Earth Day Projects

Go Green Creatively

The idea of all Earth Day projects is to reduce your carbon footprint by using fewer resources, not more. With this in mind, for all of your Earth Day activities and Earth Day crafts, stay green and stay local.

Windowsill Herb Garden

A Kitschy Earth Day Project

We all use plenty of cans, from large crushed tomato cans to smaller soup cans. But most of us buy the same items over and over again, so to get a really good variety have a can party.

Invite a group of your friends over and ask each one to bring 3 cans each of 3 different products. In addition to the cans, you'll need small stones to put in the bottom of the cans for drainage, potting soil, and herbs (either seeds or seedlings).

Trade cans to get the best group for your kitchen window. Consider the following when choosing your cans:

  • Size (large, small)
  • Shape (short and squat like a large tuna can; tall and thin like a large soup can; big and round, as in crushed tomatoes; square like olive oil; odd-shaped, like ham)
  • Color (predominately blue, red, green, white, etc.)
  • Type (script, block lettering, serif fonts)
  • Genre of artwork (deco, bold graphics, cartoons, black and white)
  • Images (landscapes, fruit, people)
  • Languages (Chinese, Russian, French, Italian)

Fill the cans with an inch of stones, top with soil, and plant your seeds or seedlings. Make sure you plant herbs that you'll actually use. Any of the ones on our Cheap Mothers Day Gift Ideas page will work just fine.

Place your fabulous planters on your windowsill, and don't forget to water. Bonus: These Earth Day projects make wonderful gifts.


Composting

Earth Day Project Based on the Origin of Earth Day

Composting can be done on a small scale with a kitchen counter container, a little bigger with an outdoor tumbler model, or huge with your own hand-built bin. No matter how big or small your Earth Day projects, composting is an essential part.

Disposing of your organic waste in this manner not only lessens your carbon footprint, but it gives you the most nutritious soil ever! Your plants are gonna love you for it.

Formula for composting: Air + Water + 2 Parts Browns (paper, leaves) + 1 Part Greens (organic matter, no bones)

Composting tips: The following will help your compost components decompose faster.

  • Shred or chop your composting ingredients into smaller pieces.
  • The ideal size for a compost pile is 3' x 3' x 3'.
  • Mix your ingredients as you add them; do not layer.
  • Aerate your pile by turning it over frequently.
  • Add moisture; dry piles decompose slowly.
  • Add in microbes by adding a shovelful of finished compost.

Spread your finished compost in your garden and enjoy the bounty!


Green Plan

All Earth Day Projects require longevity. The best way to achieve longevity is to have a plan. This year gather all of your Earth Day information and create a plan to reduce your carbon footprint throughout the year.

  • Use only reusable totes for your purchases. And they're not just for groceries; keep them in the car and use them when you go to the drugstore, liquor store, and clothing store.
  • Recycle/restyle/trade your clothing. New is not always better. Sweaters can become vests, pants can become Bermuda shorts, and your husband's old dress shirt will always look good on you with a belt and rolled sleeves over a long skirt.
  • Eliminate paper from your banking life. Pay online, go paperless with your statements, and sign up for direct deposit.
  • Buy local, eat seasonally. Food has a carbon footprint too. Buying locally and eating seasonally means that your food has not been trucked or flown to you, saving fuel. It also helps to reduce packaging, yet another way to reduce its carbon footprint.
  • Walk, ride your bike, take public transportation, or carpool to put less emissions out there.
  • Drink only filtered water; eliminate bottled water.
  • Make your next car a hybrid car.
  • Compost all of your organic waste, fruits, vegetables, and coffee grinds. Recycle all of your inorganic waste, paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, and metal.
  • Use the library and electronic books rather than buying paper ones.
  • Conserve water: brush your teeth with the water off, shorten your showers, or take baths (baths use less water).
  • Conserve electricity by turning off or unplugging appliances when not in use. Eliminate where you can, like hanging out your laundry instead of using the dryer.

Your conscientious Earth Day projects start here. Now take this beginning and add to your own Green Plan throughout the year. And don't forget to share your plan with family and friends. After all, spreading your Green Plan goes back to the very origin of Earth Day.

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