Social distancing measures and quarantine may have changed the way you celebrate a lot of things, but it doesn’t have to change the way you celebrate Earth Day. In fact, because Earth Day is all about minimizing your carbon footprint and caring for the planet, you can easily celebrate from the comfort of your own home or backyard and by making a few small yet impactful changes to your lifestyle. To get the gear you need to do so at a discount, shop through AAA.com.
Learn About Recycling
Sure, you may know what recycling is, and you may have a basic understanding of what items you can and cannot recycle, but could you be doing more? For most people, the answer is yes.
Use the days leading up to April 22nd to learn about all the items you can recycle that you’re probably just throwing away. Think old toothbrushes, razors, cooking oil, crayons, packaging materials and ink cartridges. Also take the time to brush up on your knowledge of local recycling rules, as they differ from location to location.
Plant a Garden
Despite popular belief, you don’t need a lot of space to contribute to the planet’s oxygen levels. You simply need a few feet of ground space or a porch on which to place some containers.
Start small with an herb garden, which is easy to grow and maintain and promises to provide plenty of fresh flavor for future meals. If space allows, plant flowers with the “pollinators” label, or grow a tree in your backyard. Shop at your local hardware store, or go through AAA to have plants delivered directly to your door. If you go the latter route, enjoy up to 8% off your order.
Make Your Home Energy Efficient
You don’t have to invest completely in renewable energy to be kind to the environment. By following best practices for environmental responsibility, you can reduce your home’s carbon footprint and feel confident that you’re doing your part. Small changes that have a big impact are as follows:
- Use LED light bulbs.
- Improve your home’s insulation.
- Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater.
- Put caulk and weather strips around your doors and windows.
- Choose ENERGY STAR appliances.
- Air dry your clothes.
Shop with our various home goods partners to see what savings are in store for your upcoming home improvement projects.
One of the best ways you can celebrate Earth Day is to get outside. Power down your home, let the car rest and plan a whole day in the great outdoors. Hit the beach, take a hike or simply appreciate the space you have. Stock up on sporting and camping gear before you go when you shop through Reebok Outlets, Tanger Outlets or one of our other AAA partners.
Planning an Earth Day celebration doesn’t have to require a lot of planning or resources. Whether you want to plant a garden or take a hike, even the smallest of acts can make a world of difference.