Take Action for the Earth

April 22, 2017

As we arrive at Earth Day on the calendar, the struggle to protect our planet against threats to harm its beauty seems to grow larger each year. Environmental justice means taking responsibility for our daily actions — on Earth Day and every day — to respect the world we all share. Globalization makes living sustainably more complex, but not impossible! We can all pull together and develop solutions for modern needs that care for the planet. Below are some ways everyone can make a difference today and every day!

  • Make today the day you switch from using plastic disposable utensils and straws. Americans use 500 million disposable straws each day. No wonder they’re among the top 10 plastic debris found during coastal cleanups, crowding landfills, threatening our beautiful landscapes, and more seriously, the health of marine animals. It's easy to switch to compostable bamboo straws if you really don't like drinking from the glass. Same goes for plastic takeout utensils. It's a simple change of habit.
  • One of the best things you can personally do for your corner of the world is eliminate food waste by composting. We’ll get you started with the three-part Composting 101 series on our blog! 
  • Want to make sure the clothes you wear make a difference for the planet? Our partner United By Blue knows materials matter — which is why they make apparel with eco-friendly fabrics, low-impact dyes, and natural materials. Not only that, but for every purchase you make, one pound of trash is removed from U.S. waterways. It’s army of volunteers have organized 159 cleanups in 25, removing over 316,750 pounds of trash to-date.
  • Climate change is affecting your morning cup of coffee! Find out more here about "coffee rust" and what you can do to support small farmers facing potential devastating effects to their crops.
  • As you're planning your plantings for this year's garden, add wildflowers and local color to attract bees! Miriam Goldberger at Mother Earth News notes: “More than a charming addition to the scenery, growing wildflowers supports dwindling populations of native pollinators and ultimately benefits human populations as well as the environment.” Bees are integral to our food system as pollinators!

At The Good Buy, we're doing our best to help people lead more sustainable lives. Check out our recommendations for making the switch to going green and getting ever closer to zero-waste. What are you doing for the earth this weekend? Let us know!

Happy Earth Day!

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