10 Best Ways to Celebrate Earth Day 2024!

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Looking for Earth Day activities? Use our tips to be one with the planet this Earth Day 2024 and every day.

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Learn new ways to be eco-friendly and gain a new appreciation for our Earth! Here are our top Earth Day 2024 posts and Earth Day activities.

When is Earth Day 2024?

Earth Day 2024 is Monday, April 22, 2024.

What is Earth Day?

Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

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Here are some fun Earth Day facts:

  • The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970.
  • Earth Day went global in 1990.
  • Earth Day now includes a wide range of Earth Day activities and events coordinated globally by EarthDay.org and was purposefully planned between spring break and final exams in the hope that college students would participate.
  • Approximately 1 BILLION people in more than 190 countries celebrate Earth Day every year.
  • Across the world, it’s also referred to as “International Mother Earth Day”.
  • There’s an official Earth Anthem song.

The facts are, one day isn’t nearly enough to celebrate Mother Earth and all she has to offer each of us.

No matter where you live, Earth Day is a day to find a new appreciation and open yourself to becoming more eco-friendly. So, we’re sharing some of our all-time favorites and most popular tips in honor of Earth Day so we can help you save money and the planet – now and for every day moving forward too.

Here are the top Earth Day activities or products you can buy to celebrate Earth Day 2024 and invest in our Earth for years to come:

1. Invest in a reusable water bottle to save on plastic.

woman standing in forrest holding up hydro flask water bottle

Did you know that bottled water is ranked the #1 U.S. beverage by volume sold? According to the Container Recycling Institute“more than 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills and incinerators every day – a total of about 22 billion last year.” 😳

That makes switching to a reusable water bottle a no-brainer! 🙌🏼

line up of different top brand water bottles on wood bench in front of brick wall

Luckily, I rated the best water bottle brands after many years of testing! So if you’re in the market this Earth Day, make sure to check out which one will best suit your needs. I even included the BEST option for kids! 👍

2. Help save the oceans by using our favorite reusable straws.

hand holding pile of dirty straw at beach earth day awareness

Approximately 500 million plastic straws are used each day in America alone. It’s also been calculated that by 2050 there will be more weight in straws than fish in the oceans. 😱 It’s no wonder why many larger companies have made the switch to a no-straw policy years ago.

Straws are extremely harmful and even fatal to marine life due to getting stuck or ingested. Even worse, research from the National Library of Medicine found traces of plastic in sea salt, 94% of tap water, and shellfish. 🙁

If you’re looking to stop using plastic straws, we shared the best/worst reusable straws and even shared more information on the damage plastic straws are doing. Make the switch now!

Want to help the oceans and marine life beyond Earth Day 2024?

close up of persons hand wearing a gray and plastic bubble bracelet on wrist for earth day

I love these 4ocean bracelets because each purchase cleans up one pound of trash in the water. You can choose specific colors that represent your favorite animals from sea turtles to dolphins. Plus, score 20% off your purchase when you sign up for emails.

3. Turn your trash into treasure with our hacks this Earth Day.

hand holding old candle with wax over sink

One of the best ways to contribute to the Earth is to use less trash. You don’t have to contribute to the overwhelming amounts of garbage in landfills once a product is gone and there can be many ways to repurpose it too!

Check out our genius upcycling ideas you can do at home with frequently used items like candles. From medicine bottles to unused shoe boxes and so much more you can transform so many pieces into treasures this Earth Day!

4. You can ditch plastic wrap forever with these food wraps.

various bowls on counter with bees wraps on top

Bee’s Wraps are naturally antimicrobial, made from GOTS-certified organic cotton, sustainably sourced beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. All the ingredients combined create a malleable and easy-to-use food wrap that can be used repeatedly. Perfect for packing lunches or storing leftovers! 🙌

After trying these reusable Bees Wraps I was sold. Plus, I knew I was making a significant difference for our planet on Earth Day and every other day during the year.

