*Disclosure: As a brand ambassador for Central Arkansas McDonald’s I am being compensated for this post. However, all opinions are 100% mine.**
With Earth Day coming up on Saturday, April 22nd many people will be thinking of ways to celebrate Earth Day. Going green is a great way to celebrate Earth Day and something good for Earth. Going green can sometimes sound a lot harder that it really is. There are plenty of easy ways to go green and today I’ll be sharing five easy ways we can do so in honor of Earth Day.
5 Easy Ways To Go Green in Honor of Earth Day
- Recycle– I’m so thankful that it has become so much easier to recycle these days. I remember when I was a kid and we had to separate our recycling into three different small bins. And there was a very limited amount of items that could actually be recycled. Thankfully, these days it is really easy to recycle. Most cities have single stream recycling systems so there is no need to separate items you wish to recycle. You can simply place all of your recyclable items in the same bin. Although recycling takes a little bit of effort it’s still really easy to recycle.I know I am good about recycling while at home, but I sometimes forget to recycle when I eat away from home. However, I have noticed that some restaurant food packaging now has the recycling symbol on items that may be recycled.
For instance, the clear plastic McCafe cups (the ones used for Iced Coffee, Frappes, Mochas, Shakes, and Smoothies) from McDonald’s have the recycling symbol printed on them. With directions telling you to discard the lid and rinse the cup out to recycle. Since I noticed this I have been taking home my McCafe cups that I get when ordering Shakes & Smoothies so I can recycle them.
So the next time you are at McDonald’s and order a small McCafe drink for $2 don’t forget that your cup is recyclable. 🙂
- Composting-Composting is another easy way to go green and make some nutrient soil for your flowers, plants, and garden. When you compost you reduce the amount of trash that you create because you are not throwing away your kitchen scraps. You can also place your shredded paper and used coffee grounds into your compost to help break down your kitchen scraps. If you are like me and you don’t drink coffee or you never make it at home. You can get FREE coffee grounds from McDonald’s. They have a coffee grounds recycling program and give away their used coffee grounds to customers and organizations instead of throwing them away. If you are interested in FREE recycled coffee grounds stop by your local McDonald’s and ask about the program.
- Reduce– There are several ways to reduce the amount of waste that you create. One easy way is to reduce your usage of items that create waste. For example, in our family, we try to use reusable bags when we grocery shop instead of using plastic and paper bags. Another great way to reduce waste is by donating items you no longer want to a thrift store instead of throwing them in the trash.
- Buy Used– Shopping at thrift stores is another easy way to go green. Buying used is not only great for your wallet, it’s also great for the environment.
- Reuse/Upcycle– Instead of throwing away items try to think of ways that you can reuse and repurpose old items. My son loves to reuse empty cereal and snack boxes for crafts. We also like to repurpose our old t-shirts into DIY grocery bags.