It’s hard to believe that environmentalism as we know it now only really solidified into a proper global movement in 1970 with the launch of Earth Day. That’s simplifying it a bit, but the day itself was crucial to the adoption of environmental practices the world over. Over 50 years later, we continue to celebrate this foundational moment in sustainability.
Held on April 22, Earth Day day sees billions of people work to make our planet a healthier and happier place to live. If you’re keen to be involved this year, read on to find out everything else to know about Earth Day, including what exactly you can do to take part in the festivities.
What Is Earth Day?
Reports say the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 with a US senator organising a national demonstration to raise awareness about environmental issues. By the end of that year, the US government had founded the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and by 1990, Earth Day was adopted and celebrated by more than 140 other countries.
When Is Earth Day?
Every year, Earth Day falls on April 22. This year, in 2022, the day falls on a Friday.
What’s the Difference Between Earth Day and Earth Hour?
If you’re familiar with Earth Hour, it’s likely you might be confusing it with Earth Day. Though both annual events are dedicated to raising awareness about the planet, that’s where their similarities stop.
Earth Hour falls on a Saturday at the end of March and, as its name suggests, lasts for only an hour. The idea is that you turn off non-essential electric lights as a symbol of commitment to the planet. Earth Day, meanwhile, falls on the same day every year – April 22 – and sees participants taking part in all sorts of activities to help the planet.
What Do You Do for Earth Day?
There are so many different things you can do to celebrate Earth Day, including planting a tree, turning off your non-essential lights (like you’d do during Earth Hour) and limiting your water use. To help you out, though, we’ve listed a few other specific things here:
Cut Down on Plastic Use
Did you know the average Australian uses a whopping 3,109 single-use plastic bottles in their lifetime? That’s 1 billion bottles Australians buy and throw away every single year. One easy way to make a dent in this stat is to switch to reusable bottles.
Zero Co offers bottles made from ocean, beach and landfill plastic for laundry liquid, dishwashing liquid and handwash. Once you’ve emptied your refill pouch, send it back to them to be cleaned, refilled and sent to another customer. And, they’re currently offering 10% off your first box with them with code ‘cleanup10’ (minimum spend $100, expires May 31, 2022).
Another brand aiming to cut down on household cleaning products waste is Tirtyl. The company is all about going waterless, as many cleaners can often contain up to 95% water, making them bulky and therefore contributing to greater emissions during transit. Tirtyl provides super-concentrated laundry sheets, which dissolve in 20 seconds and eliminate the need for plastic detergent bottles, dishwashing tablets and, from June, a universal cleaner.
From April 12 – 24, 2020, save 30% on a home bundle of Tirtyl ($55.30 + free shipping). Plus, they’ll collect a total of 93 bottles of ocean-bound plastic with every bundle sale, and will double that for any sales made on Earth Day.