Read my full beeswax food wraps review if you’d like to learn more!

hand holding half of an orange with orange food hugger on bottom

As an alternative to wrapping food, grab a set of Food Huggers for cut foods and lidless jars. They’re BPA-Free and dishwasher safe making them another genius Earth-friendly reusable product to have in your home.

5. Stasher bags are a great alternative to using plastic and always go on sale on Earth Day.

woman holding clear stasher reusable silicone bags

The number of plastic sandwich baggies I was frivolously using occurred to me when all 3 of my kiddos were in school. Every day, I was using at least 3 baggies per lunch! 😱 That’s 45 sandwich bags in just one week not including the other bags I was using when it was convenient.

That’s about 4 boxes of these Ziploc sandwich bags per month! If I stayed on that track, I was projected to spend well over $200 just on baggies each year that had a lifespan of fewer than 24 hours. 😳

hand holding a full clear bag of frozen peas over freezer

We completely switched to Stasher Bags years ago and haven’t looked back. In fact, all of mine still look brand new and NONE of them have stained, ripped, or gone in the trash! 😱

They’re 100% silicone, easy to open and close, freezer and microwave-safe, and sous vide-safe. Plus, they’re even oven-ready and can even be thrown in the dishwasher for hassle-free cleaning! They’re endlessly reusable, extremely durable, and come in any size you need.

Last year, on Earth Day, Stasher hosted a 25% OFF sitewide sale and shipping is free on $49+ orders making it a great time to stock up.

If you’ve been hesitating to give them a try, check out my full review on Stasher reusable silicone bags.

6. Save the planet and thousands of dollars with our other recommended household swaps that go beyond Earth Day 2024.

woman hovering over table full of reusable and eco friendly products earth day activities

You’ve hit the mother-load of all Earth Day posts! From better ways to brew your coffee to how to clean your dishes and so much more. I shared the best eco-friendly product swaps to make in your home ASAP and how much you’ll save if you make these easy switches now! 👏🏻

For example, with the more eco-friendly solutions I came up with, you and your family could potentially save $45,000+ over the next 10 years! Honestly, the stats and numbers I shared will truly shock you! 😱

7. Earth Day is a great day to choose to make better choices when it comes to cleaning too. 

clean stain and dry white post its with non toxic natural laundry products

Depending on what cleaners you’re using at home, they could be contributing to health problems according to the EPAThe Nest states that families, on average, are spending a whopping $600 every year for cleaning supplies. Not to mention, they’re likely horrible for the environment since many aren’t 100% biodegradable and contain chemicals.

Your home should be a safe place and not just on Earth Day. That’s why you should make the switch to cleaner and more eco-friendly cleaning products if you haven’t already.

When you make more conscious choices, it will ultimately be better for you, your family, and the planet.

Want just one effective cleaning product that does it ALL and is completely eco-friendly too?!

hand holding capsules with force of nature cleaner in background

Even the most eco-friendly products need to be replaced. So regardless if you’ve found the cleanest of them all, we have a better solution to minimize your waste altogether AND it will cut your costs by at least 80%. 🙌🏼

Force of Nature is a federal EPA-registered disinfectant and sanitizer that NATURALLY kills 99.9% of germs, bacteria, and viruses – even COVID. 😱 That’s right, it uses just water, salt, and vinegar and can be used to replace bleach, disinfectants, sanitizers, deodorizers, kitchen, bathroom, window, carpet, rug, floor, pet, sports, and baby product cleaners. 🤯

It’s a splurge up front but once you own this unique system, the refill capsules come out to just 9 cents per ounce and completely eliminate single-use plastic bottles. Plus, the Recyclable Activator Capsules reduce plastic waste by 97%. It doesn’t get more Earth-friendly than that friends! 👏🏻

Our Clean Series has clean natural products that are toxic free swaps from cleaning products to makeup.

