Happy Earth Day!
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Join us on the digital picket line as together, we demand transformational change.
We’re supporting the work of Earthday.org, calling for all sectors to be held accountable for their role in the environmental crisis.
We’re calling for bold, creative and innovative solutions to address the health of our planet.
We hold more power than we realise: as Individuals, citizens, consumers and voters. Together we can unite to create an impactful movement that’s impossible to ignore.
Since its inception in 1970, more than 1 billion people from 192 countries have united under Earth Day’s banner to drive positive impact for our planet. They’re the largest environmental recruiter with a network of over 75,000 partners, striving for positive change. Their mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Projects range from tackling plastic pollution, improving climate and environmental literacy and regenerative agriculture – and everything in between. And while every day is Earth Day, perhaps no Earth Day has ever been more important. We are running out of time, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to build a better future.
To find out more about how you can get involved or donate, visit their website at www.earthday.org
To celebrate Earth Day 2021, we’re sharing a few of our favourite sustainability tips to make your life a little more green!
In the wild
‘The Leave No Trace’ movement operates on the following seven principles to minimise our impact on nature.
- Plan ahead and prepare
- Travel and camp on durable surfaces
- Dispose of waster properly
- Leave what you find
- Minimise campfire impacts
- Respect wildlife
- Be considerate of others
These Principles are copyright of Leave No Trace. Visit their website at https://lnt.org/
Reduce the number of plastics and chemicals in your home by making this natural multi-purpose cleaner. All you need is:
- ¼ cup of white vinegar
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 1 litre of hot water
- ½ a lemon
- 20+ drops of essential oil such as eucalyptus, rosemary or orange.
Decanter into a sterile spray bottle and enjoy that clean, green feeling.
In the closet
The apparel industry is a major contributor to climate change, emitting 10% of global carbon emissions, not to mention its shady ethics. It’s time to adopt a slower, more conscious fashion model.
- Wear what you’ve already got. Repair, repurpose and re-love existing items.
- Donate what you don’t want.
- Make sure your wardrobe reflects your current lifestyle. (You don’t need to hold onto that dress that hasn’t fitted in years.)
- Plan two simple and seasonable capsule wardrobes that you can easily mix and match.
- Buy second hand or try clothes swap.
- If buying new, look for certificates that guarantee quality and high ethics, such as Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and Soil Association.
In the garden
Make your garden green in every sense of the word.
- Find out which plants will thrive in your garden, given its light positioning and soil type.
- Use natural weed and pest control.
- Try the ‘no-dig’ method.
- Use peat-free compost and top it up with organic household waste
- Make newspaper pots for seedlings
- Avoid buying plastic: paint old plastic pots, so they look bright and attractive in your outdoor space
In the kitchen
The S.L.O.W. movement focuses on eating a seasonal, local, organic and whole diet.
- Start growing your own food – even the tiniest of spaces can yield tasty crops.
- Note down in a calendar what’s in season each month.
- Buy produce from your local farm shop, greengrocers, makers and bakers.
- Eating organic can be more expensive – try swapping one or two things for the organic option.
In the office
Communal offices tend to generate a lot of waste. But a few simple changes can make all the difference.
- Kit out your space with second-hand office furniture
- Buy recycled, environmentally friendly paper
- Print double-sided
- Go digital!
- Buy reusable stationery
- Work with the natural light – decorating with natural colours reduces the need for artificial light
- Buy energy-saving bulbs