On April 22nd of every year (since 1970), millions of Americans have been passionately moving towards a greener planet by taking part in environmentally friendly activities or purchasing sustainable products. I could give you thousands of reasons why we need to be eco-conscious or tell you that “green is the new black,” but it’s up to you to make the difference. Here are a few suggestions:
Begin your Earth Day with an eco-friendly breakfast! This 8-inch waffle maker includes an eco-friendly nonstick ceramic coating, which is free of synthetic materials such as polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). The appliance has an adjustable temperature control to prevent you from burning breakfast, lights to guide you through the cooking process, and a wide drip rim to prevent any messes. It also includes a recipe book full of delicious ideas such as sweet or chocolate waffles! When your waffles are ready to serve, you can pile them on a plate for an artsy design, use a single serving as a four-leaf clover, or cut them up to look like individual hearts.
We all need office supplies such as paper, binders, and packing materials, but these items are often made through toxic processes. Fortunately, Shoplet has managed to create over 20,000 recycled products that are both useful for businesses and kind to the environment. When you browse through their site, all recycled products will be marked with a symbol. However, if you want to narrow down your selection to only eco-friendly items, you can shop in their dedicated Green shop!
Last year, the US alone used enough plastic water bottles to stretch around the world 190 times! Threads for Thought decided to find a way to use these recycled water bottles by incorporating them into materials such as recycled polyester. The brand also utilizes organically grown cotton to avoid the use of chemicals. The basic t-shirt featured on the left is only $12, and it contains 60% organic cotton and 40% recycled polyester. Ten percent of this shirt is automatically donated to the New Roots campaign, which helps refugees become self-sufficient and contributes to their new homse through community gardening, nutrition education, and small-business farming.
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You can give a green gift that will last on for generations by planting a tree with TreeGivers.com. This gift can be symbolic of new beginnings, personal growth, a heartfelt memorial, or even an honorable birthday. Each order includes a certificate and a handwritten card with your personalized message. Your tree can be planted in any state in the US, or even in some Canadian provinces.