15 Changes to make for Earth day!

Did you know that Earth day was started in 1970? Every year people all over the world celebrate Earth Day by making small changes in their lives that hopefully have a positive impact on our planet! More than a million people take part every year! If you want to take part in Earth day there are festivals and events all over the world you can attend. 

Earth day activities for adults

You can also take part in Earth day at home and there are lots of positive changes you can make in your home and your lifestyle. In celebration of Earth Day I have compiled a list of 15 easy changes you can make to stress the earth just a little less, and hopefully enjoy it more.

Changes to make for Earth Day

1) Place buckets under your gutter spouts or runoffs to collect rainwater for gardening. 

2) Learn to grow something you buy. Herbs are very small and can grow on windowsills, but they are super expensive for those tiny little bunches at the grocery store. Seeds are about $1.50, buy a pot from the dollar store, get soil from your yard = money saved and plants are so good for the air you breathe inside the house.

3) Buy a wide mouth reusable water bottle and ditch the disposables! A wide opening is important so you can clean it easily. You can get a baby bottle brush to clean it from the dollar store. If you must have filtered water get a Brita water bottle. They are not expensive compared to a couple cases of water!    

4) Switch to reusable bags. I have these coming out my ears! Seriously, every major brand at every event or expo gives these out now and I'm sure you have at least a few. Stick them in your car or truck right now, because you can't use them if they're not with you! I know they're not always practical, but use them as much as you can and you'll cut down on your carbon footprint.

Reusable bags for Earth Day.

Don't want to buy one more thing? Check out this tutorial on Making a shopping bag from an old Tshirt from Creative Green Living. It's a no sew tutorial so there's no reason not to make one....

Related reading: Here are 6 easy ways to reduce your plastic usage.

5) Now that winter is over it's time to go through your winter clothes and get rid of everything you didn't wear all year. Donate it to a thrift shop or shelter or give it away on Freecycle, Facebook or Craigslist so it can be reused.

6) Get a timer for the bathroom and make sure everyone knows how to set it and stick to it. Shorter showers for everyone!

7) Quit letting the water run while you brush your teeth. Just turn it back on when it's time to rinse. Think about this: faucets can run at a rate of up to 5 gallons per minute and we're supposed to be brushing our teeth for 2 minutes each time. 

8) Make 1 reuse/reduce/recycle switch. This year I will stop buying garbage bags for the bathroom trash can and use extra grocery bags instead. I'm also going to look for a local place to buy the Non-Paper Paper Towels I used before.

Or Make your own reusable cling wrap from cloth like Heidi does over at Healing Harvest Homestead. Super easy and lasts for many uses!

9) Plant something perennial. Trees are the most common earth Day choice, but shrubs, ornamental grasses and flower bulbs are all great choices too. You'll get bonus happy points every year when they bloom!

plant perennial shrubs for Earth Day

10) You know they quit making those old style incandescent light bulbs right? Well, it's time to bite the bullet and switch to fluorescent bulbs. They're not as expensive as they used to be and you'll easily save that money on your electric bill.

11) Go for paperless billing. It's super easy, especially if you're already paying your bills online. Many companies offer incentive for this too!

12) Change your air filters. Dirty filters just end up recycling dust particles. A clean air filter put less stress on your heating and cooling system. It uses less electricity when it's running efficiently. 

Related reading: The importance of changing your homes air filter from All weather heating and air conditioning. (they really know their stuff!)

13) Clean your window screens. Brush gently with a scrub brush, soap and water. Remove the grime so air flows through freely. Better air flow in summer means a cooler house without clicking on the AC. 

14) Quit charging things overnight. It only takes about 2 hours for a phone, I-device, laptop or tablet to become fully charged. When you plug it in at night it sucks energy for the full 8 hours you're sleeping! Plug in after dinner and unplug once charged.

Related reading: Will unplugging appliances save money on my energy bill? from Mother Nature Network.

15) Take a few minutes to spruce up your outdoor living areas so you'll enjoy spending time outside. Sweep the porch, make new cushions for the patio swing, add a few potted plants or an end table.  

Make one of these cute Succulent Holders from Pink Fortitude to sit on your porch or patio table. Add a few citronella candles for nighttime porch sitting or some solar string lights. It's much easier to appreciate this world we live in when you have a cozy place to sit out there and watch it go by! 

Magical outdoor sitting area

Bonus activity: Take a walk and collect leaves. See if you can identify them using the pictures on 76 Different types of leaves by Moms Collab. It's fun to see what types of trees live in your neighborhood!

If you want to join the world's largest environmental movement, go to the earthday.org website to sign up. Just a few small steps can make a big difference if everybody just gives it a try! Happy Earth Day!


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Earth day changes and celebrations


  1. Great suggestions for Earth Day.

    I am planting a few perennials this year. :)

  2. Great list! I do quite a few, but still have room for improvement. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  3. These are great suggestions for Earth Day. We do quite a few of these.

    I love hanging my clothes out to dry (at least I do this in the summer).

    I just planted 7 new perennial plants this year. In part it was due to the fact that I was tired of replanting every year but still... I'm happy to know I'm doing something more earth-friendly.

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    I hope you'll join us again tomorrow.

  4. You have some great ideas there, thank you for sharing them with us at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  5. Great tips!! I know I need to stop charging things overnight, my husband is always getting mad at me for that. And thats a great idea about cleaning your window screens! Thanks for sharing with #wastelesswednesday

  6. This is such a wonderful list; I love having a garden! We went to paper-less billing years ago, and re-useable bags are a must! We will be talking about earth day and how we can better care for what the Lord has given us in Sunday school tomorrow, I am going to share some of your list with the kids! I am your neighbor today at Simple Saturdays Link up

  7. I'm all for using reusable bags and skipping the plastic bags. This year at the local earth day event we even had to refuse the reusable bags because, like you, we have more than we need. Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop!

  8. Oh Lisa, I so loved your post. We should all be doing more to save our beautiful plant. Thank you so much, these ideas are brilliant

  9. I love this post with so many great ideas for Earth day, which is really every day. Lisa your post is my feature over at Sweet Inspiration Link Party. Congratulations!