5 Eco-Friendly Tips to Celebrate Earth Day
While every day should be Earth Day, April 22nd serves as a special reminder to reflect on the health of the environment. Collectively, there’s so much that we are doing and so much more that we can do to preserve our home. The shifts we make today may not be groundbreaking, but they are making a difference step-by-step as we work towards creating a better future.
We’re on this journey with you, striving everyday to do our small part to protect the environment that we rely on. Here are a few simple ways to celebrate Earth Day this year.
1. Conserve Natural Resources
The Earth has gifted us with so many incredible natural resources, yet sadly, we’re in an ongoing energy crisis. According to the UN Environment Programme, over 90% of biodiversity and water degradation on Earth is due to the extraction and processing of fuel, materials, and food. While this seems like an insurmountable amount, there are small changes you can make today to reduce this statistic. For example, you can start taking public transportation or ride a bike to reduce the burning of fossil fuels to power a car.
Here on our eco-farm, we have invested in solar energy and water filtration solutions to create a more sustainable farm experience. We’re proud to say that we recycle 70% of the water used to irrigate our fields.
2. Reduce Waste
Every year, more than eight million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans. No matter how recyclable a disposable item is, if it ends up in a landfill or washed down a river—it’s pollution. To reduce your waste when grocery shopping, avoid single-use plastics (e.g., plastic bags, bottles and straws). Where possible, buy items packaged in cardboard instead of plastic or look for items with no packaging at all. We use 100% recycled packaging as well as a carbon neutral delivery service to bring our flowers safely from our farm to your door.
3. Shop Consciously
We often forget that there is strength in our purchase power and we vote every time we buy something. Being a conscious consumer means considering what you are buying and what effect that has on the environment and people. While some companies take great measures to be sustainable, others are motivated by creating products cheaply and quickly without regard to the environment. Next time you’re at the store, make an effort to support companies who are acting sustainably.
4. Give Back
There’s no better way to show you care than by supporting a conservation organization. Whether you are able to volunteer or send support from afar, your donations will go directly to helping protect and restore our planet. We strongly support the mission of RE:WILD, who work hard everyday to protect threatened wildlife species in the Galapagos, from vibrant Pink Iguanas to the majestic Floreana Tortoise. With every bouquet purchased from our RE:WILD Collection, 12% of the proceeds directly benefit the cause.
5. Celebrate Mother Nature
Finally, take time to get out into the fresh air and enjoy all the gifts of Mother Nature. Go for a hike, read a book in the sunshine, or send a bouquet of eco-friendly roses to someone you love. Today is a day of celebration, so don’t stress too much and enjoy the beauty of the natural world!