We know…It’s a cliché, but we strive to make every day Earth Day. Organic is to Earth Day like, well, like holly boughs are to Christmas. Thinking about the impacts to our planet and our loved ones is what prompted us to farm organically from day one, back on our original 2½-acre raspberry patch in Carmel Valley, California. Today, Earthbound Farm is growing our organic produce on thousands of acres that have been converted to organic farming. And you’ll find our organic salad greens, salad kits, veggies, and more can be found in grocery stores around the country.
In addition to choosing organic and supporting organic farmers, eliminating single use items, which reduces garbage and waste, is an important way to be live lighter on the planet. And who doesn’t want a bright and stylish reusable bag? We’re here to help.
Americans use more than 100 billion plastic bags every year. If only one-quarter of the families in the U.S. cut out the plastic and took reusable bags for one shopping trip each month – our use of plastic bags would go down by 2.5 billion a year.
Just take our QUIZ before 5pm Pacific time on Tuesday, April 28th and find out How Green is Your Shopping Trip? and you can enter into the drawing to win one of 5000 (yes, 5000!) fun and bright reusable shopping bags.
Are you Baby Romaine Green? Arugula Green? Spring Mix Green? Or Baby Spinach Green? No matter where you land, you still get a chance to win.
Earth Day at 50
Although the big celebrations will have to happen some other time, this year marks the 50th Anniversary of the first Earth Day. In 1970 (that’s just 14 years before Earthbound Farm got started), Denis Hayes was a graduate student at Harvard who worked with US Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin to launch Earth Day (April 21, 1970) as a sort of national teach-in about the urgency of protecting the planet.
Turnout was staggering for a first year event. About 20 million people across the United States – 10% of the entire population at the time – participated in demonstrations, marches, and clean ups. And that widespread sense of urgency from we the people sparked the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act, as well as the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.
That sense of urgency about the need to protect the health of the planet and its people also inspired the founders of many heritage organic food companies – including our founders. Determined to produce healthy food in a way that protects the Earth’s precious natural resources, our founders (and others) blazed a whole new trail that eventually became a movement and then a consumer-led revolution because people like you also care about providing healthy food for your families, produced in ways that keep our ecosystems healthy.
Here’s a great downloadable Kid’s Activity Book to help kids learn about the importance of organic while having fun with Lilly the Ladybug.
How will you commemorate Earth Day this year? Drop us a few words in comments.