Was your family among the millions that took time out this past weekend to join in celebrating Earth Day? It’s great to see these big festivals cropping up, even better that it seems many places are now giving the celebration a whole week. Honestly though, we can do better. With simple, small – even fun – changes to our family routines we can make every day Earth Day. Here are a few easy ideas for putting a little green in your routine.

easy earth day ideas — for every day!

eat your “greens”

For everything there is a season. As tempting as a bite of summer may be on a freezing February day, is that peach really worth it? Much of the produce that hits the store travels an average 1,500 miles – in season. That number can go up significantly when out-of-season fruits and veg hit the shelves. All that trucking around contributes to fossil fuel pollution. Yuck! Eating in season and grabbing locally grown produce are easy ways to help cut back on carbon emissions. Plus it tastes better too!

The USDA has put together resources to help you find local sources for your farmed foods.

share the word

Creating a Community Library in your neighborhood is a great way to put a little green in your day. In it’s basic form a Community Library is just a box where people can leave a book and/or take a book. It’s so much more than that though, it’s a great way to gather and share in the power of reading, connecting, and recycling. Little Free Library provides ideas and resources.

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Joe Dolack poses with two of the Little Free Libraries he has crafted. Photo by Cathy Walsh.

be a clutter buster

Raising a family requires lots of stuff. Lots. Making the time to get rid of the old before you bring in the new can be rough. Check out our declutter guide and learn how to consign, donate, and recycle (almost anything!) in Baltimore.

lighten up

Want a fast, easy, money saving idea for making your home more earth-friendly? Make the switch to a compact fluorescent bulb (CFL) in all your lighting fixtures. These light bulbs consume about seventy five percent less electricity and last up to ten times longer. PLUS they save you green. Replace one 75-watt incandescent bulb with a 25-watt CFL and save up to $83 over the life of the bulb.

green on the go

As they say, “There’s an app for that.” Why wouldn’t this apply to your eco-friendly efforts too?

The iRecycle app lets you take your green game on the go. The app tells you how, where and when to recycle just about anything. Using the location features of your phone, a zip code, or address, iRecycle accesses info for recycling where you are. It also helps you figure out what you can recycle and where/how to do it. Great for families on the go that want to keep it green, the app covers the United States as well as parts of Canada and Mexico.

Have other ideas to help make every day Earth Day? We’d love to hear them! Just leave a comment.