The 22nd April 2020 marks 50 years of Earth Day. Earth Day started as a response to an environment in crisis — oil spills, smog and pollution. 

The first Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement and is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event. 

The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.

Each of us can contribute by making small changes to our everyday lives. Read on for some of our favourite tips from Erin Rhoads’ fabulous book, Waste Not Everyday.

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Wrap gifts with cloth bags, scarves, tea towels or leftover fabric. Furoshiki is a Japanese style of wrapping using cloth that looks beautiful and uses less paper!

No spare cloth lying around? Use old magazines, newspapers or children’s artwork to wrap gifts instead of buying new wrapping paper rolls.

Did you know that when balloons escape into the environment, they pose a serious threat to wildlife? Look for balloons made of felt, or paper decorations that can be reused. Bubbles are a fun option, too!

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Use your Tupperware or reusable containers when buying takeaway lunch or food from the deli. Bonus points for using your own reusable cutlery!

Take a reusable bottle with you everywhere. Why pay for bottled water when you can get it for free?

One plastic bag in the ocean can break apart into 1.75 million separate microscopic pieces. Swap plastic bags for reusable shopper or tote bags. 

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Invest in a keep cup for your coffees! Lots of cafes offer discounts for bringing your own cup, too.

Choosing produce that is in season helps the environment because more resources are needed to grow and store out-of-season food. You’ll also save money by eating seasonal produce as it is usually cheaper. Also, avoid buying produce that is packaged in plastic!

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Earth Day is on 22nd April 2020
For more information on Earth Day, visit their website!