Easy Ways to Celebrate Earth Day!

Sherene Chou | April 6, 2023

The celebration of Earth Day began in 1970 when over 20 million people around the globe mobilized to bring more attention to how we, as a people, treat our planet. Today, it is observed in over 190 countries around the world.

While many climate issues can seem out of our control, there are things we can do on a personal level to improve our collective impact on the planet. Earth-healthy habits begin at home and the kitchen is a great place to start.

Easy Ways to Celebrate in the Kitchen

Over a quarter of the global gas emissions come from food. Nearly 60 percent of those emissions come from animal products, with half coming from red meat and the other half from other animal products. So, does this mean we all have to become vegetarians? No, but rethinking your approach to protein is a great place to start. Moving towards a plant-friendly diet can help fight climate change and improve your health.

A few simple swaps can go a long way. Swapping out four ounces of beef for four ounces of beans, for example, will save nearly 350 gallons of water.

Here are some more simple tips from The Culinary Institute of America and the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health to help get you started.

  • Make vegetables the star.  Celebrate your favorite vegetables by putting them front and center. Vegetables don’t have to be boring. Dress them up with the Perfect Pesto or Plant-Based Mole.
  • Use meat as a topping. Cutting down – not eliminating – your meat portions will help to reduce the impact on the environment. Try using half as much meat as you normally do, and fill the empty space on your plate with loads of delicious veggies, beans, and other plant foods.
  • Build blended burgers or meatballs. Try bulking up your burgers with mushrooms, legumes, or whole grains. Not only will this cut back on the amount of meat, it will also add fiber, plant-based nutrients, and a unique flavor to the mix.

Not only are these tips good for you, but they’re also good for the planet! You’re onto eating your way to a healthier world. Want some more quick tips on how to improve sustainability in and out of the kitchen? Check out this list of 25 Easy Ways to Sustainable Living below!

25 Easy Ways to Sustainable Living

In the Kitchen

  1. Cook at home.
  2. Swap beans for beef
  3. Swap plant milk for dairy
  4. Make hummus.
  5. Reuse jars or containers.
  6. Clean the fridge.
  7. Add veggies.
  8. Use reusable cups.
  9. Eat the stems.
  10. Save a fruit.
  11. Save a veggie.
  12. Have meat as a topping.
  13. Eat leftovers.
  14. Enjoy plant-based meals.
  15. Swap pesto for alfredo
  16. Swap oil for butter

Around the House

  1. Unplug appliances when not in use.
  2. Upcycle/repurpose items.
  3. Use cloth napkins/towels.
  4. Use non-toxic cleaning products.

Just for You

  1. Shop your closet.
  2. Take action.
  3. Choose walking instead of driving whenever you can.
  4. Use a reusable bag.
  5. Calculate your foodprint.

Got a favorite hack? Share your sustainable tips with us on social @nutribullet, we’d love to see what you’re doing!


Sherene Chou

Sherene Chou

Sherene is a culinary-trained Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for nutribullet focused on making delicious plant-based eats sustainable and accessible for all. She believes that food cultures and traditions should be celebrated and incorporated as part of living a happy and healthy life. When she’s not learning about a new ingredient or food at her local farmers market, you can find Sherene teaching food justice and culinary nutrition to health professionals nationwide.

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