How do you teach your family to care for our Earth? #HormelFamily #EarthDay

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Heads up!  Earth Day is on Monday! Did you know that this will be the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day?  How cool is that!

Earth Day is a great time to share tips on how you and your family take care of our earth.  It is also a great time to learn what we more we can do to be good stewards of this earth we live on because, I don’t know about you, but I want my kids and grandkids to have a beautiful world to grow up in.

Earth Day

Individuals aren’t the only ones who can conserve and reduce pollution to our earth.  Brands and companies can adopt eco-friendly practices to reduce energy consumption and waste.  Because I’m a Hormel Extended Family Blogger I occasionally get a peek inside the Hormel brand.  Did you know that n 2011 they reduced their solid waste to landfills by 29 percent! They also completed 33 packaging reduction projects to reduce materials used by 4.2 million pounds!  That is pretty significant!

Though big changes are great, small changes make a big difference too!

Here are a few simple ways you and I can help Mother Earth this year:

  • Next time you want to enjoy a picnic, pack-up an eco-friendly basket (or even a reusable grocery bag) with dishes from home instead of paper plates and plastic utensils.
  • When grocery shopping, opt for products eco-friendly and sustainable packaging. One example is Hormel® Natural Choice® deli meats. Hormel® Natural Choice® deli meats comes in packaging made of 100 percent recycled material – making them the only national brand that features 100 percent recycled packaging. 
  • Pack lunches in reusable containers instead of plastic zip-lock bags that can only be used once.  This is something our family is currently working on.
  • Opt to receive bills and notices through email instead of by mail. Most banks and organizations offer a “paper-less” option, which will not only help cut down on wasted paper, but shorten your stack of mail that comes in every day.
  • Plant a garden.  There is no veggie more sustainable than one that comes from you own garden.
  • If you have babies in diapers look into cloth diapering.  It isn’t any ickier than using disposable and will save approximately 2 tons of diaper and diaper waste (per child) from landfills!
  • Recycle!  Where we live it isn’t convenient to recycle.  There is no recycle pickup.  Instead, I found out that our military base has a recycling drop off so a couple times a month we drop off our recyclables there.
  • Offer your support through a contribution to the Earth Day Network! Or check out the many opportunities to volunteer in your community.

What would you add to this list?  What is your favorite “eco-friendly” activity?


About Amy @ Oh So Savvy Mom

Amy is mom to three, wife to one, and a sister and aunt to many. Her family is a former military family now settled in Lehi, Utah. Oh So Savvy Mom began as a way for Amy to share parenting and product advice with others. Just as she has evolved, Oh So Savvy Mom has evolved into a resource for Healthy Living for Families, Food, Parenting, and Family Travel.


  1. These are great tips, thanks for sharing. I've been meaning to purchase the reusable bags for the grocery store trips.
  2. These are great tips! I also had no idea that Hormel used recycled packaging. That's awesome!! We have been moving from bottled beverages to using reusable bottles and cups instead. It feels great to conserve our precious resources!
  3. These are such great tips. We recently started cloth diapering and I'm big into reusable containers.
  4. I think the best way to teach your kids to care for the Earth is through example. They live and do what you do! When we moved into an apartment that didn't offer recycling my daughter was SO confused about why we didn't have 2 cans anymore and why it all went into the same one. Recycling, using reusable bags, reusable lunch containers... are all just part of life for us!