April is Earth Month – a month dedicated to activating the environmental movement worldwide. Earth month aims to build a network of environmentally conscious citizens to drive transformative change for people and the planet.

    So how on earth can you celebrate it while being stuck indoors? Here’s some ideas from global recycling leader TerraCycle about how to show love to the planet from the comfort of your own home:

    1 Share nature with friends and family

    If you are lucky enough to experience some time in nature, rather than being cooped up in a concrete jungle, why not share it with the world online? New social media movement, #sharenature, is a way of helping those in self-isolation feel more connected to the planet. So, if you’re taking some timeout on a beach, in the bush, or even just in your own garden, take a moment to capture it and share it with your network.

    2 Love your plants

    Celebrate Earth Month by paying special attention to your own garden and plants. For many, plants can bring happiness and comfort and surrounding yourself with some lush greens could really raise your loved one’s spirits. You could even start propagating them using upcycled glass jars and gift them to friends and family when all this is over.

    3 Find more ways to recycle your waste

    Want to make some proactive changes while staying at home? Why not do a waste audit to see if there are any extra items you could be recycling. For example, you know that aluminium cans go in kerbside recycling, but did you know that items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, pens, beauty products, and dish and air care products can actually be recycled for free through TerraCycle. You can also recycle just about anything through their Zero Waste Boxes, which can be purchased online.

    4 Use earth loving products

    If you’ve been cleaning furiously, and buying more cleaning products, then this one’s for you. As well as warding off germs, cleaning has become a form of exercise, meditation, and comfort amid all the chaos going on outside. Harsh cleaning chemicals are no good for the environment, however, so please think about buying ones that are earth-friendly, or even making your own.

    5 Time to upcycle

    There’s never been a better time to start all those home projects you had been putting off. While you’re at it, why not think about ways to upcycle any unused items in storage? There are thousands of ideas out there on ways to upcycle anything from cake tins to clothes hangers. Check out some ideas for DIY home projects at the TerraCycle website.

    TerraCycle is a global waste management company operating in 21 countries worldwide. They run free, national recycling programs for hard-to-recycle waste streams such as toothbrushes, coffee capsules and cigarette butts. For more information or to sign up to any of their programs head to

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