Spring has sprung! With the beautiful warm weather and flowers blooming around us, it’s the perfect time to appreciate our planet and do our part to protect it.
At Global Ozone, we’re dedicated to creating eco-friendly alternatives to traditional disinfectants that make your life easier while also preventing pollution and waste. This year on Earth Day, join us in celebrating nature, protecting the environment, and giving back to our communities. Here are just a few ways you can pitch in on Earth Day.
1. Plant a tree
This might be the most obvious one, but you can’t go wrong with planting a tree in your yard. Trees clean our air and create oxygen while also providing habitats for local fauna. No yard for trees? No problem. Even if you live in an apartment, you can plant a small herb garden or pot some flowers to celebrate (and liven up your windowsill).
Want to take it a step further? Research native plants and pollinators for your region and create a natural garden in your yard. Soon, you’ll have butterflies and bees frequenting your yard to pollinate and restore the environment.
2. Avoid driving
Cars, while convenient, pollute our air. If you have access to public transportation, consider taking the bus or the train to cut down on your carbon footprint. Or, pull your bike out of the garage and enjoy the nice weather on the way to work.
3. Learn to sew
Clothes (including uniforms and jerseys) are frequently sent to landfills after they rip or tear, where they will take years to decompose. In fact, 92 million tons of garments end up in the garbage every year. Rather than tossing a torn shirt in the trash, take the opportunity to learn to mend your clothes. Not only will you cut down on replacement costs, but you’ll also reduce your clothing waste.
4. Don’t buy anything
Much like the clothes that end up in the dump, think of all the things you replace every year, like cleats, helmets, shoulder pads, and training equipment — even if your old one was perfectly fine. Overconsumption is a major contributor to our pollution and waste problem, so before you click “add to cart,” think about the ways you can give your old stuff new life.
5. Volunteer on a clean-up crew
Littering: it’s gross, it’s an eyesore, and it endangers our environment. Beautify your community and heal the planet by joining a litter clean-up effort at your local park, hiking trail, or just around your neighborhood. As a bonus, you’ll get to meet other environmentally-conscious people in your area that you can organize with year round!
6. Make a donation
Sometimes we’re a bit too busy to donate our time to an Earth Day project, but that doesn’t mean you can’t chip in on a worthy cause in other ways. Instead, make a monetary contribution to an eco-friendly organization. This could mean supporting your community garden, donating to national parks, or even funding a wildlife rehabilitation effort. It might not feel like much, but even a small donation can make a big difference in your community and for our planet as a whole.
7. Reconsider your cleaning supplies
Looking to reduce your plastic waste and prevent harmful chemicals from entering our water supply? Look no further than your cabinet of cleaning supplies. Single-use spray bottles contribute to the 400 million tons of plastic waste every year, most of which are not recycled and will take thousands of years to decompose. On top of the plastic issue, the chemicals in these cleaning products often leech into our water supply, harming aquatic life and affecting drinking water.
Instead of buying countless aerosol cleaners and disinfecting sprays, look for a sanitizing option that is powerful enough to kill germs but won’t kill our planet. At Global Ozone, our products are designed to rid athletic and protective gear of bacteria, viruses, molds, and fungi using the power of ozone. As a naturally occurring gas, ozone does not harm the environment. Even better, you won’t have to constantly repurchase single-use plastics to sanitize gear anymore — our machine is built to sanitize for years.