Happy Earth Day! As you might already know, I am a strong believer in leading an eco-friendly lifestyle. I try to make simple changes year-round with our environment in mind, from bringing my own reusable bags to the grocery store to unplugging my beauty appliances when I’m not using them. But if there’s a time to go the extra mile for our planet, it’s today! To inspire you to live a greener lifestyle this Earth Day, I’ve put together three fun ways you can give back to the planet. Check them out and discover how you can go green this month…

1. Plant a Garden. Whether you’re planting container herbs on your balcony or raised beds in your backyard, starting a garden is a lovely way to keep our planet green. Not only will you have fresh veggies or pretty blooms to enjoy, you will be contributing to the health and beauty of our planet as well. And if you’re thumb isn’t the greenest, succulents are always a nice (and easy!) option.

2. Host a Beach Clean-Up Barbecue. Organize your friends and family into a coastal cleanup crew. Follow the cleanup effort with a fun bonfire or barbecue to entice even more people to join. If you’re not near the coast, you can pick up trash at your local park or lakeside, and follow it with a picnic lunch. It’s a great way to give back and enjoy the outdoors all at once.

3. Walk, bike, or bus it. Challenge yourself to go an entire day without using your car on weekend. If you live in a walk-able neighborhood, pick a nearby brunch spot to walk to with friends. Follow breakfast with a bike ride to your city’s museum or another destination of your choice. You’ll be reducing your carbon footprint and getting a workout all at the same time. In cities where public transportation is easily accessible, you can also forgo your wheels for the subway or metro.

There are so many ways to make a difference. If these three ideas don’t appeal to you, I encourage you to find something that does. Remember, every little bit counts, even if it’s just switching to reusable water bottles or turning off the lights when you leave a room.

What are you doing to give back this Earth Day?

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XO Lauren