March 31, 2022
You can save the world! Actually, we all can, together. Each of our small actions add up to a big impact That’s why we’ve put together a list of attainable things you can do to make all the difference this Earth Day – and who knows, you could find it’s easier than you think…
- Biking to work or walking around town
- The beauty of our landscape is that there is so much to see. Yet, we often zoom by too fast to see them. Biking to work or parking and walking around town is not only energy efficient, but emotionally efficient too helping keep your brain and body sharp. Why not park your car uptown and walk around while you run your errands rather than driving shop to shop? You might see something you’d have otherwise missed.
- Double up on errands
- If you drive to work, stop for your errands on your way home instead of heading back out. Making fewer trips may require a bit more planning but in the long run it benefits everyone and makes your life easier too.
- Find your local food kitchen
- If you find yourself buying more than you eat, see what you can donate. We have local food pantries here in Butte that benefit from non perishables and the local food bank who accepts donations of all kinds. Americans throw away 133 billion pounds of food each year – that’s 40% of our food supply.
- Take it home!
- If you only finish half of your meal and leave it, it ends up getting thrown away. Leftovers are one less meal you need to cook for the week!
- Carry your cups
- Did you know that at Headframe Spirits we give you benefits for bringing your own cocktail cup when you want a cocktail to go? In fact, many places are happy to fill your personal cup at less than normal price for doing your part to help the environment.
- Reusable water bottles
- I know, I know you probably hear this one all the time but it’s true! Americans toss out 2.5 million plastic bottles EVERY HOUR! This can easily be avoided by being mindful of what and how much you are throwing away. Plus, Silver Bow County provides some of the best drinking water in the state.
- Go naked!
- When picking out things like apples, bananas or other fruits and vegetables, don’t worry about putting them into those little plastic bags. This just creates more work for you and more plastic for the Earth.
- Buy local
- Food that is produced locally means a shorter trip to the store generating less CO2 emissions compared to a long-distance truck, boat or plane. Many things like raspberries and strawberries grow great in Montana, so if you want you can even try growing them yourself and eliminate the CO2 emissions all together!
- Freeze instead of spoil
- Fruits and vegetables hold really well in the freezer. In fact, they are good for up to a year and a half if you freeze your produce at the peak of freshness. This will be really nice too when you get to enjoy fruit during a different season that you can’t normally find them. And those brown bananas in the kitchen? Hello homemade banana bread!
- Stay neighborly
- Here in Montana, we know how to have each other’s backs. Why not borrow a tool from a neighbor before running out to buy a new one? Or check out one of our great thrift stores, yard sales or online used marketplaces. You’ll meet new people and be able to cherish those new relationships grown from old things.
Bonus: 11. Use Reusable Shopping Bags:
By keeping a reusable bag in plain sight, you don’t have to worry about forgetting it when you head to the store! Our ChicoBags can hold four half gallons of milk and are almost impossible to overfill! They pack away nice and small plus, they’re made from 100% post-consumer recycled content fabric.
Try to set goals for yourself every week that you can stick to. Maybe keep that reusable bag in your car, or connect with your local farmers to learn about what produce they grow. There are so many ways you can help the Earth while helping, and supporting, your fellow Montanans.
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