Autumn is my favorite season. Here in Oregon, it’s rainy and cool, but not too cold. The trees look amazing, the air smells crisp and everything is cozy. Here are some nice, eco-minded ways to kick off the 2011 fall season…
Clean up the land: National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is this Saturday, September 24, 2011, and there’s plenty you can do to help. NPLD is an annual national effort to improve and enhance public land. This year, more than 180,000 volunteers are expected at more than 2,000 sites across the country to celebrate public spaces by planting trees, removing trash, building trails and bridges and restoring water resources. NPLD is an excellent opportunity to help the environment as you explore amazing outdoor spaces with your friends and family.
Learn to make bread: With the days getting longer, cooler and dark, nothing is better than a bowl of soup and a slice of delicious homemade organic bread. Homemade bread is SO much easier than you may think too, plus your house will smell wonderful.
Ban excessive stuff: Get ready to ban Black Friday and celebrate Buy Nothing Day instead. I’ll post more later on this, but here’s last year’s primer. Better yet, start planning ahead for a homemade Christmas or other winter holiday event with some amazing homemade gifts.
Get outside for a fall nature walk: It’s getting chilly but everything looks so much better in Autumn. this is absolutely the best time of year to see nature. Bonus, a fall nature walk gives you a great excuse to warm up with some Fair Trade, homemade organic hot chocolate and maybe a sweet fall treat afterward.
Plant a tree: Anytime is a good time for tree planting, but Autumn is a really good time. Plus, this isn’t just fun, it’s a way to help the planet breathe a little clearer. Get some tree planting ideas.
Fun fall crafts just for the kiddos:
- DIY Recycled Luminaries
- Create some AMAZING Autumn Conker Crafts – seriously, you will faint. These are so cute.
- Make a recycled autumn tree collage.
- Place a recycled bag leaf bouquet on the table.