100 Things You Can Do For Earth Day
Matt Rainey

EARTH DAY: 100 Things You Can Do For The Planet Right Now

America has come a long way since the first Earth Day in 1970—many rivers and lakes are no longer flammable and skies seem clearer. But big problems continue to threaten the health of people and the planet. 

This Earth Day, more than 1 billion people will take action for the environment in 195 countries around the world. Some will be marching for science. Others will be planting trees, or cleaning up their local communities. 

What matters even more than how you spend this Earth Day is what you do every other day of the year. Will you help pull carbon out of the atmosphere with an organic garden? Will you make a dent in our dependence on fossil fuels by using less plastic? Maybe you’ll experiment with more veggie-centric recipes, or buy a pair of recycled kicks next time you need new shoes. (Maybe you’ll even finally start composting.)

Any step, large or small, that helps keep planet Earth a green and hospitable place for us all is a step in the right direction. In the spirit of Earth Day, we’ve pulled together 100 eco-friendly lifestyle tips, inspiring articles, green shopping guides, home- and garden-greening projects, and plant-based recipes to get you going. 

Happy Earth Day. —The Editors of Rodale’s Organic Life 

5 Ways To Get Solar Power Without Putting Panels On Your Roof
You don’t need a roof lined with panels to reap the benefits of solar power.
5 Ways To Compost Without A Backyard
Keep kitchen scraps out of the landfill no matter where you live.

Make Your Garden Work For The Planet

Conventional Farming Ruined The Soil On Our Farm—Here's How We Saved It
Carbon farming helped this novice farmer revive soil affected by years of chemicals and tillage. It may just help save the planet, too.
How To Choose The Best Compost Bin For You
Ready to buy a home composting system? Read this first.

Green Your Grocery List

7 Things You Need To Know To (Finally!) Start Composting
It’s so much simpler than you think. We promise.
5 Things You’re Doing Every Day That Are Hurting Honeybees
You can support precious pollinators with these easy actions.

Clean Without Harmful Chemicals

How Seasonal Is Your Diet?
If you're like most people, your seasonal diet has room for improvement. Here's how to get started.
70 Easy Ways To Go A Little More Green
Here are a lot of tips to add a little eco-love to your everyday routine.
When Did We Start Using So Many Pesticides?
Natural Prophets outlines how organic pioneers pushed against the chemical farming boom in America.
How Organic Farming Could Save The World From Global Warming
The keys to fighting climate change are right under our feet.

8 Ways To Save The World's Waters

6 Disgusting Facts About Farmed Shrimp That You Need To Know
The imported shellfish may contain banned antibiotics, salmonella, and even rat hair.
What's The Better Disinfectant: Bleach Or Vinegar?
One is hard on your lungs and bad for the planet. The other is gentle and naturally derived. But who wins the clean test?

Easy Ways To Make Your Home More Eco Friendly

12 Fish You Should Never Eat—And What To Eat Instead
This dirty dozen list is made up of the least sustainable, or even toxic, species.
How To Wash Your Car Without Nasty Chemicals Or Wasting Water
5 tips to wash your car without harming the planet.

Make Your Lawn Planet Friendly

Take These 6 Steps To Create A Vibrant And Lush Organic Lawn
A simple plan to for creating the best-looking, healthiest lawn you've ever had, with little negative environmental impact.
8 Green Ways To Create A Grass Free Garden
Say goodbye to weekly mowing duties with these grass alternatives.
10 Groundbreaking Essays To Inspire You On Earth Day
Countless voices have spoken about the beauty, power, majesty of planet earth—and the danger of not respecting it.
New Study Finds Farms Could Use Fewer Pesticides And Still Grow Just As Much Food
A majority of farms could be just as productive—if not more—and profitable by cutting pesticide use.
11 Healthiest Foods For You And The Planet
Tread more lightly on the planet, and rack up a few nutritional bonus points while you're at it.
I Tried To Eat Organic For A Month Without Spending Extra On Food—Here’s How It Went
Is it possible to go organic for a month without spending any more than you usually do? One writer found out.