1. Use a refillable water bottle.
Instead of buying a new plastic water bottle each time you are thirsty, purchase one that you can reuse and refill.
2. Replace your lightbulbs with more energy efficient light bulbs.
The next time your light bulb burns out, instead of putting in a regular light bulb, replace it with an energy efficient bulb. This will save energy and reduce waste!
3. Get to Nature.
Go outside and reconnect with Earth whenever you get the chance, and remember how beautiful and important our lovely home is. Lie or play in the grass and experience gratitude for our planet.
4. Only run your washer and dishwasher when they are full.
This will save water and energy, as well as time.
5. Remember to bring your reusable bags to the grocery store.
It can be a challenge to remember, but if you keep your reusable grocery bags in your car you will always have them handy and never need to ask for a plastic or paper bag.
We all know this one. Let's just keep it up!
7. Meditate or practice yoga outside.
Connect with Mother Earth as you meditate or practice yoga outside. She loves to support you and connect.
8. Soak your pots and pans.
Instead of letting the hot water run on your pots and pans while you scrape away with your brillo pad, leave them to soak over night. This will save water and elbow grease!
9. Only use 1 napkin.
We have all done it...gone to a restaurant and grabbed 10 napkins out of the dispenser when all we need is one or two. Be conscious enough to use what you need.
10. Use cloth.
When it comes to napkins and towels consider using cloth instead of paper to conserve.
11. Garden and plant.
Give back to Earth and Earth will give back to you! Plant a garden, tree, or flower. It will both nurture you and our planet.
12. Use an eco-friendly yoga mat.
Instead of grabbing a ten dollar mat at your local superstore, shop around at a yoga studio or online for an eco-friendly yoga mat. There are dozens out there now and they are all wonderful to practice on. You will have a more grounded and centered experience when you practice on something natural, and you will help our planet.
13. Say NO to junk mail.
You can stop unwanted advertisements, catalogs, and offers from being sent to you. Take a moment to watch this video on how to stop junk mail. This will save so many trees!
14. Have an Earth Day Party!
Why not have a party and toast to our Earth! Just be sure to get a keg instead of lots of individual beers!
Please comment below with any additional ways that you celebrate or help our planet. Cheers and Namaste to Earth!
By Jackie Casal Mahrou
Jackie Casal Mahrou is a yoga instructor on yogadownload.com, and teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, and Restorative Yoga. Through her teaching and writing, she hopes to inspire as many as she can to live with grace, joy and gratitude.
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