Earth Day 2018 – Make It Meaningful!

In honor of Earth Day, we’ve rounded up a handful of our favorite eco-friendly products and easy tips for being kinder to the Earth.  Earth Day takes place on April 22 and more than 1 billion people in 192 countries are expected to take part. Whether you participate in a community clean-up, plant a tree in your yard, or find a way to up your recycling game, together we can all make a difference.

5 Eco-Friendly Products We Love:

Earth Rated Poop Bags
If you have a dog, you know that poop happens…a lot.  Picking up the waste is the first thing you can do for the environment, but have you ever considered how you’re picking it up? Traditional plastic grocery bags end up in landfills, or worse, in the ocean.  These eco-friendly bags by Earth Rated are made with an EPI additive, which makes them biodegradable in a landfill within one year. They also offer certified compostable bags made with a vegetable starch-base.
EcoSmart Weed and Grass Killer
EcoSmart has created a variety of pesticide products that harness the power of essential oils as a natural defense against insects and pathogens.  Made with food grade ingredients, they won’t leave any toxic residues behind or harmful contaminants in ground water. You can feel good about treating your lawn and garden with a product that is safe for the environment, as well as your children and pets.  
Botanical Interests Seeds
There are countless benefits to growing your own produce, including a healthier lifestyle and the satisfaction of cultivating your own food.  The benefits extend beyond your backyard to the environment when you consider the reduction you’re marking on the carbon footprint (grocery store food travels an average of 1500 miles before it’s even consumed!).  At Botanical Interests, they’ve meticulously sourced a huge selection of non GMO Certified Organic seed varieties. The quality of their seeds is only matched by the quality of their packaging – each with a signature watercolor image and enough information to guarantee success for even the most novice grower.   
Cape Cod All Naturals Repellants
Cape Cod All Naturals offers a diverse line of products for both people and pets.  As is the case with all of their products, the Spray Repellant contains no DEET. The primary ingredients are aloe, lemongrass, and a specific strain of eucalyptus.  And the fact that it’s made on Cape Cod means keeping that carbon footprint as small as possible.
Naked Bee Body Products
All of the good stuff, none of the bad stuff.  That’s the Naked Bee’s promise and they stand behind it.  Their lotions, lip balms, shampoos and other body products are created in the USA using safe, paraben-free, dye-free ingredients…think honey, olive oil and oatmeal!  And we love their commitment to never, ever testing on animals.

15 Simple Tips You Can Do to Be Kinder to the Earth

  1. Plant a Tree
  2. Ditch the plastic straws
  3. Carry a reusable water bottle
  4. Grow your own vegetables
  5. Turn the water off while you’re brushing your teeth
  6. Bring your own shopping bag to the store
  7. Compost
  8. Recycle everything you can
  9. Drive less by combining errands or using your bike instead
  10. Switch to energy efficient lightbulbs
  11. Unplug chargers when they’re not in use
  12. Use cloth napkins
  13. Shop local
  14. Turn off the lights when you leave a room
  15. Pay your bills online and cancel the paper statements

Looking for another way to celebrate Earth Day 2018 on the Cape?  Join the Orleans Historical Society for a special Earth Day lecture, “Plastic is Forever”, on Sunday, April 22 from 4-6 PM at the OHS, 3 River Street, Orleans.