Happy Earth Day loves! I have a laundry list of tasks to accomplish today, but I am taking a moment to slow down and enjoy nature. Every Earth Day I take a moment to appreciate the beauty around me and to give back to our planet. Greyson and I decided to go for a long walk today and to spend some time on the farm with our animals. It’s 70 degrees here today, which is lovely.
The Earth is our home and we haven’t always been the best guests. We’ve littered, destroyed land, and polluted the atmosphere. Many of us spend each day trying to positively affect the earth. Our actions have caused immense changes to our planet and we see the changes in the form of global warming and severe weather patterns. Companies are changing for the better as are many people. I pray that our Earth can forgive us for the damage and continue to flourish. Many companies are aiming to be a net-zero company within the upcoming years. Net-zero, in simple terms, means not adding any more emissions to the atmosphere. We are far from there yet and net-zero is still in an infant stage, but countries are driving change.
I have always had an intense love for nature and I will do my best to nurture the earth. I appreciate the ground I walk on and I hope to positively affect the environment while I’m on this planet. I am teaching Greyson to have a real and true relationship with the planet and to always do right by the earth. There are many ways that I give back to the planet daily and in my world, every day is Earth Day. I compost and Andrew even built me a custom compost area at the farm where I dump my weekly compost (coffee filters, coffee grounds, dryer lint, eggshells, paper towels, flowers, fruit slices, pasta, and more). You can purchase a compost container or build/create your own. I bought a mini, tabletop compost container that is under my sink. Composting is a way to reduce the amount of waste we throw into the trash. Compost can decompose back into the earth and even help with gardening. I also recycle. Paper, cardboard, plastic, etc. goes into my recycling bin and I try to not produce too much trash waste. I’ve been making a very conscious effort to only throw one garbage bag (if that) out per week. I know that as families, it’s hard to eliminate all trash. We have kids, pets, and homes that produce trash, but composting, recycling, and making an effort to reduce trash thrown into our trash cans makes a difference. My husband and I own a construction company and we have a dumpster for our company. We know that debris and trash are inevitable, but please do your best to keep our earth clean and healthy. I don’t even purchase as much on Amazon or through other companies to eliminate the number of cardboard boxes and packaging that I receive.
I fill my indoor and outdoor space with plants. My kitchen is light and airy, which makes for perfect plant space. I have roses, parsley, and basil in my kitchen. I always have seasonal plants on my porch and my yard is filled with plants that I’ve personally planted, giving back to the earth. For cat owners, I started buying eco-friendly cat waste bags for cleaning out our cat boxes. I buy them on Amazon and they’re completely eco-friendly. They’re plant-based cat litter poop bags and I feel so much better using them than a plastic bag. The brand I buy is called BeyondGREEN. I am going to be purchasing some new reusable shopping bags for grocery shopping this week, as well. My old ones fell apart so I’m excited to buy new ones! A lot of places near me are ridding the stores of plastic bags and I appreciate that. I don’t find it to be an inconvenience to have to bring a reusable shopping bag, because it’s a positive change.
Spend some time today going to a garden center and buying a few new plants for your home, by planting a flower or tree outside (if you have the space), or go for a beautiful walk and pick up any trash you may see on your stroll. Be aware of the trash you create as a family and make a true effort to reduce the waste. Set aside time each week to be outside, appreciating nature and the beauty around us. Nature has been proven to improve your mental and emotional health.
Happy Earth Day to our incredible home and I hope everyone has an inspiring weekend.