Earth Day is an environmental movement that takes place on the 22nd April every year since the movement began in 1970. You can find out more about the history and the organisation over at Earth Day
Earth Day can be Every Day if we are being mindful of our actions, making green and ethical choices when and where we are able, even the smallest of choices can count. There is no perfect way to do this, it's just doing the stuff that we can do and each person and every household may be able to do different things.
Small Steps Count
Aside of making and using our plastic-free natural deodorants, here are some of the things that the Earth Conscious household do.
use reusable water bottles and coffee mugs
use reusable period pants (4 women in our household)
we mend and fix items wherever possible before replacing
we try to minimise food waste
we buy refillable cleaning products from a local supplier
buy local wherever possible
buy from small business
buy organic produce (not always but for somethings like peanut butter which is also palm oil free and made in the UK)
buy glass or cardboard packaged products (again not always but for some items, think ketchup!)
buy Fairtrade chocolate & coffee
buy unpackaged fruit & vegetables when the choice is available to us
Marking the Earth Day Occasion
Over the year's Earth Conscious has chosen to support various charities. For a few years we have chosen #standfortrees. This Year we donated to to help protect the Bonobos in Mai Ndombe.
Previously we selected the Rimba Raya Orangutan Reserve in Indonesia. When our youngest twins were younger they absolutely loved Orangutan (obviously we all still do) but it was an easy choice to make from the selection of forests.
Rimba Raya is home to over 300 species of birds, 122 species of mammals, and 180 species of trees. It helps to protect local species including the Bornean Orangutan, clouded leopard, gibbon, proboscis monkey and Asian sun bear. It helps to improve access to clean water for local communities who protect the forest. And, it supports rehabilitation & environmental education programs — including the Orangutan Foundation International Program