April is Earth Month!

This Month's Tips: Earth Day To-do's

You may already have your plans in place for your Earth Day celebration on April 22, but don’t forget about the small actions you can take each day to improve the planet!

Here are three: 

1. Kick the plastic habit. Only about 10% of plastic bags, packages, and bottles get recycled properly, says the Earth Day Network. The rest ends up in the waste stream, causing over 100,000 marine animals and one million birds to die each year from ingesting and choking on plastic. Swap plastic for reusable bags, bottles, silverware, dishes, and cleaning tools. 

2. Embrace meatless Mondays. The meat industry generates approximately 20% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. If the entire U.S. population didn’t eat meat or cheese for just one day a week, its impact would be equivalent to taking 7.6 million cars off the road, says the Earth Day Network. Here are a few of my favorite vegetarian recipe sites: 

Minimalist Baker

ohmyveggies

Vegetarian Times

Eating Well

3. Celebrate Earth Day. Attend an Earth Day celebration in your city and learn about ways you can get involved to improve your community’s health all year. Here are some events happening in Grand Rapids: 

Creston Earth Day Jam

Westside Earth Day Clean Up

Earth Day Clean Up at Highland Park

Earth Day at GRAM