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Green for one day: 9 tips from EF Green Teams

At EF Education First, we are a group of passionate and motivated change-makers. Across the globe, entrepreneurial EF staff have created EF Green Teams that seek to positively impact local EF schools, offices, communities, and ultimately the planet. We asked them for easy actions that we can all take to make a difference this Earth week, even for just one day. From composting to saving energy, here are their helpful tips:  

Katie, EF Green Team Zurich  

What’s your best tip right now?  

Compost! Especially during work from home, where you’re likely cooking all three meals yourself, you would be shocked how many items you mindlessly throw away which could be composted—everything from the last little piece of an onion to banana peels. Check out the recycling program in your building or neighborhood and see if they have certain pickup days. If not, many third-party companies offer this service.

What could people do for one day? 

Try Meatless Mondays, or take it one step further, and try vegan Vegan Tuesdays, anyone? There are so many innovative recipes and replacement meat products out there; it’s much easier to eat vegetarian or vegan now than it was years ago. Start with one day per week and take it from there!  

 

Mary, EF Green Team Denver

What’s your best tip right now?  

Set aside time to research, investigate and support local resources within your community. For example, I recently learned that municipalities throughout the Denver area support a webinar series to educate locals about water use in this arid climate. I’ve attended two now — perennials and creating a veggie garden  and have learned so much about sustainable practices!  

What could people do for one day?  

Challenge yourself to do anything for one day and notice how it makes you more mindful. For one day, go zero waste. For one day eat vegetarian. For one day, take a quick five-minute shower to save water.  

When you experience how realistic and attainable these small behaviors are, you’re more likely to commit to them more often. Just find whatever suits you!  

 

Amit, EF Green Team Panama  

What’s your best tip right now?  

Two very easy ones! Keep the windows open for airflow instead of using air conditioning and make good use of natural light instead of keeping lights on to save energy.  

What could people do for one day?  

Ditch singleuse plastics when you go for groceries for a day and observe the amount of plastic we use without needing to. And that is one person for one day imagine if we all did that.   

 

Natalia, EF Green Team Zurich  

 What’s your best tip right now?  

It’s very easy to get drawn in with free shipping and super sales for new clothes or home furnishings, but trust me, second-hand items are generally better quality. They already survived one owner and are not only better for the planet but also your wallet!  

 What could people do for one day? 

Think twice before you buy clothing or home furnishings — and then find it second-hand on online marketplaces instead 

 

Maria, EF Green Team Zurich  

What’s your best tip right now?  

Get informed! Watch documentaries, read online, learn how to compost, learn how to be more sustainable in the kitchen, and more. Information is the key to everything  this will allow you to learn and grow in so many different ways, and it will help you decide on your sustainable compromises and challenges.  

 What could people do for one day?  

Write to your supermarkets, establishments or governments that there must be a change in the way we consumein the construction of buildings and cities or even how we receive products full of plastics and toxic substances — make yourself heard!  

 

Thamara, EF Green Team Zurich  

What’s your best tip right now?  

Most of my personal care products are now plastic-free. For example, I am using solid shampoo and conditioner bars and cleansers, solid toothpaste. With these swaps, I not only reduce plastic consumption, but I am also saving money while still getting highquality natural products.  

 What could people do for one day? 

Every little action counts, and knowledge makes our choices more impactful. Be curious and find out where the products you are buying come from, how are they produced, and what’s a greener or fairer alternative 

 

Jake, EF Green Team London 

What’s your best tip right now?  

If you have a garden, start a compost bin! It is easyand you will be surprised how quickly your food waste is converted into soil. You can get technical or simply just put your food scraps and garden waste in a bin to get started. I’ve found the key is equal parts “green” (think food scraps) and “brown” (think soiled paper, cardboard, or leaves).  

 What could people do for one day?  

If you have a bike, using that to replace journeys by car is a fun, convenient, and eco-friendly way to get aroundThe more demand for cycling, the more our cities will need to plan and build infrastructure around it. It doesn’t matter if your journey is one or 100 miles; it all helps!  

 

Millie, EF Green Team Denver 

What’s your best tip right now?  

It’s important to do what you’re good at. For me, I’m good at teaching others, I’m passionate about climate justice and food security, and plants and gardening bring me joy. So, I’m teaching my friends and colleagues about composting and regenerative gardening at home and also supporting frontline farmers in my community 

 What could people do for one day?  

Draw your own climate action diagram. Everyone’s actions are going to be different based on their passions and strengths. And that’s important because we need lots of different climate solutions working together to make a real impact 

 

Stina, EF Green Team Lucern

What’s your best tip right now?  

Reduce food waste by storing food in new ways. And start composting if you can. If you have an outdoor area, explore the possibility of setting up your own vegetable garden.

What could people do for one day? 

Shop local and buy vegetables at a local market for the week.
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