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6 Things You Can Do To Help the Earth Right Now

6 Things You Can Do To Help the Earth Right Now

Faced by something as daunting as climate change, it’s easy to feel a bit helpless. Thankfully, there are hundreds of simple, practical steps we can take in our day-to-day lives to reduce our carbon footprints and contribute to a happier, healthier planet.

In honor of Earth Day we’ve compiled a list of “green” crafts and projects that can be done in a weekend. All it takes is to change a habit, start a new project, or try a different way of doing things!

1. Rescue some rubbish

Save some scraps. Trade in the trash. Just whatever you do, don’t throw it out! Upcycling is a great way of repurposing old materials and making them fresh again.

You can start by trying the tin can lantern craft below. Simply wash an old tin can and remove its label, then spray pant whatever color like. You can create a design by making holes with a hammer and nail. Stick in a tealight, and in no time at all you've got a gorgeous lantern.

For more upcycling inspiration, check out our article Upcycle Your Way Into Spring. 

Over time, upcycling can help to save enormous amounts of material from heading straight to landfill. 

2. Grow a squash

(or a raspberry, radish, or pear!) Growing your own produce means no packaging, and no fuel being used to deliver food from far away. And even better: you don’t need a large space to do it.

Check out the Ten Best Fruits and the Ten Best Vegetables to Grow In a Small Garden. You'll be surprised at how quickly and easily you can begin.

3. Open your own bee hotel

As a species, we owe a lot to bees (if you need convincing, check out the video below).

 

You can do your part in helping the bee population by building a bee hotel in your yard, using our How To Build a Bee Hotel tutorial. The bees will thank you sweetly!

4. Make the most of compost

A compost pile is any gardener's best – if smelliest – friend. Organic waste such as fallen leaves, weeds, grass clippings and prunings are able to decompose naturally. And what you're left with is free and fabulous soil improver. It may not be pretty, but it sure does work.

 

5. Plant a tree (even a tiny one)

Bonsai is an art form that has fascinated for centuries. Try your hand at this timeless craft, and your creation may even outlive you! The video tutorial below gives a good overview to get you started.

 

6. Make it rain

Rainwater, that is. However small, water barrels are an excellent way to catch and store rainwater. This water can then be used on the garden, or even treated and used in the home. If you are feeling really ambitious, underground storage and pump mechanisms can be installed. But conserving any water at all is great news for the planet.

The Earth will always need our help. You can find more projects like this in DK's Craft and Gardening titles, packed full of crafts, ideas and inspiration to improve the planet.

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