Earth Day: Zero Waste Challenge

On Monday, April 22nd we will recognize Earth Day. Since 1970, 193 countries have recognized April 22 as a day to demonstrate support for environmental protection. 

At Go Get It LIFE, we have set a challenge for Monday, April 22nd to make it a ZERO waste day. This is going to be the first zero waste challenge for me to experience, and it may be yours as well. I’m personally giving myself a little “newbie grace” knowing that a little waste may be produced, but I’m going to do my best.

Our hope, is that with careful planning and maximum effort, we can spark a big ripple effect of change in all of our lives.

To help you prepare for zero waste Earth Day, we have a list of ways you can try to reduce waste.  These tips are good for Monday, and every day of your life moving forward.

We’d love to share in your experience.  Please tag @gogetitLIFE // #gogetitLIFE as you experience the zero waste Earth Day challenge.



  1. Ask for no straw in your drink order when out.
  2. Don’t leave your house without a full reusable water bottle.
  3. Ditch tissues for handkerchiefs.
  4. Pick up a lonely banana.
  5. Always say no thank you to free promotional items. They tend to be cheap and break easily.
  6. Get a library card to support your local sharing economy.
  7. Donate unused items in good condition to support the second-hand market.
  8. Think second-hand first when purchasing something.
  9. Swap your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo toothbrush.
  10. Turn old sheets and towels into handkerchiefs, rags, napkins, and cloth produce bags.
  11. Wash clothes when they are actually dirty, instead of after only one wear.
  12. Open a window to cool down your home or air it out.
  13. Try to avoid palm oil.
  14. Buy food without packaging or minimal packaging.
  15. Instead of buying something when you’re having a bad day, do something. I.e. go on a walk, take a yoga class, meet up with a friend.
  16. Repurpose stale bread.
  17. Make dry shampoo to stretch between washes.
  18. Commit to bringing your reusable bags to the store. If you don’t have them, turn around and go get them! After forgetting them once, you won’t do it again.
  19. Try canning to preserve food.
  20. Use bar soap instead of liquid soap, it tends to come with less packaging.
  21. Change light bulbs to LEDs.
  22. Bring reusable produce bags for fruits and veggies.
  23. Put on a sweater and socks before turning up the heat.
  24. Turn the water off while brushing your teeth.
  25. Don’t buy anything impulsively!
  26. Try making your own lotion.
  27. Check out your farmers market.
  28. Get some houseplants at a local nursery to purify your air, don’t forget to return the little plastic pots!
  29. Meal plan to avoid food waste.
  30. Unplug electronics when not in use.
  31. Buy more locally made goods.
  32. Repair something when it breaks.
  33. If you’re looking for a specialty item, like camping gear or an extra table for a party, ask a friend if you can borrow one before making a purchase.
  34. Plant a small garden.
  35. Swap little plastic chapstick tubes for DIY lip balm.
  36. Surround yourself with tools and items that are meant to last a lifetime. Try to only buy objects once.
  37. Try your hand at an easy all-purpose cleaning spray.
  38. Find your local cobbler to repair tired shoes.
  39. Know where everything you buy comes from whether it be food, clothing, or other household goods
  40. Pack your lunch instead of eating out every day.
  41. Reduce your meat consumption. If you’re not ready to go vegetarian start small: try Meatless Monday, weekday vegetarian, or even weekday vegan.
  42. Line dry a load instead of using the dryer.
  43. Ask for a real mug at the coffee shop when staying in.
  44. Always run a full dishwasher or load of clothes.
  45. Most sunscreen causes coral bleaching, go coral friendly!
  46. Bring your own container for to-go food and leftovers.
  47. Ditch paper towels and use tea towels and rags.
  48. If it’s a 30 minute or less walk, get outside instead of driving.
  49. Bring your own to-go cup when getting coffee on the run.
  50. Learn how to repair a button or hem to extend the life of your clothing.
  51. Look into rechargeable batteries instead of disposables.
  52. Serve dinner with cloth napkins.
  53. Eat more vegetables and legumes.
  54. Keep a bucket in the shower to water plants or flush the toilet.
  55. Wrap presents in newsprint or not at all!
  56. Focus on experiences rather than things.
  57. Switch from a plastic disposable razor to a metal safety razor.
  58. Wash your clothes in cold water when you can.
  59. Try Wheatless Wednesdays to cut back on intensive grain farming.
  60. Avoid junk mail by placing a sticker on your box or going to
  61. Keep a stocked pantry to avoid getting takeout on busy nights.
  62. Learn where to properly dispose of items like gift cards, old cell phones, batteries and unusable cords can be turned in at best buy etc.
  63. Find your local tailor to help with clothing repairs.
  64. Ask yourself if you truly need it before making any purchases.
  65. Go paperless for all your bills!
  66. Swap don’t shop! Host a clothing swap with friends.
  67. Pick up litter when you’re out and dispose of it properly.
  68. Use both sides of the paper!
  69. Avoid receipts when out, ask if one has to be printed. Sometimes they do, but not always!
  70. Take public transit if available or carpool.
  71. Swap tea bags for loose leaf tea in a reusable strainer.

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