Little Ways To Protect The Planet After Earth Day Is Over

Published on April 22, 2020

On Earth Day, we are reminded of how important it is to protect the planet against pollution and climate change and other such bad things. However, there are some easy little ways the help protect the planet even after Earth Day is over. You don’t need to implement some huge lifestyle change to do your part to help. Here are easy things to do to make a difference.

Straws

Plastic straws are bad. They are too small to be recycled, so they end up in landfills in huge amounts, or even worse in the oceans. Many places have started banning plastic straws and replacing them with paper. Unfortunately, paper straws also suck. They’re flimsy and taste gross and just don’t get the job done. The good news is that there is a better way. Reusable straws are any easy switch to make for most of us. They come in both silicon and metal styles, and I like both for different purposes depending on what I’m drinking.

My favorite silicon ones are the Hiware Reusable Silicone Straws ($6.99 on Amazon). They’re long and super easy to clean and they have the same sort of feel as a plastic straw. My favorite metal ones are the Multicolor Colorful Stainless Steel Straws ($8.99 on Amazon). This pack comes with both straight and bent straws. They don’t taste like metal and they’re also super easy to clean. Reusable straws are a super easy switch to make that will make a huge difference to our oceans and our planet.

Sustainable Fashion

The fashion industry is sometimes very problematic when it comes to harming the planet. While some brands and industry giants are working to make a difference, fashion is still a huge contributor to climate change. An easy and fun way to combat this while still looking fabulous is by shopping at thrift stores. Going thrifting is a super fun activity to do when quarantine is over, but until then thrifting online is possible through all sorts of places.

Even just replacing one shopping trip with a thrift store experience, you can make a positive difference. Thrifting not only allows us to protect the planet by recycling clothing and creating less waste but its also an affordable way to get some really great items.

Composting and Recycling

Okay, if you aren’t recycling by know I don’t know what to tell you. Recycle. It’s easy. Just do it. Composting, on the other hand, is a little newer and a little more complex. Composting seemed like a very daunting task when I first heard about it. My mom did it for a while when I was little and I remember this huge bin in our yard that required all sorts of upkeep.

Now, however, composting is easier than it used to be. A lot of places provide a separate composting bin with the trash and recycling, and all you have to do is fill it! You can compost pretty much all food scraps and any yard waste. Anything you would normally toss down the garbage disposal can instead go in the compost bin. It means less stuff that can get broken down and put back into the earth goes into the landfill. For a comprehensive explanation of how to compost, look here.

With these little changes to your day to day lifestyle, you can feel good about making a positive difference to protect the planet. Happy Earth Day!

Olivia Smith is a Senior Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in San Francisco, she covers events, entertainment, fashion, and technology. She also serves as a Voices contributor at PopSugar.

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