It’s hard not to be cynical about Earth Day, when you’re a sustainability advocate. Like, why just one day? Why plant trees one day of the year? Why pick up trash only one day a year? Why try to make your business slightly more sustainable only one day a year?
Sure, maybe Earth Day brings attention to environmental issues, plus gets the word out about how to be more sustainable. But living consciously is a year-round thing, not something you do on a holiday, like dressing up for Halloween, or watching the ball drop on New Year’s.
In that spirit, the members of the Ethical Writers Coalition, of which I’m a co-founder, decided to share – in one sentence – something they do to live sustainably all year round. Get inspired!
Alden Wicker, EcoCult
I honor the Earth every single day, by always packing a reusable water bottle, a reusable handkerchief, and a reusable bag in my purse – they are as important as my wallet and keys!
Emily McLaughlin, Gathering Green
I honor the Earth all year, beyond Earth Day, by being mindful of where my food is sourced, joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share, and educating myself on modern farming practices.
Stephanie Villano, My Kind Closet
I honor the Earth every day by wearing my clothes more than once to save water with fewer washes, and sourcing my food locally whenever possible – even growing my own produce in the summer and fall.
Danielle Calhoun, Black Sheep Bride
I honor the Earth every day by teaching my children the importance of picking up trash and recyclables in on our daily walks around the neighborhood and showing them the value of eating what’s available to them in our own environment (in our case fish from the Gulf of Mexico we catch).
Annie Zhu, Terumah
I honor the Earth by buying organic and supporting local farmers.
Catherine Harper, Walking With Cake
I honor the Earth every day by teaching my boys to recycle, using what we have instead of always buying something new, and eating locally-grown foods.
Faye Lessler, Sustaining Life
I honor Mama Earth every day of the year by always being mindful of my actions, asking questions before I purchase, and appreciating the beauty of life.
Kamea Chayne, Kamea World
I honor planet Earth every day by using a holistic view of health—one that encompasses the health of our minds, bodies, and our collective environment—to shape my thought processes, habits, and consumer choices.
Jacalyn Beales, Out of Wilderness
I honor our Earth everyday by striving to use products which don’t violate the rights and welfare of our planet’s wildlife.
Hanna Baror Padilla, Sotela
I honor the Earth every day by creating timeless clothing with eco-friendly fabrics that is made in the US.
Chandra Fox, These Native Goods
I honor the Earth every day by appreciating everything she has provided us with and by reducing my family’s waste through more conscious shopping practices, when selecting our food and goods – less packaging, less chemicals, less impact.
Nichole Dunst, Green or Die
I honor the Earth by abstaining from products, materials, and practices that rob it of its precious natural resources, by getting out and enjoying the natural beauty that it has to offer, and by practicing compassion towards all of its creatures.
Renee Peters, Model 4 Green Living
I honor the Earth every day by not consuming animal products, walking and taking public transportation, consuming products responsibly and wasting less, and by using my platform as a model to spread my message.
Eleanor Snare, Eleanore Snare
I honour the Earth each day by spending time outside, fully absorbing what’s around me, reducing my impact on the planet and learning to interact with the planet in new ways through planting, growing and nurturing.
Elizabeth Stilwell, The Note Passer
I honor the Earth everyday by treading lightly on her resources and inhabitants as I practice minimalism, veganism, and use public transportation as much as possible.
Addie Benson, Old World New
I honor our one and only Earth every day by making old things new again, such as thrifted fashion finds, thereby not encouraging the use of our finite precious natural resources.
Sara Weinreb, IMBY
I honor the Earth everyday by using plastic-free packaging that is made of recycled and recyclable materials when I ship out new orders of our Made in USA clothing.
Abby Calhoun, A Conscious Consumer
I honor the Earth every day by taking in as much as information as I can about her resources, climate change, and our role as consumers in the ‘bigger picture’. I promise to never stop asking questions and having conversations, and will always look for alternative consumption practices to relieve the pressure we are placing on our planet.
Juhea Kim, Peaceful Dumpling
I honor the Earth every day by composting and eating vegan. I’ve been vegan for almost 10 years and composting for 5 years. These two activities ground me and make me feel more compassionate, conscientious, and connected to the Earth.
Quiet moments to watch the sunrise, daily hikes in wild places, conscious and focused appreciation for the abundance of this planet and my connection to it- these are my daily rituals to honor this incredible Earth! I also fold this appreciation and respect into all aspects of my work – whether I am writing and sharing my adventure stories, publishing photos, or consulting on ethical supply chain strategy.
Dominique, Let’s Be Fair
I honor the Earth by loving the people on it and enjoying the beauty of the world with them as grateful stewards.
Kasi Martin, The Peahen
I show my love for the Earth by talking her up! You can eat vegan, live as minimally as possible, and do your homework when it comes to clothes, but when others know the motivation for your lifestyle choices they can also be inspired to action.