Happy Earth Day from Badger!

Badger Earth Day
Here at Badger, we are a mission-based business and we strive to make a difference in the world. We know that change does not happen overnight. It comes one step at a time. On Earth Day, we Badgers like to choose one activity that we know will make a difference in our local environment; it’s one small step we can all take toward making a better world. This week, you’ll see Badgers cleaning up a section of Rt. 10 in Gilsum, NH as well as helping out several local non-profits.

If you’re wondering how you too can get involved, then read on to discover some simple steps you can take to make a difference on this 45th anniversary of Earth Day!

Pick up trash in your neighborhood

Litter seems to have that nasty habit of showing up where it is least desired. Not only is it an eyesore, litter can also be detrimental to the lives of many marine creatures. About 18% of all littered items end up in streams and waterways as pollution. Fortunately, we all can easily do something about this. Picking up trash near where we live and work is an excellent chance to give back to our communities, spend some time outdoors, and it doesn’t have to take too much time! For example, you could spend your next 15-minute work break picking up trash in your area. Or, you could challenge yourself to pick up 5 pieces of trash every time you go outside. Want to make an event of it? Keep America Beautiful has a long list of how you, your family, and even your business can work together to eliminate litter. Every little bit helps!

Create an organic herb garden

Most herbs need only a little bit of sunlight and a little bit of water. Find a sunny patch in your garden or, if you are without green space, a windowsill in your home will work just fine. Water a little each day and watch as your herbs become a vibrant addition to your garden as well as a staple in your diet. Check here for suggestions on Easy-to-Grow Herbs for outside gardening as well as The 10 Best Indoor Herbs.

We love growing herbs, flowers, and veggies in our Badger garden to not only enhance our wonderful organic lunches, but also because having a garden helps to save important pollinators, like honeybees. Bees pollinate up to 80% of our flowering crops, which accounts for about one-third of everything we eat. By planting just one organic herb, flower, or vegetable, we are creating more food for the bees and thus a thriving and healthier environment for everyone, including us humans. So pick out your all-time favorite herb, plant it in your garden, and once full grown, bon appetite!

Badger Earth Day Garden

Eat less meat

No, we are not advising that you stop eating meat entirely (I LOVE eating chicken wings). Instead, we are encouraging more mindful eating of meat, particularly noticing where it comes from – go local! With the extreme drought in California, we are learning that it takes almost 1,700 gallons of water to produce just one pound of beef. Instead of being bummed about eating less hamburgers, we at Badger see this as a great opportunity to learn new ways of eating delicious food! You’ll only occasionally find meat served at our lunches, but we are happily fed delicious meals every day. Try it out slow by going one day a week without meat, such as a Meatless Monday. Here are a few delicious suggestions to get you started. Not only is being mindful of the meat we consume healthy for our bodies, it is also helpful for our environment. Who knew that we could make such a big difference with just the food we choose to put on our plates?

Purchase a tree in honor of a loved one

arbor day foundation earth day

This is a great option for those who have little to no extra time but still want to make a difference and celebrate Earth Day. As Climate Change becomes more evident across the globe, forests are seeing more and more abnormally large fires. These devastated forests can lead to soil erosion and thus the elimination of entire ecosystems. The Arbor Day Foundation has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service (along with many others) to help this issue by replanting our National Forests. You can be a part of this effort by simply choosing someone you would like to celebrate. Every dollar donated plants a tree in one of our nation’s forests!

I am reminded time and time again of simple habits (such as the ones above) that we can easily adapt and add up to make a huge impact on this Earth!

Happy Earth Day!

What simple changes will you make this Earth Day? How will you give back to your community and make sure that our Earth is a healthier place? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below!

Caity Stuart

Caity Stuart has been Badger’s Educator for over 2 years. She came to Badger after earning a Master's degree in Environmental Education and having worked for the National Park Service for 5 years. As the Badger Educator, Caity gets to share the glories of all things Badger with stores, customers, and local communities across the country. When not at Badger, Caity loves practicing hand-lettering, skiing, and exploring the numerous trails throughout New Hampshire.

