Earth Day is coming up fast. Last week we shared 25 ideas for what to do in Vancouver to celebrate. Today, we’re following up with 25 more ideas to help you go green.
What to do in Vancouver: Go Green for Earth Day
26. Switch to cloth diapers.
If switching completely feels like too much at once, start with a few and grow from there.
27. Use a natural, 100% biodegradable castille soap for cleaning.
28. Read The Non-Toxic Avenger and learn how to reduce your exposure to toxins in your own home.
29. Make a terrarium.
30. Watch a screening of an environmental film at the West Vancouver Community Centre.
Gleneagles Community Centre, 6262 Marine Drive, West Vancouver.
Friday, April 20th, 7:00 – 9:00pm. The film title will be announced soon, so check their website for more details.
31. Clean your windows with a water and vinegar mix in a spray bottle.
32. Go shopping with a reusable shopping bag.
33. Visit Urban Source.
3126 Main Street, Vancouver.
Give a loving home to recycled and unwanted art materials. Urban Source helps divert safe, usable off-cuts, misprints and overstock to craft cupboards instead of the landfill. Kids love searching through the giant bins for wonderful treasures!
34. Go shopping at a thrift, consignment or second-hand store.
35. Sign the Earth Day Parade petition.
This petition is asking the Government of Canada to prevent crude oil tankers and pipelines from endangering the BC coastline.
36. Switch from scented dish soap to an unscented or naturally scented one and reduce your phthalate exposure.
37. Soak some dried beans instead of opening a can.
You’ll save money, reduce waste and lower your BPA exposure.
38. Walk along the beach at Spanish Banks.
39. Carpool with a friend.
40. Learn how to identify some local wild edibles.
Dandelions, nettles, blackberries and huckleberries are a good place to get started with local foraging. Want to learn more? The Urban Herb School offers educational green walks across the city.
41. Participate in the 2012 Earth Run.
Jericho Beach, Vancouver. Sunday, June 3, 2012.
Run or walk in the non-competitive 5K or race 10K to raise money for better understanding and management of our marine resources. Races start at 9:00 and 9:30am. It’s what to do in Vancouver to get fit and help out at the same time.
42. Mow your lawn with a push mower, or better yet, dig it up and plant potatoes!
43. Take part in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.
Register this spring to clean up one of Greater Vancouver’s shorelines in September. Registration opens May 1.
44. Enjoy a day at the Vancouver Aquarium.
845 Avison Way, in Stanley Park.
Learn about our local marine ecosystems, sustainable fishing, marine mammal rescue and the fragile beauty of the Arctic. This is a great option if you’re wondering what to do in Vancouver on a rainy April day.
45. Mend a piece of clothing.
46. Buy a locally-made product.
47. Have fun at the West Vancouver Earth Day Celebrations.
Gleneagles Community Centre, 2626 Marine Drive, West Vancouver.
Sunday, April 22, 2012. 12:00 – 5:00 pm.
Have fun celebrating Earth Day, with activities and entertainment provided by West Vancouver Gleneagles Community Centre.
48. Ditch disposable paper towels and use rags or tea towels to clean up kitchen spills.
49. Try out reusable menstrual products like Lunapads, the DivaCup or sea sponges.
50. Check out the Earth Fest Family Nature Festival.
Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavillion.
Sunday, April 22, 2012. 1:00 – 3:00pm.
The Wildlife Rescue Association’s annual family festival will be held at Burnaby Lake again this year, with educational and fun activities for families. Sessions include building birdhouses, learning about bees, canoe rides, nature trails and more.
Do you have any tips on what to do in Vancouver to celebrate Earth Day? Leave us a reply and let us know!