Earth Day comes once a year, but it is one of those days of celebration that should last all year long. This year, we want to use Earth Day to inspire you to make small changes in your daily routine that will last a life time. Let's kick start some new habits that can benefit you and the one earth we have to live on and leave to our future generations to come.
We decided to keep our challenges simple. We want them to be things that you can do right away because we know even small changes can be challenging to make permanent habits. So although we would all love a huge garden and to start composting, we are going to hold off on that for now.
The great part is that you can start at anytime and if you need more time with each challenge before you move to the next, take it! We are going to start as a group the week of April 17th. Join our Healthy Life Plan Facebook group and follow us on Instagram and Facebook and complete the challenges with us! Not quite ready? Still follow along and hopefully, we can inspire you!
Week 1: Good- Bye Paper Napkins!
And be mindful about using less paper napkins and when you can use recycled paper napkins. Now I know there is a lot more to this so those if you are bringing up cotton, water, energy usage... hang on tight. We will try to address those concerns as best as possible.
Week 2: Switch to Super Concentrated Natural Cleaners
As you finish your present cleaning products, start to replace them with non-toxic cleaning products or make your own! If you are ready to really purge and clear out all the old, make sure you check your city's website for "hazardous waste disposal days,” when you can drop off the cleaners and they can dispose of them correctly. That is right, you shouldn't just be tossing those cleaners in the trash or recycling bin.
There are great benefits of using non-toxic cleaners.
Week 3: Use your dryer less!
This is going to be a challenge for us. The dryer uses a lot of energy! The sun will naturally disinfect and brighten, cloths will last longer, and we have read several times that there could be a stress relieving factor to this whole line drying. If this feels like the right thing to you, but at the same time ironically, stresses you out -- the idea of the mess, the how, the where. Start simple with us. We plan on doing it right in our laundry room using the wire shelf that is already hanging along with some cloths pins and hangers. We are going to start with our cloth napkins, towels, and work out gear. Who knows maybe some of you will inspire us to take it a step further, but for now we promise to start! Will you?
Week 4: Stop wasting so much water!
Shorter showers and turning the water off when brushing your teeth are the biggest ones we can focus on, but first read these water facts.
This week and moving forward we will do as many of these a possible:
Remember, this is one week and one challenge at a time. Join us on social media and let us know how it is going. If you feel like you need more time in a challenge, be patient with yourself and stay there for a bit.
As my friends at Shaklee say, Shouldn't every day be Earth Day?