Collectively Contributing to a Healthy Earth

Posted 8 May 2020 / 2 minutes read time

For many, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a huge shift in focus during these last several weeks. Ours has been on keeping our people healthy, thanking the heroes on the front lines, and working to supply them with the critical equipment they need to help others. On its 50th anniversary, we also don’t want to forget about Earth Day and the importance of keeping our Earth healthy. But with social distancing and shelter at home guidelines still in place, we aren’t able to coordinate the group Earth Day efforts that we have been accustomed to.

If you’d like to still participate in Earth Day this week, here are some creative ways to give back to the Earth on an individual or family level during this time of separation.

  1. Plant Flowers or a Garden – Either with flowers or produce, gardening provides multiple benefits for your family and the Earth. They absorb carbon dioxide and other nutrients and release oxygen into the air as a byproduct, keeping clean the air inside or outside your home. Depending on where you live, indoor and container gardening is a fun and easy solution to starting a garden. Gardening During COVID-19 | Herb Gardens for Small Spaces | Indoor Gardening Tips 
  2. Electronic Recycling – Collect electronics in your home and either find a place that accepts drop off recycling or box them up and have them ready to donate once shelter at home is lifted.
  3. Individual Park, River or Street Clean Up – One of our employees is making her Earth Day volunteerism a solitary endeavor. She wants to do something to help the environment and lessen the impact of increased debris due to the health and distance concerns caused by the pandemic. Learn more about the organization she chose here: American Rivers
  4. Upcycle – Create a new item out of supplies you already have! Clothing, artwork, tools, furniture, etc. Creating something from limited materials challenges the mind and helps reduce waste. If you choose this challenge, we’d love to see what you come up with! 65 Upcycling Ideas to Transform Your Old Stuff
  5. Upcycled Bird House/Feeder – Make a welcoming place for local wildlife by installing bird feeders.  Here’s a few tutorials on how to build a bird feeder or house out of materials you may already have at home. Crafty Morning Tutorial | Fancy Momma Tutorial
  6. Explore Nature from Home – National Park Service (NPS) is highlighting earth sciences and stewardship of natural resources throughout April.  To learn more, connect with the NPS.
  7. Reduce Food Waste – Did you know that food waste is estimated at between 30-40 percent of the food supply in the United States? This is a staggering amount of waste that has far-reaching impacts on society. Wholesome food that could have helped feed families in need is sent to landfills, and valuable inputs like land, water, labor, energy and others are used in producing, processing, transporting, preparing, and storing food that ultimately is wasted.Take this opportunity to be more strategic with your food purchases and find creative ways to use ingredients you have in your house before they go bad. This website allows you to list the ingredients you need to use and suggests recipes to cook with them: Fridge to Table
  8.  Earth Day Activities in Your Area – EarthDay.org has an interactive map to find digital Earth Day events in your area. Making the Earth a healthier place is an effort that is going to take contributions from each of us. We hope these ideas spark some creativity in your household and inspire you to contribute in any way you can! Happy Earth Day!

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