Earth Day 2020

Featured image is by @geraluz for the Earth Day Network. 

Happy Earth Day!

At the The Lunary, we get stoked on sustainable innovation in our industry, so of course Earth Day is important to us. Since we all share this home, we hope this day is important to you too. If it is, keep reading for more information and ways to participate in the movement below.

The first Earth Day was in 1970 and is credited with launching the modern environmental movement. It led to the passage of landmark environmental laws and is considered the planet’s largest civic event with over 190 countries involved and 1 billion people mobilized for action every year!

This year’s Earth Day theme is Climate Crisis – the biggest threat to our planet and all who inhabit it currently.

Earth Day, which typically involves meetups, activities, and lectures, is going digital this year since many of us are following social distancing and stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders due to the pandemic. The Earth Day Network is asking us to flood the digital landscape with actions and discussions in an effort to bring the climate crisis to the forefront of the conversation.

Here are 3 ways you can participate in Earth Day this year at home:

  1. Join the conversation online, using #EarthDay2020 on twitter and Instagram to draw attention to the movement. 
  2. Watch Earth Day digital programming live online. They have some crazy cool speakers like Ziggy Marley, Bill Nye, Al Gore, Jack Johnson, Elizabeth Warren, and more. 
  3. Take action. For the next 24 hours Earth Day Network will issue a call to action every hour. 

Every year, Earth Day coincides with Fashion Revolution Week (April 20th-26th), a week long campaign calling for systemic change in the fashion industry. It’s held annually on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse which killed 1,138 people in 2013. Learn about the tragedy that spurred the movement, current issues in the industry, and how to take part in Fashion Revolution Week by reading this guide.

The campaign which normally uses the slogan #WhoMadeMyClothes is calling on people to ask brands #WhatsInMyClothes for a relevant, Earth Day themed twist.

We often discuss the materials used in the clothing we carry, and have stopped ordering clothes made from new plastic based materials like polyester, nylon, and acrylic to prevent micro plastic pollution in our water ways. If you have plastic fibers in your clothing, whether it’s a vintage polyester dress from the 80s, an acrylic sweater you bought before learning about the environmental impact of clothing and plastic fibers, or leggings made from recycled plastic water bottles, use a Guppyfriend Washing Bag to catch shedding in the laundry. Otherwise, try to buy clothing made from natural materials like organic or recycled cotton – those are our favorite ones.