April is EARTH MONTH! The Salon Movement and its awesome partners are already committed to living as green and eco-friendly as possible and this is the perfect time to get the rest of you on board to helping the earth — and yourself — be a lot healthier.
Start A Challenge
Challenge your family, friends or colleagues this April to see who can be the most sustainable. At the end of the month, find out who has the lowest hydro bill, who reduced their food waste the most, who produced the least amount of garbage — or ALL the above! A challenge with a small prize will motivate people to do their best and learn some good habits that stick with them far past April.
Use Alternate Forms of Transportation
It’s the start of spring and most people are excited to shed their boots and parkas and get outside. It’s not too hot or too cold so walking and biking are ideal at this time of year. Commit to using your car as little as possible during April. If biking or walking is not an option for your commute, try using transit or carpooling if it’s available to you.
April is the perfect time to start a garden and grow all sorts of wonderful fruits and vegetables. You get some fresh air and relaxation time while being productive. This month is usually the start of community markets where you can get some great local produce. Support your local farmers and learn some new tips and tricks you can put towards your own garden.
Take that wonderful crop of veggies you bought and/or grew and find recipes to use them all. Commit to trying at least one vegetable a week that you have either never tried before, or you thought you didn’t like and find a way to love it.
Try using vegetables as the base of all your meals this month. We’re not saying you have to cut out meat completely but try to incorporate as many meat-free meals as possible. This will greatly help your health and the earth’s sustainability.
Don’t Buy Anything You Don’t Need
Take this month to think about your footprint and budget. Buying items you don’t need leads to increased clutter and less satisfaction for what we have. Make a commitment this month to buy only what you absolutely need. And if you do need something, buy sustainably. Sustainable beauty products, sustainable fashion, and supporting local eco-friendly companies should always be your first choice when you need something new.
Commit To Something Green Outside
Grab a group of friends or family and head outside to appreciate the natural beauty and do some good for the earth. Pick up trash at your local park or beach, or plant some trees in an area that needs it. You’ll feel good and, of course, the earth will, too!
Find More Tips
Did you catch our Spring into Sustainability blog post last month? Be sure to take a read through to find out more ways to help you on your way to being more sustainable at home and at work.
Happy Earth Month!