Now that we are a few days into March, the spring season is on the horizon. Although it doesn’t really feel like it, a few (relatively) warm days scattered throughout the windy and freezing winter is an indication that the blooming season is coming soon. Here are a few ways to prepare for the new season in an environmentally friendly way.
- Make your own natural cleaning products
Many cleaning products contain toxic compounds that evaporate or go down the drain during use, harming both humans and the environment. For this year’s Spring cleaning, opt for non-toxic products, or even better, make your own natural cleaners. Surprisingly enough, you can make effective cleaning solutions with a few household products such as baking soda, vinegar and essential oils.
- Start planning your Spring garden
With the warm weather coming up, there’s no better time to practice gardening in your backyard or local community. You can start planning your ultimate Spring garden by purchasing seeds and do some research now. A few resources on home gardening are TreeHugger, VeggieGardener and AWayToGarden. Gardening offers countless benefits, including reducing stress, fostering human connections, and improve your diet if you go for the veggies
- Sort out unused items for donation
As you start adapting your closet for the warmer season, consider donating items you haven’t used in past 3 or 6 months. If not sentimental, chances are you won’t ever use them in the future. Those clothes that haven’t seen daylight in months should probably be donated or sold. Thankfully, there is a variety of ways to give your items a new home, whether through a donation box, mail or online selling. Extending your items’ life is an excellent way to relieve pressure on the environment. So, start sorting out your unwanted stuff for the Spring!
Written by Kelly Jean, Class of 2021