Earth day!

Well it’s that time of year again. That one day a year we celebrate Mother Earth and Disney releases some sort of (awesome) nature documentary. (Although the last one chimpanzee was narrated by Tim Allen… Not saying it was bad but only Morgan Freeman show narrate stuff.)

Sadly there is no nature documentary this year but I guess we can still celebrate earth day!

Maybe it’s because I’m on a high from gardening for the first time (yup. I transplanted tulips. Man I hope I didn’t accidentally kill them) or maybe secretly I’m just a hippy. But here are some ways to reduce your consumption and some creative ways to reuse items that we’d normally just throw out.

– this one is pretty obvious, but if you drink as much coffee as I do, bring a reusable travel mug (which is harder to remember than you think) I’ve recently bought this one from Starbucks. In addition, some places offer a discount if you bring in your own mug
– compost. In Ottawa we’re lucky enough to have a green bin program. While it may require a change in habits, try challenging yourself to make use of it.
– take a bus! Reducing one person trips not only saves the environment but it saves you money! This post is coming from you from my OCTranspo limo

Now those seem pretty obvious I know. But small changes can make a difference. If you’re a creative type try one of these.

– reuse newspaper to make a dapper nautical like hat. Not only will it be the perfect accessory to any event. You’ll be saving the environment.
– boxes make the perfect cage fort for kids (trust me, sometimes the box is better than the gift)
– shoe boxes make great storage for seasonal shoes, and sometimes its tidier than just having shoes laying out

But in all seriousness, if you’re looking for more uses for everyday items, check out this website.

Happy Earth Day!


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