At Ride.tech, we spend a lot of time researching and writing about the environmental impact of cars and other mobility options.
People across the world will be turning their focus toward environmental choices as well. Earth Day is April 22 and marks a day of appreciating our planet and making conscientious choices that help the environment.
If you’re a driving enthusiast and are wondering what you can do to contribute to a healthy planet on Earth Day, you’ve come to the right place. Browse our ideas below and comment some of your own. Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to continue these practices beyond Earth Day.
- Find an alternative commuting option. Earth Day falls on a Monday, which means that many of us will be heading to the office for work. Commit to saving those extra emissions from your vehicle by exploring a different option for your workday. See if your manager is agreeable to you working from home that day. Or, if you’re able, take public transportation, a bike, or a scooter to get to the office. Sharing an Uber or a Lyft is a good option as well.
- Invest in a travel mug. If your drive usually entails a stop at a coffee shop, take a minute to think about the environmental impact of that disposable cup in which your drink is served. Bringing your own travel mug to a coffee shop is a great way to reduce waste. Some restaurants, including Starbucks, will even reward you for bringing your own cup. This is a great example of how planning ahead can help both the planet and your wallet.
- Clean out your car – and recycle what you find. Even the neat-freaks among us need a good car de-cluttering from time to time. So when you do take some time to clean out your vehicle, don’t just toss everything into the trash. Even items that can’t go in the recycling bin can be re-used elsewhere. For example, unused paper napkins from your car can be repurposed in your kitchen.
- Put reusable bags in your car. If you don’t already have a stash of reusable grocery bags in your car, dedicate some time on Earth Day to stocking your trunk with them. The majority of plastic bags end up in landfills, so taking your reusable bag with you when you shop for groceries is definitely a good practice to start.
- Group errands together. With a little planning and organization, it’s easy to find opportunities to complete a variety of errands on the same trip instead of spreading them out. For example, if you need to mail a package at the post office, get an oil change, and pick up dry cleaning, think about how you can do it all in the same trip. This saves you time, money on fuel, and reduces the amount of emissions from your car, since you’ll be reducing the amount of time spent behind the wheel. Win-win-win.
- Drive smart. Believe it or not, there are a lot of little things you can do to help the environment while you drive. Before you get behind the wheel, lessen the amount of cargo in your vehicle (excess weight decreases the fuel economy of your car). While you’re driving, try not to speed or unnecessarily accelerate, as this can both waste fuel and increase emissions. Use cruise control where you can. And of course, consider purchasing an electric or hybrid vehicle for your next car.
With a few simple steps, you can be on the road toward a healthier planet and an Earth Day that you can feel good about.