Caity's favorite Badger products: Badger Balm for Hardworking Hands, Sweet Orange Massage Oil, and Tea Tree and Lemon Balm Cocoa Butter Lip Balm.

22 comments on “Happy Earth Day from Badger!

  • Andrea Farrington says:

    I am planning a new herb garden for this summer! Excited to see what happens. I am hoping to make tea and use them for cooking.

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  • I would love to create a play garden for my sons and and herb garden for me! I think it would be great to have kids have a space to grow their own flowers, vegetables and herbs. I would also like to do this for my students when I return to teaching! Hands-on, earth-friendly activities are so important to encourage love for the earth and appreciation for our community!

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  • To celebrate earth day we made bird feeders and picked up some seeds for a garden. I’m vegetarian but I’m going to get my whole family to eat more meatless meals

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  • Stacy Giacosa-Bauer says:

    I live near the Beach and my family and I do Coastal Clean-Up on the Beach once a month with hundreds of people! It’s so sad at all the littering in the ocean and on the Beach! We also recycle, reuse, conserve water, plant our own vegetables and fruit and conserve energy by turning up the thermostat and using our ceiling fans.

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  • Sarah Sutcliff says:

    I DO have an organic herb garden. When garage floor of belgian block pavers was replaced with cement, saved pavers, used them to make raised herb beds in which I grown organic herbs. #2 new project for this summer is take up grass in “hell strip” and plant with hardy native perennials that are good at soaking up rainwater. #3 very soon rainbarrels for garage and house downspouts.

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  • kim sherman says:

    I started off this earth day by picking up all the trash in my local park. Then took the recyclables to the town recycling center. I will finish off the day by adding some compost to my new garden. And then a nice long soak in the tub.Then watering the garden with the grey water from my bath. I try to live everyday like it’s Earth day.

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  • Aimee Imai says:

    I would like to dive in the ocean and collect trash from the ocean floor and reefs. The hawaiian islands are surrounded by water and a whole universe of sea creatures that suffer from the trash we leave behind. Plastic is an especially big problem and often turtles and whales get entangled in nets, fishing line and other things. It’s very sad. We must do our part to keep the ocean and clean and safe place for future generations and also the social animals that live there. As part of earth day, I plan to use my abilities as a diver to do my part. Thanks for the opportunity to win this wonderful set of Badger products. I love your products so much!! I tell everyone about the ones I love and use.

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  • My school goes out into the community and picks up garbage. I teach at a school with middle and high school students.

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  • Randi Katzman says:

    I save 8,000-10,000 gallons of water each year by leaving a large stainless steel bowl in my kitchen sink to capture the water. I use it to water plants, lawn and flush toilets. I always compost. I only clean with baking soda, vinegar and rubbing alcohol.Never use plastic bags for garbage. Committed to Recycling and for products that are not taken by county recyclers, I joined terracyle.com for items such as beauty supplies, energy bar wrappers,writing instruments, etc. I buy from organic local markets, buy organic bulk spices, grains, etc ( no packaging to recycle) Leave heating system on low temps, so it goes on minimally, same concept with A/C
    Eat vegetarian 6 days a week, never eat cute animals.
    Make my shopping bags out of old T-shirts too. And just for the record, My favorite Badger product is what I wear daily… your organic Zinc Oxide Sport Sunscreen. It’s great on those Vermont Slopes 🙂

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  • Mary Dailey says:

    I can’t stand litter and people continue to throw trash out their car windows, so I make an effort to keep my block cleaned up. We recycle too.

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  • I walk around my son’s high school and pick up the trash all summer daily. I picked up a few large totes full of glass and cans dumped in an abandoned cemetery from the 1700-1800s. Hard to believe someone would dump there.

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