Planet Earth gives us shelter, warmth and is a place we call home.
Today is Earth Day—dedicated to learning and raising awareness for the environment. And these days, you don’t have to break the bank or adopt drastic lifestyle changes to make a difference. In fact, a lot of you are coming together on Pinterest and discovering simple DIY projects and activities to make an impact.
So for this week’s Pin Picks—and with a little help from our Pinners—we discover how to appreciate and protect the environment with 7 life hacks for Earth Day.
1. Wheel around town – If you want to prevent air pollution, save on fuel, and get blood circulating for better health, Ben Teoh has a board with all the gear you need to ride and reduce transportation emissions.
2. Just keep sipping – Styrofoam coffee cups are created with fossil fuels and aren’t biodegradable. Karl Pearson-Cater shows us that using reusable coffee mugs makes a huge difference for your morning routine and the planet.
3. Create art with spare parts – Old computers often contain toxic elements such as lead, mercury and even arsenic to run their circuit boards making disposing extremely difficult. Berczik Andrea shows us how to recycle and design your space with old technology.
4. Pack a reusable lunch – Stephanie Poff shows us that using simple re-usable containers to pack a daily lunch is not only healthy, but a great way to reduce trash and waste.
5. Breath easy at work – it’s no secret that plants help circulate oxygen. Gonzalo Rey Liste shares tips on the best air-filtering houseplants that purify the air. Perfect for your home, or even your office desk!
6. Toss your fruits and veggies – Daniel Martin gives us tips on how to inexpensively turn organic materials into rich soil to reduce a toxic footprint.
7. Clean with green – Bethany Hertog shows us how to stop hazardous chemicals from slipping into our drains and oceans with DIY cleaning products.
We’re doing our part here at Pinterest for the environment too. Our very own Pinterns (Pinterest interns) have created a place board of places they’re planning to reduce their carbon footprint by walking and hiking. Create your own board and let us know in the comments below on how you’re planning on celebrating Earth Day.
And of course, tune in next week for more Pin Picks.
—Pari Mathur, Content Guru, Currently pinning to Outside the Box