If you’ve been following me on Instagram Stories or reading some of my blogs, you’ll know that Gavin and I have been pretty busy lately. Being busy all the time can be a bit draining and often times leaves me craving a relaxing weekend at home. We recently moved to Culver City and are loving our new place. My newest obsession has been filling our new home with tons and tons of plants! I always like having fresh flowers and plants around the house, but I decided that it was time to give our balcony a little TLC. Since Gavin and I had a weekend at home to ourselves, we decided to pay our local Home Depot a visit and create an organic plant garden for our balcony!
I have been known to be an indoor plant whisperer, but my friend Gabby is really great at growing plants outside. I went to her for advice and ended up with 6 cherry tomatoes, 6 jalapeños, cilantro, and both sweet and Greek basil. I’m really excited that we were able to spend not only a day together just Gavin and I, but Earth day too, planting organic produce that we could use every day around the house! I will keep you updated with how it goes, but I have a pretty good feeling about it!
I personally feel like Earth Day should be everyday because we only have one planet and that planet needs to be taken care of. With all of the technology and social media nowadays, we are more aware than ever that, like my balcony, our Earth could use a little TLC, too. Aside from eating organic and growing your own produce at home (or supporting local, organic farmers), I’ve come up with a few other ideas that you too can do to make a difference!
- Give up plastic straws! This is huge right now and so many places in LA are boycotting plastic straws by either not offering straws at all or switching to paper straws that are biodegradable or reusable stainless steel straws. I always have fun paper straws around the house for when guests come over, but I also got my company to purchase stainless steel straws instead of plastic ones. Stainless steel straws are a durable alternative option to the 500 million plastic straws that the U.S. uses every single day. They are also less likely to end up in our oceans and endangering wildlife.
- Use organic reusable cotton rounds or makeup remover pads. Cotton plants use 16% of the worlds pesticides – toxic to both humans and animals. Reusable, organic cotton pads reduces the usage of plastic packaging, ditches the harsh chemicals, and are super easy to clean and reuse.
- Use wool dryer balls. Not only do they leave your clothes feeling super soft, but they allow your clothes to dry faster and not waste as much energy.
- Use reusable produce bags at the grocery store. I like these and they are so inexpensive and much sturdier than the plastic bags. Single-use plastic products, like produce bags, are a huge part of the world’s plastic problem.
I hope these ideas inspire you make these simple changes that’ll help our planet. I swear that you’ll feel great about it too! If you have any other ideas to save our Earth, please feel free to share them in the comments below!