Welcome to the April 2014 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Honor the Earth.
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and Crunchy Farm Baby through the Green Moms Network. This month, our members are talking about how they honor the Earth year round. Stop by all of the posts to get ideas on how to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
As April 22nd gets closer many people gather to plant trees, pick up trash and enjoy nature. While I think this is a great way to show our appreciation, I think that everyday should be regarded as Earth Day.
There are many things that people can do on a daily basis to respect the Earth. Here are just a couple of things you can do to get started:
Don’t settle for plastic or paper bags when you can use reusable bags. There are many different kinds of reusable bags, ones for grocery shopping, some for travel, etc. I have canvas Trader Joe bags that I use for my groceries. Snapsac has a line of fashionable reusable bags. This bag was big enough for my daughter to fit in, but conveniently folds up for storage.
I also just did a review of Blue Avocado’s products. I love their new (re)zip line of see through bags.
I am amazed at how many people use plastic water bottles, even when they are at home! Too many plastic bottles end up in landfills and even recycling them takes energy. Find a reusable bottle that works for you, there are many kinds.
My family has committed to using reusable water bottles and drinking filtered water. I love the message behind Faucet Face. The design on their glass bottles says it all!
Some of my favorite bottles are insulated ones. They keep my water cold all day! My kids use Eco-Vessel bottles everyday for lunch.
Get Your Kids Involved
I talk to my kids on a regular basis on how we can respect and honor the earth. I remind them that trash always goes in the trash can, to recycle, and to treat plants and animals with respect. My kids are so into recyceling, that whenever they see a plastic bottle they pick it up. My son has seen a bottle in a road before and told me to stop driving so I could pick it up. I love that dedication!
Beauty & Cleaning Products
As I started honoring the earth in simple ways, I slowly start trading out my beauty and cleaning products. Most, if not all, of these products contain harmful chemicals that negatively affect your body and our environment. By using products without chemicals, you are keeping them out our landfills and streams, as well as off your body. I encourage you to read ingredient labels. If you don’t understand a word, look it up and see what you are using on your body and around your home.
There are so many things you can honor the earth on a daily basis.
How do you honor the earth?
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Love, love, love! Thank you for sharing your great tips today. I adore the Faucet Face reusable bottle idea. They are so cute. Have a gorgeous day.
Cute pic – I have one almost exactly like that of my girls in the giant Snapsac bag! Getting your kids involved any way you can is definitely important. We’re teaching our children now how to take care of the Earth as they grow.
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I love my faucet face reusable glass bottle, I have the humming bird one such a stylish way to save money and lessen our footprint. Great tips!
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Such good reminders! And I have to check out some of those products! So green AND snazzy at the same time 😉
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I love the Faucet Face water bottles – I need to find some of those…:)
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Reusable is the key, isn’t it? As we lead by example, maybe more people will follow suit. We can only hope!
I love my reusable totes! They help me carry in more at once and they don’t break!
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I am so pscyhed about Earth Day so when I saw your blog post on Simply Natural Saturdays I had to hop by and read it. We have a great Earth Day festival in my town each year. I reuse glass bottles in my home and I like the Faucet Face bottles in your post. I particularly love the idea of getting kids involved in green actions. It is so important to make living green a natural part of every day life. All the best, Deborah
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