Mother Earth cares for us in so many ways, providing clean air, water, sustenance, medicine, protection, and awe-inspiring natural marvels. But are we caring for her in return? In honor of Earth Day on April 22, take a few simple steps to reduce your environmental footprint and show appreciation for our planet.
1. Bag It
A playful pattern ensures Baggu’s standard bag ($10) won’t be forgotten at home during a grocery run. The washable nylon satchel also folds up into a compact case that can easily fit in a small purse.
2. Be Informed
Did you know plastic caps need to be removed from bottles before they’re placed in the recycling bin? Study up on Solid Waste Authority’s guidelines for Palm Beach County and practice proper protocol.
3. Sophisticated Swap
Replace plastic straws with eco-friendly W&P Design gold reusable straws ($15 for set of four), which happen to look chic in a cocktail glass, too. Available at Sur La Table in Palm Beach Gardens.
4. Take Action
Every year on Earth Day, Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful participates in the Great American Cleanup, a national effort with projects ranging from beach cleanups to beautification tasks across the county. Sign up to volunteer at a location near you.
5. Get Inspired
On April 8, the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum will host the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, a community viewing of environmental short films that highlight the planet’s plights, Earth’s breathtaking sights, and valiant conservation efforts.