Happy Earth Day Everyone!
Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, sunshine is beaming upon us and filling our days with hope and good vibes. Although we are all now limited in terms of what we can do to enjoy nature due to the current exceptional global situation, we can still celebrate Mother Earth at home, alone, or with our families!
This year is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. These days, we are facing many environmental concerns such as a worldwide pandemic, climate change, pollution, and loss of biodiversity amongst others. These environmental problems will affect every human, animal and nation on this planet. But that doesn't mean we should give up! On an individual level, we can still do our part in making a difference to help combat these issues.
Our connection to nature is what inspires us at Pithy. We are grateful to be living on the west coast and being in close proximity of the mountains and the oceans. We are committed to running an ethical and sustainable small business here in Vancouver, BC. Here's what we are doing as part of our proactive initiative in assisting conservation of our planet and resources. We use sustainable sourcing of our ingredients, opting to purchase locally as much as possible. We use eco-friendly and eco-conscious ingredients instead of toxic chemicals that could pollute our waterways. We work hard to reduce waste by using reusable and recyclable containers and packaging. We also donate regularly to environmental causes, and today we donated to the World Wild Life Fund—join us in donating!
Besides donating to charities, we've compiled a list of a few simple tips on things that you can do to help protect our Earth.
1) Reduce waste. Learn the 5 R's: refuse, reduce, reuse, rot, recycle.
2) Engage in gardening and composting. Gardening is good for the Earth as the soil is replenished by compost. It also creates a welcoming habitat for wildlife in your community so that you will attract more birds, butterflies, pollinators, and other wildlife to your garden. Instead of buying plants, you can also learn to make cuttings and plant propagation. You can even give these plant cuttings to your friends as gifts.
3) Educate yourself and others. Be updated on current environmental news and concerns. You can also read blogs, listen to podcasts, and watch documentaries.
4) Conserve water. Take a shorter shower, make sure you don't have any leaky faucets, repurpose water, and look into storing rainwater for your garden.
5) Make sustainable food choices and try out a plant-based diet. You don't need to switch over completely but even one designated day a week will help.
6) Shop wisely, and try not to shop fast fashion. Thrifting is a good option. Being mindful of the quantity is also great. Only buy what you need and use all that you have before you purchase more! Also, do you really need 5 pairs of yoga pants?
7) Conserve energy and use long-lasting light bulbs.
8) Use eco-friendly chemicals instead of toxic chemicals that can enter our waterways.
9) Reducing our carbon footprint. Walk, run, and bike more when possible.
Nature plays an incredibly important role in our daily lives. Not only is it our beautiful home in the universe providing us a multitude of resources for our physical health, it also affects us mentally. According to research, meditating and walking in nature helps to decrease repetitive negative thoughts.
Let's all show gratitude by protecting the Earth to protect ourselves and future generations to come. It's great to try these suggestions out on this special day, but being everyday mindful of these practices is even better!
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