Helping Our Earth Starts At Home ~ In celebration of Earth Day I thought I would showcase my favourite ideas and share how helping our Earth starts at home.
Earth Day is held every year on April 22 and is celebrated around the world. School children, families, organizations and communities are encouraged to participate in various activities that show respect for and how we can take care of our Earth. I think it is wonderful that time is taken one day a year to support our Earth’s environment but in reality it is something that we need to do everyday starting in our own homes. There are so many small steps that we can take and if we all participate we collectively can create a big impact and make a big difference. That is why I believe helping our Earth starts at home!
When I worked as an elementary school teacher I taught a Science unit every year to my Grade Four students titled’ Waste in Our World’. I remember there were a couple of things we learned and discussed that really made an impression on my students. An important fact that left a lasting impression was when we discussed that there is no such place as ‘away’ for anything that man has produced on Earth. An empty plastic bottle may be out of sight when tossed into the trash bin but that plastic bottle will always be somewhere whether it is thrown out the car window, tossed into the ocean or dumped into the landfill site. This understanding helped them to see how important it was to reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose and upcycle whenever possible. It was also a lot of fun and fascinating to learn how long it took items to decompose that ended up in the landfill site.
In celebration of Earth Day I have gathered my favourite ideas that I have done at home and shared on the blog. Some of the them are crafts, storage ideas, gardening tips or how to repurpose different items that we all tend to collect. There is quite a variety. One thing I have come to realize is that if we make reducing, reusing and recycling a habit and look for ways to repurpose and upcycle we as an individual can make a difference. Every little effort helps.
I also thought you might find it interesting that if these things ended up in the landfill site how long it would take to decompose. They are all common items that we all have in our homes. Let’s get started with ideas for…
Helping Our Earth Starts At Home
Time To Decompose: 2 – 6 weeks
Do you have a collection of gift cards that you have received over the years? Here is what I do with them…
We all have tissue boxes that are made from a very lightweight cardboard. I put this in the paper category since they are so easy to cut. I used tissue boxes to make drawer organizers. This is now one of my post popular posts!
Time To Decompose: 2 months
I love being organized and have made very handy and quite stylish organizing trays from repurposed cardboard lids. I have several around the house and use them to hold materials when working on a project and storing paper items. I also use them as inexpensive storage in my craft room. You can get more craft room storage ideas here at Inexpensive Ideas For Storing Craft Supplies.
Milk cartons are actually cardboard but have a plastic coating to make them waterproof. In this post I share how I made them into chalkboard plant pots to hold by herb garden.
Fruits And Vegetables
Time To Decompose: apple cores and bananas take 2 – 6 weeks, orange peels take 6 months
Food does not take that long compared to other materials to decompose but unfortunately they are decomposing in the landfill. Wouldn’t it be better if it ended up back in our gardens and parks? I have been composting for years. I find it fascinating that my produce kitchen scraps and garden plants can be made into fabulous organic soil to put back into the Earth. This is gorgeous compost that I made and put back into my garden. I share my tips for how I make my compost here…
Here I share what to collect and not collect for the compost. I just use a very inexpensive stainless steel bowl with a lid that sits on my kitchen counter and gets taken out everyday to the compost.
Time To Decompose: plastic dry cleaning bags take 10-20 years, plastic bottle take 450 years
My husband has his dress shirts dry-cleaned every week and so we end up with a lot of plastic dry cleaning bags. I always find a way to reuse or repurpose them and here are some of the ways I do it.
The best way to keep plastic water bottles out of the landfill site is not to buy them. But if we do the next best thing is to make sure they are recycled so they don’t end up in the landfill site for the next 450 years. That is a startling length of time and such a shame.
I have a really smart way to repurpose plastic water bottles so they make my Fall Mums last longer. I found this watering technique so successful I now use it with my bigger indoor houseplants too!
Time To Decompose: 1 million years
Gosh that is a long time! Again the best thing we can do for our Earth is to make sure we recycle glass because it is so easy for it be made into another form of glass and reused over and over again.
Glass comes in all forms, colours shapes and sizes and is used in all kinds of things we use daily. I recently wrote a post about how I extended the length of time of a glass votive candle that was still filled with wax but was no longer usable. This example show what you can do for St. Patrick’s Day but you can use the same idea with all kinds of colour combinations for all kinds of celebrations. It literally takes seconds and saves money having to buy new ones all of the time.
I do a lot of canning and have a lot of Mason jars around the house. This is a fun and easy craft to do and it really makes a very pretty flower vase that can be used for many years to come.
So these are my favourite ideas that are ‘Earth friendly’ that I have shared on ‘Time With Thea’!
I also wrote a popular post showing how our home. I take you on a home tour and share what features it has to make it environmentally friendly. This is a collection of ideas showing how helping our Earth starts at home!
Here are two links I found on the web that you might find interesting to read about decomposition times in a landfill site…
My friend Heather over at New House New Home wrote a post with great information and tips for how we can help our Earth and she also has several links included that take you to several other blogs with lots of great ideas too! Her post is titled Celebrating Earth Day Every Day!
Which ideas caught your eye? Which material surprised you the most for how long it takes to decompose in a landfill site?
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