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Going Green: Celebrating Earth Day 2020 from home

Earth Day will celebrate it's 50th year on Wednesday, April 22. Here are some ways to celebrate at home!

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Earth Day will celebrate it's 50th year on Wednesday, April 22.

And this year, Earth Day goes digital!

During this quarantine, we are eating a lot more at home but food waste still occurs.

Food waste is actually a big chunk of what goes to the landfill.

Why not compost that waste, instead of putting back into a landfill?

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To make your own compost at home:

  • Use a trash can or a plastic bin that has a lid.
  • Drill some holes in the bottom of it, so it can breath.
  • Put in "brown" items first, like grass clippings, leaves, twigs, even shredded newspaper. Coffee and filters too.
  • Put in your "green" items - your old food products like egg shells, fruits, vegetables.
    • You can even put pet fur in there! The smell of the hair will help detract outdoor animals. But don't put meat scraps or bones in the bin, as that WILL help attract animals.
  • Put the lid on it and let it the composting begin!
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If you have extra time, fix something! I don't love this coffee table, so instead of buying new, I can sand it down and change out the hardware to make it look new again!

Flowering plants can be fun way to celebrate Earth Day.

Poppy seeds are great to plant this time of year. They need a spot with plenty of sunshine. They need about nine to 12 weeks to germinate.

I also have some sunflowers seeds that I got from the Hamilton County Seed Swap, but those will have to wait a couple more weeks to plant.

Maybe one of your quarantine projects is to clean out your closets?

If you are like me, you have clothes you haven't worn in at least a year or more. Don't let them collect dust. Why not donate them instead?

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And another way you can celebrate Earth Day is by deleting old emails. They take up space on servers and those servers use energy.

To learn about some more ways to celebrate Earth Day at home, click here.

For more information from the San Francisco Department of the Environment, click here.