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Spring is starting to feel more like summer, so there’s no excuse not to get outdoors and to start embracing nature. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be an all-out tree hugger, you can take part in several green trends this week that are encouraging more people to love on Mother Earth and get some relaxation and exercise all at the same time.
Top Trend 1: Love a Tree Day
Yes, there is such a thing. In fact, that day is May 16 this week – right in the middle of Garden for Wildlife Month. This is your chance to stretch your arms and to become a tree hugger in every sense of the word, so that you literally start embracing nature. Many more individuals this week are releasing their inner tree huggers to not only wrap their arms around a fir but also to do good deeds such as watering trees and even planting more trees for family members or friends. The National Wildlife Federation recognizes this holiday, so now you have an excuse to hug a front-yard tree and spark a funny green conversation right on your block.
Top Trend 2: A Sour Lemon Will Kill Those Weeds
As you mow your lawn and use your weed eating machine, you spot some stubborn weeds in your sidewalk tracks. Rather than grabbing a bottle of pesticide from your garage, join the green trend this week of simply grabbing a lemon from your refrigerator. More people this week are wising up about how to care for the environment and are using natural products such as lemons to take care of the dirty weed killing work. Simply squeeze lemon juice at the base of your unwanted weed for a quick fix in your yard.
Top Trend 3: More Chocolate Chips, Please
In case you didn’t know, May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Day, so you have a reason to splurge on more of those tempting chocolate chip cookies, pancakes or muffins – as long as those chocolate chips are green, meaning they are organic. Organic chocolate has several advantages over traditional pieces in that they are not only more environmentally friendly to generate but also they are healthier, safer and just as tasty. You don’t have to worry about the unhealthy fillers and preservatives, and you don’t have to worry about taking in pesticides as you eat this chocolate produced from cacao beans. In addition, the chips have fewer calories, thus being friendlier to weight watchers. With green chocolate, more people this week are indulging in this “guilty pleasure” with essentially no real reason to feel guilty at all.
Top Trend 4: You Don’t Have to Be Lance Armstrong to Enjoy a Bike Ride
This week, why not challenge yourself to a new way to commute to work on May 18, which is Bike to Work Day. Maybe your commute is a bit farther than you can handle on a bike on a regular basis. Just try commuting this Friday via bike and see where it takes you. It’s better than sitting in idling rush hour traffic for once. Many more people this week are giving it a whirl and likely will see that commuting by bike really isn’t that bad at all – especially when they look at themselves in the mirror a few weeks later. It’s a relaxing way to be both lean and green, as leaving your car at home even just two days a week decreases greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,600 pounds per year.
Top Trend 5: Have a New Green Spring Party This Weekend
If you’re looking to party and have fun this weekend without necessarily spending a bunch of money at the clothing store, try hosting a swap party. This is a growing green trend this week that allows you to swap a shirt you’re tired of wearing with a friend or neighbor who has a new top you’re dying to add to your wardrobe. This is a green activity that allows you to reuse more unwanted clothes and saves you and your friends a drive to town, thus cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions.
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