gardens where you can volunteer to keep your neighborhood a bit greener.
Use Smart Technology to Reduce Energy Usage
There are several ways to utilize smart technology to reduce your energy consumption. For example, you can purchase smart lightbulbs and set them to turn on when you’re in the house. Or you can use a smart thermostat to turn off your air conditioning or heater when you’re away from home.
Not only does smart technology help reduce your carbon footprint, but it also helps save you money on utility bills. However, creating a thorough smart-technology plan for your home might take more time and money.
How Will You Celebrate Earth Day?
Whether you head out for a family hike, compost your coffee grounds or volunteer at a community garden, there are a ton of ways to celebrate Earth Day throughout the year. And little changes make a big difference.
If you want to learn more about Neighborhood Compost’s composting programs, we’d love to help! Contact us today to find out more.