If you are going to spend Earth Day with your partner, both of you can commemorate the day together by being a little more eco-friendly than usual – you may even find some new habits or activities to continue on a frequent basis. While some cost money, many will fit into almost anyone’s budget and others won’t cost anything at all. This year, Earth Day may be even more fun than past years.
Buy Food From Local Businesses
On Earth Day, head over to some local businesses, preferably a farmers market, and buy food you can use later to make a meatless dinner together. Some meal ideas include a vegetable stir fry or burritos stuffed with lettuce, tomatoes, soy cheese, onions and vegetarian beans. For either meal, you can add a dash of lime juice straight from fresh limes.
Ride Your Bikes
Wherever you go with your partner on Earth Day, make sure to ride your bikes. They are much more eco-friendly than cars or public transportation and they are great for getting in your daily exercise while you run errands. If you’re not in a rush, spend some time riding through the park.
Have a Picnic
Whether you have a picnic in the park, backyard or even on your living room floor if the weather doesn’t cooperate, it’s a chance to eat the meal the both of you prepared together in a different way than you usually do. If you’re eating indoors, use flameless candles instead of turning on a light or using regular candles. Make sure to pick up some eco-friendly wine and use reusable utensils, dishes and glasses.
Either separately or together, both of you can go through your items and find everything that you no longer want. Gather it all together and drop it off to a worthy charitable organization. It’s an opportunity to stream-line your life and give back for Earth Day.
Turn Off Electronics
While some may find this incredibly challenging, turn off all your electronics when you absolutely don’t need them to be on. For example, use your computer at work but leave it off at home the rest of the day. On Earth Day, skip watching television, leave off your PDA and anything else that’s considered an electronic. This will give both of you a chance to have uninterrupted time together while you save energy – it’s also a way to separate yourself for awhile from electronics that you likely use more often than you realize.
At the end of Earth Day, you and your partner will know that you spent at least most of the day being eco-friendly together and giving back with the added benefit of doing things you may not usually do.