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Spring Into New Practices

HAPPY EARTH MONTH!!! I wanted to share some practices I incorporate into my everyday life to celebrate, protect, and support the Earth. This Earth Month, I challenge all of you to be intentional in your actions, try something new, and maybe develop a new practice to continue through out the year.



Use a Refillable Water Bottle

A simple switch that makes a HUGE impact! A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute - which breaks down to 20,000 plastic bottles a second.” Here are some of my favorite refillable water bottles. swell, hydro, Stojo

Go Plogging

Plogging entails jogging and quickly stopping to pick up trash while you go”. If you’re ever on a walk and a plastic bag blows past you, that’s your sign to grab it and fill it with trash.


Calculate Your Personal Plastic Consumption

“We have all contributed to this problem – mostly unknowingly – and we must work to reduce and ultimately to End Plastic Pollution.”



Start Composting

” It's ... free, easy to make, and good for the environment”




Save the Bees, Plant Local Flora

Pollinator-Friendly Native Plant Lists




Listen to a Podcast

Here Are 10 of the Best Climate Change Podcasts Out Right Now




Consume Less Meat, Embrace Meatless Mondays

25 Black Vegan Instagrammers you need to follow ASAP







Read a Book

Bill Gates: How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need

Dina Gilio-Whitaker: As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock

Greta Thunberg: No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference


Be a conscious consumer

I actively seek out brands that support my values: Women made, sustainably sourced, made of recycled materials.

Examples of companies I support:


Genusee: Sustainable eyewear made in Flint

CauseBox: Seasonally curated boxes focused on ethical and sustainable

Everlane: Exceptional quality. Ethical factories. Radical Transparency

Daily Harvest: Thoughtfully sourced food utilizing sustainable packaging

Pela: World’s first 100% compostable phone case

Flex: Menstrual cups

Cadence: The first magnetic & refillable container, made from recycled ocean-bound plastic

Grove Collaborative: Healthier Home Essentials

Parade Underwear: Soft, breathable, and recycled fabrics that are good for your body and the environment

Native: Effective, clean, and cruelty-free

Buffy: Earth-friendly fabrics and manufacturing methods to create more sustainable products, from first sketch to last stitch and beyond.

Share what YOU are doing with fellow Alumni in the comments below and our social media #EarthMonth #ILACEarthMonth



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