Commit to the planet on Earth Day with these tips

Earth Day, which is coming up on April 22, is a reminder to take a step back and remember that the health of the planet we live on is important. The way we treat Mother Earth is important. What we do now not only affects our lives, but those decisions and actions will exponentially impact generations after us.

Sometimes the responsibility of the health of our planet is a heavy weight, but it doesn’t have to be so overwhelming. There are everyday things you can do, like shopping your favorite online thrift store (wink wink) that add up to big things. Imagine if everyone made the effort to do little things?

Here are some suggestions for not just Earth Day but every day.

Reusable water bottles

Convenient? Yes. Environmentally friendly? Gosh, no. There are so many brands and styles of reusable water bottles available, there is no need for anyone to purchase another throwaway bottle. Keep one in your car and at your desk so you always have one on you. Some even come with a clip so you can go hands free by hooking it onto a purse or tote. Carrying a reusable water bottle is trendy and can even be considered a fashion accessory! If you absolutely do not have another choice, be sure you recycle, recycle, recycle!

Just stop littering

Have you ever looked out the car window and really studied what you see? When every gas station, restaurant or store has a garbage can outside the front door, it’s hard to believe people STILL litter. An easy solution is purchasing a small trash can that can be secured inside your car. Throw your wrappers in there and when it’s full, empty it into the trash.

Make the (small) effort to recycle

Yes, recycling at home means you need to have two receptacles. Find a way to make it easy to recycle. Keep the recycle bin right outside your garage door or under the sink. Make it convenient and be proactive. Your city most likely has recycling information available online. Find out what they do and do not accept for recycling. You may be surprised by what they can take.

There are also many businesses that will accept plastic bags or wrap, including the plastic wrap your toilet paper rolls comes in, for recycling purposes. Rule of thumb: Ask yourself if it’s possible any item can be recycled before you throw it out and then follow through with it. If you already are committed to recycling, make a pledge on Earth Day to kick your recycling game up a notch. It makes a difference, friends!

Invest in reusable sandwich bags

Do you pack your own lunch or a child’s lunch? Consider investing in reusable sandwich or snack bags and, of course, a reusable lunch bag. A quick search on Amazon will reveal a wide variety of bags in different sizes and adorable prints. They are so low cost that they pay for themselves quickly. Many bags now are machine washable. Again, little things make a big difference.

Buy secondhand

This is our favorite way to celebrate Earth Day!

The greatness of the second hand cycle speaks for itself. Cleaning out your closet benefits you by getting rid of things that don’t serve your needs anymore (including the stress that comes with it). You’re also opening space to fill with more second hand pieces that keep fast fashion in check. By donating your items to Goodwill, you’re helping to keep them out of landfills where they do no good. And when Goodwill receives your second hand donations, you’re supporting a whole network of programs and services designed to help people lead better lives! It’s a perfect trifecta of goodness and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate Earth Day!

If you’re looking to fill some gaps in your newly cleaned out closet, shop your favorite thrift store!

About Goodwill: Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that believes in Elevating People by Eliminating Barriers to Employment across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin. Goodwill NCW is one of four companies in the nation to be honored with a Platinum Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Council of America, which recognizes our commitment to wellness in the workplace. The organization includes 27 retail stores and training centers in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse, 24 human services programs, a unique shopping experience at its Appleton outlet store, plus online shopping at, a women’s apparel website, and It offers four Donation Express sites and 10 convenient donation bins throughout the Fox Cities. Goodwill NCW is a Platinum Level member of, the world’s largest source of nonprofit organization information. Visit



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