EARTH DAY
2012

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lanet Earth takes center stage this week with the 42nd observance of  EARTH DAYThe annual event is designed to raise awareness and appreciation of our natural environment.

A simple tree planting is one way to give back to the planet and throughout this post I’ll share a few more easy things we can all do to help the planet.


The Earth Day Network is a global organization which helps to promote Earth Day (April 22) all over the world.

Their website is a good resource for what you can do in your own household and community to help protect the environment including simple steps on GOING GREEN.

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One of my favorite books to browse is called Earth from Above and it’s filled with beautiful photographs from a very unique perspective.

Armed with a camera and a helicopter vantage-point, the author snapped the photographs from all around the world and compiled them in this breathtaking book which includes 177-photos taken from his perch in the sky.

Earth from Above
This cover image is amazing.

From the ground, this mangrove swamp in the photo below is a water-logged tree formation but from the air, the natural, heart-shape appearance speaks to just how grand and unexpected Mother Nature can be.

Earth from Above page

How cute is this environmentally-themed fabric?  I’ve had this fabric in my stash for a while now.

The fabric features three different designs including a tree print, one with leaves and one featuring inspiring words of conservation.

Earth Day fabric

I still haven’t decided what I’m going to make out of this fabric but the collection was just too adorable to resist.  Besides it’s a great message, isn’t it?

NOTE: While the tree print and a version of the leaf print are still available, this particular environmental-worded print appears to be out of production now.  However, a very similar (and equally cute) worded print is available at Fabric.com (8 yards left as of this writing).

Earth Day fabric words

Check out these iron-on, environmentally-themed appliques at my local fabric shop.

As soon as I spotted these, I knew right away what to do with them.

Earth day appliques
The jacket appliques are just right for the budding environmentalist in my household.

Cameron is always on the lookout for new ways to conserve resources and encourage recycling efforts around the house and she even belongs to an environmental club at school called Groovy Green People.

Earth Day jacket
For many people, going green may seem like a daunting, lifestyle-altering step.

However, it doesn’t have to be and there are loads of very simple, painless measures that every family can adopt to make a big difference.

Here are a handful of small suggestions that can pack a big punch.

10-EASY GREEN TIPS

1. Reduce use of resources

2. Unplug unused electronics

3.  Look for energy efficient labels

4. Fix household leaks

5. Buy or use recycled products

6. Use low-power, sleep mode on computers

7. Buy local, organic produce

8. Properly dispose of hazardous waste

 9. Use compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs

10.  Recyle at home

Source for green tips: our earth.org

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If you love the Country Living series of books like I do, you’ll love this book too.  It’s filled with useful, attractive ways to Restore, Recycle Repurpose .

This is a handy resource is all about creating a sustainable, beautiful home and includes easy decorating projects, tips and wonderful photos to boot.

Restore, Recycle, Repurpose
In my own household  we’ve all recommitted ourselves to using green (albeit floral) bags for groceries as we move closer to being more green.

It’s a simple measure that’s made even easier when you remember to put the tote bags back in your car immediately after unloading them.

Pretty green bags
I picked up these large, super sturdy bags several years ago at Pier One Imports.  Each one holds a ton of groceries and I think they also look quite pretty lined up in the back of the car.

NOTE: Even though I bought my bags a while back, I’ve noticed this particular floral design is still available along with several other pretty patterns.

Green bags floral
Here’s a timely question (with an easy answer).

What do cookie dough and hand-tinted, green icing have to do with Earth Day?

Earth Day icing
Kudos and points to those who guessed correctly.

Here’s a bit of Cameron’s baking handiwork in honor of the environmentally-themed occassion.

Earth Day cookie
By the way, if you’re curious about your own carbon footprint, I found this carbon footprint calculator that will help you estimate your family’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The calculator will help estimate your total household emissions, share actions to reduce the estimated emissions and calculate (in dollars) how much you can save by reducing your gas emissions and energy use.

Meanwhile, the young environmentalists in my household decided to recognize Earth Day week getting their hands a little dirty.

Earth Day planting
Of course, Cameron and Jordy never object to digging in dirt.

I hope they always keep in mind why they planted this tree and continue to plant many more over the years.

Earth Day tree planting
Remember, even though the official Earth Day observance is April 22, the commitment to protecting our environment doesn’t have to be reserved for just that one day alone.

Do you have any Earth Day traditions or activities planned?  Are you already going green?

  • Vicki

    Great post…and photography Lisa.

  • adrienne

    You are the most creative person I know! Great post!

  • Elaine Tutman

    This is a good post. I am serious about using my fruit and vegetable peelings in my compost tumbler. The tumbler makes it easy to make my very own compost to enrich the soil in my vegetable garden. Just a little step to do my part to give back to Mother Earth. Best wishes, Nana Banana

  • Conspicuous Style

    What a great post. I love when people use their blogs to do good! Spreading the word like this is so important!
    Stacy

  • toko

    Thank you for posting this. It’s exactly what I was looking for!

  • Karen Barclay

    Hi Lisa, yet another wonderful post. Thank you so much for visiting my very new U.K blog and leaving a comment.
    This is my reply to you.
    Thank you so much for visiting my very new blog and so glad you liked it, you cant believe how excited I am when I get a new visitor, especially as I have visited your blog after reading about it in Blogging for Bliss, I am truly honoured.
    I will put a link to your blog on mine as I know so many of my friends will enjoy reading it. If my blog becomes as good as yours I will be extremely happy.
    You have made my day. Thank You so much x

  • toko

    Thank you for posting this. It’s exactly what I was looking for!

  • Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita

    I love this post! Great ideas as always! I’ve been using my own bags at the supermarket for years – I think it’s a simple and valuable way to conserve.

  • Carol Bank

    Lisa, will you share who the fabric manufacturer is or where you got it? You always have such great ideas! Thanks.

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