8. Your Earth Day activities could involve planting 5 trees for under $10 if you’re looking to celebrate Earth Day 2024. 

woman holding baby tree in forest earth day activities

At Arbor Day Foundation, you can honor all your loved ones with the gift of trees. For a mere $2 a tree, you can plant trees in a National Forest of your choice. You’ll receive a customized certificate which would even make a great gift idea if you’re celebrating a special occasion or a loved one!

Keep in mind there’s a 10-tree minimum order and each tree is $2 each making your Earth Day splurge as little as $20! Even better, shipping is free and we have a promo code to make this Earth Day idea even more affordable.

Get 15% OFF at Arbor Day Foundation!

Use code SAYYES15 at checkout

9. One of the greatest Earth Day activities is to get outside and pick up trash.

trash on beach clean up earth day activities

Getting outdoors and picking up trash is one of the best Earth Day activities you can do today and every day! The sad truth is that our planet’s waterways and environment are overflowing with litter. So one of the best things you and your friends can do is be proactive about cleaning up your neighborhood.

Learn more about the Great Global Cleanup and how you can join your local community at EarthDay.org. It’s the perfect Earth Day activities kid’s will feel good about too!

10. Head to Starbucks to get some free grounds for your garden.

free grounds for your garden in starbucks store basket

For nearly 3 decades, Starbucks has silently given away free Grounds for Your Garden which is available in-store or at the drive-thru. Starbucks’ initiative is to promote recycling and sustainability. These grounds, rich in nutrients, can be used as fertilizer in gardens, improving soil quality.

Customers can pick up these grounds from Starbucks stores, supporting eco-friendly practices and reducing waste. Note that availability may vary by location so be sure to call ahead. As a bonus, you can even use these grounds for other purposes besides your garden such as in your compost piles, repelling pests, or deodorizing shoes, refrigerators, trashcans, and so much more!

Plus, save even more at Starbucks by bringing a reusable mug!

hand holding a Gradient Orange Sherbet Cold Cup

Customers at participating stores in the U.S. and Canada who bring any clean, personal cup will receive a $0.10 discount on their beverage, and in the U.S., Starbucks Rewards members will receive 25 Bonus Stars. It’s not much, but everything counts, and you’ll be saving the Earth from another wasted disposable cup too.

Bookmark our Starbucks page to learn more about rewards and coupons you can score year-round!

You’re going to love these deals we posted today!

About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger & photographer and brings 9+ years of experience to her craft. Her work has been featured in numerous esteemed publications, spanning building, travel, and fashion. Beyond her creative pursuits, Sara’s primary mission is to empower others to embrace a toxic-free & sustainable lifestyle.

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Comments 13

  1. nldaadmin

    Thanks, Collin, for all the great reminders! I appreciate H2S every day in so many ways!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Aww, You’re SO very welcome! Thank you for stopping by each day! We sure are grateful for YOU! πŸ€—πŸ’•

  2. cbakerd3

    Great tips, thanks!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re so welcome!

  3. Angela

    4Ocean is doing buy one bracelet get one 50% off today for EarthDay too!!!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks, Angela! We’ll check it out!

  4. Amber (Hip Sidekick)

    Oh wow! Thanks so much for letting us know what you found, Candy M! Great deal!

  5. Candy M
    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing the straws you have been loving, Candy M! πŸ€— ❀️

  6. Patricia Lavenz

    I decided in honor of earth day we would stop buying water bottles. I have donated all ours. We have 2 each and that is more than enough. We hardly ever use them as we use glasses at home or coffee cups. We even use our coffee cups in the car as they fit perfectly in the cup holders. We have used our water bottles when we travel though.

    • Peaches

      Bravo! We bought 2 stainless steel bottles each about 10 years ago and ditched all other cups and glasses. Those bottles go with us everywhere. I have balance issues, so this was our solution to prevent spilled drinks.

  7. Crystal Burks

    These are great and helpful tips. Thanks!

    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome, Crystal! πŸ€— Glad you found these tips helpful! πŸ₯°

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