The first (official) day of spring is less than a week away. Here are four steps to take right now to get the season off to a green start.
1. Start Your Seedssaving seeds.
2. Tune up Your BikeCycling weather may still feel far off in some parts of North America, but it will be here before you know it. On that first sunny day, you won't want to pull your bike out of its winter resting place only to discover a rusty chain and flat tire. Now is the time to get it in shape, so that you're ready to ride (and reduce your carbon footprint) once the warmer weather arrives.
3. Green Your Cleaning SuppliesFor many people spring means spring cleaning. As you're going through your stash of cleaning supplies, now is a great time to opt for greener, less-toxic options. It's not just the health of the planet that's on the line, it's the health of your family. You can even make your own cleaning products. It's super-cheap, and a whole lot easier than you would think. And yes, they really do work, pinky swear. Plus - bonus points - you'll be saving lots of money.
4. Befriend a Pollinator
Whether you're a gardener or not, your food supply depends on pollinators. Last year I tried keeping mason bees, and found that it was surprisingly easy, plus it was really fun and educational for my kids. Bee-keeping might feel like it's out of your league, but you can be a friend to a pollinator anyway. Grow plants that bees and butterflies enjoy (here's a list), steer clear of chemical pesticides and shop organic when possible.
How are you greening your spring?