25 Eco-Friendly Tips to Celebrate Earth Month

We love a good listicle, don’t you? In honour of Earth Month, we’re sharing twenty five eco-friendly tips to celebrate.

1. Skip Plastic Wrap

Instead, keep a stack of reusable storage containers around or use beeswax wrap.

2. Compost Food Scraps 

You’ll put your food scraps to good use and reduce greenhouse gases. Depending on where you live, you can compost in your backyard or have it picked up by the city. If you’re composting in your backyard, this article by The Spruce does a great job of explaining how to get started. 

3. Fix Leaky Faucets

4. Grow Your Favourite Herbs

And produce, if you’ve got the space. Herbs are an easy way to see if you have a green thumb. They don’t take up a lots of space, and you can set them up in your kitchen windowsill, back porch or balcony, or in your garden. 

5. Cook Plant-Based Meals 

One of the most impactful habits we can change is our meat and dairy consumption (1). By eating less meat and dairy we can reduce our environmental impact, discover new plant-based favourites, and have fun in the process. Some of our go-to plant-based recipe developers are The Minimalist Baker, Oh She Glows, The First Mess, and Fraiche Living

6. First In, First Out 

If you’ve worked in a restaurant you’ll know this saying well. Shortened to FIFO, this motto means using up the produce and foods you’ve bought first, before they go bad. If it’s the first carrot you bought, it’s the first one out of the fridge and into the pan. 

7. Join a Community-Supported Agriculture Business

Get local produce and foods delivered to your door. What’s not to love? This list features the CSA options in the Greenbelt. 

8. Plan Your Family’s Meals

Buy just what you need and avoid excess food waste. 

9. Don’t run the Dishwasher or Laundry Machine Until They’re Full

10. Fill Your Home with Air-Filtering Plants 

You’ll breathe better and enjoy a lush space. Visit our friends at Foli for all things green.

11. Volunteer to clean up your local park, beach, or highway 

12. Use a Safety Razor instead of Disposables

13. Use Solid Soap Instead of Liquid for Your Body and Hair 

Did you know that solid soap takes less energy to produce, package, and ship? It’s true! Shop our new Hand + Body Bars and our Shampoo + Conditioner Bars.

14. When you buy something new, buy something that will last

15. Swap Disposable Cotton Balls for Reusable Cotton Rounds

16. Wash Your Clothing in Cold Water

It uses less energy and it’s better for your clothes!

17. Hang your Clothes to Dry

Use a clothesline or a drying rack to skip the dryer machine. 

18. Open the Curtains and Take Advantage of Natural Light

Instead of using electricity, turn the lights off and open the curtains! Just be sure to close them at night to keep your heat in. 

19. Carry Reusable Bags 

Keep a few reusable bags with you at all times so you’re prepared for the last-minute grocery shop. We love Baggu

20. Repair What’s Broken Instead of Throwing it Away

21. Use Biodegradable Products

This is especially important when you know they’ll eventually go down the drain, like shampoo and dish soap. Rest easy - all of our products are biodegradable. 

22. Buy in Bulk

Check out our store locator to find a local bulk goods retailer near you.

23. If it Takes Less than 15 minutes to Walk to Your Destination, Walk! 

24. Refill Your Liquids

We’ve got you covered with our At-Home Refill Stations

25. Shop Secondhand

Stop by thrift stores, check out Facebook Marketplace, or swap items with your friends. 

Thanks for reading about our new glass bottles! If you have any questions, send us an email at rachael@thebarehome.ca. We can’t wait to hear from you. 


References

  1. https://cases.open.ubc.ca/environmental-impact-of-meat-consumption/