10 simple things to do to celebrate Earth Day
In addition to supporting businesses in the area, you will also help the Earth by buying fruits and vegetables in the area. That’s because food in grocery stores travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to you, and all that shipping can cause pollution plus increased fossil fuel consumption and carbon emissions. When you buy locally, it is transported in shorter distances. Community Supporter Agriculture, or CSA, is also a great way to get local, seasonal produce delivered to your doorstep. Sign up for one in your area or recommend it to your parents.
Shop smart clothes
Do you want to treat yourself with a new outfit? You can do it in an environmentally friendly way! As with any type of material good, buying something that has already been used is great for the Earth because it does not involve new resources. Check out used clothing sites like thredUP to see what kinds of cute outfits are available, or check out some of Teen Vogue’s editor’s favorite picks. Bonus: some studies have shown that shopping online can be better for the environment because it takes about 30% less energy to do so.
Unsubscribe from catalogs
The fact is, more than 100 million trees are cut down each year to produce junk mail, including catalogs. Also, they usually end up in the trash anyway. Sign up for the free opt-out service at catalogchoice.org and they will help you remove your name from the mailing lists of all those unwanted pieces of mail.
Spending time outdoors
Sometimes we can get so caught up in what’s going on on Instagram or Keeping Up with the Kardashians that we forget how much fun it is to be outside. Earth Day is just a reminder of how beautiful and amazing our planet is. Take advantage of that! If you have a backyard, spend the afternoon outside reading, having lunch, or just taking a deep breath of the fresh air. If you live in a major city and the outdoor spaces are crowded, try taking a walk after hours when the streets are quieter. Just try spending time outside and show a little love for the amazing place we all call home.