Celebrating Earth Day in New Jersey
Earth Day is traditionally celebrated on April 22nd. New Jersey has lots of different events happening on that week that demonstrate support for environmental protection. Keep reading as we share with you New Jersey Earth Day events, ways to make your home more ecofriendly, as well as easy ways to celebrate Earth Day at home.
A special bonus for Jersey Family Fun readers….. Since May marks the end of plastic bags from retailers in New Jersey we have a special offer to help you save 15% on reusable bags. Keep reading for that deal.
New Jersey Earth Day Events
We’re starting our guide to ways to celebrate Earth Day in New Jersey with a listing of family-friendly Earth Day events in New Jersey. While Earth Day is April 22, these events take place before, during, and after April 22. Be sure to click on the event titles for additional information.
North Jersey Earth Day Events
The following is our listing of Earth Day events in Northern New Jersey organized by county.
Bergen County Earth Day Events
- Tree Festival in Rutherford at Lincoln Park 2022
- Earth Day Celebration in Paramus at Paramus Main Library
- Daffodil Festival and Earth Day Fair in Ridgewood at Van Neste Square 2022
- Earth Day Party in Paramus at Bergen County Zoological Park
- Earth Day Festival in Leonia at Overpeck County Park 2022
- Find more Bergen County Earth Day Events
Essex County Earth Day Events
Hudson County Earth Day Events
- Earth Day Celebration in Hoboken
- Earth Day Celebration in Jersey City at Lincoln Park 2022
- Earth Day Celebration in North Bergen at Braddock Park
- Earth Day Celebration in Jersey City at Liberty State Park
- Earth Day Festival in Secaucus 2022
- Earth Day Cleanup in Secaucus 2022
- Find more Hudson County Earth Day Events
Morris County Earth Day Events
Passaic County Earth Day Events
Sussex County Earth Day Events
Union County Earth Day Events
- Find more Union County Earth Day Events *(At this time, we have not located any Earth Day events for this county.)
Mercer County Earth Day Events
- Earth Day Nature Hunt in West Windsor
- Earth Day Craft in Ewing Township at Hollowbrook Library
- Earth Day Activity in Lawrence at Lawrence Branch Library
- Earth Day Activity in Ewing Township at Ewing Branch Library
- Earth Day Fun in Lawrence Township at Quaker Bridge Mall
- Find more Mercer County Earth Day Events
Middlesex County Earth Day Events
- Earth Day Festival in Highland Park 2022
- Earth Day Celebration in Edison at Lake Papaianni 2022
- Earth Day Event in Edison at Menlo Park Mall 2022
- Earth Day Hike in Matawan at Cheesequake State Park 2022
- Earth Day Egg-Venture in New Brunswick
- Earth Day Celebration in North Brunswick at Pulda Farm 2022
- Earth Day Festival in Woodbridge 2022
- Find more Middlesex County Earth Day Events
Monmouth County Earth Day Events
- Earth Day Festival in Holmdel at Bayonet Farm 2022
- Earth Day Shore Planting in Port Monmouth at Bayshore Waterfront Park
- Earth Day Watershed Hike in Middletown at Poricy Park Nature Center
- Earth Day Family Volunteer Opportunity at Belmar Beach
- Earth Day Festival in Ocean Township 2022
- Find more Monmouth County Earth Day Events
South Jersey Earth Day Events
Kids and families would love to spend Earth Day enjoying New Jersey Earth Day events in Southern New Jersey. Review our county listings for the Earth Day events closest to you.
Atlantic County Earth Day Events
- Earth Day Festival in Egg Harbor Township at ACUA Environmental Park 2022 – One of the largest if not the largest Earth Day event in New Jersey.
- Community Day Clean Up and Party in the Park in Atlantic City at O’Donnell Park
- Earth Day Toddler Time in Egg Harbor Township at Inland Family Success Center
- Earth Day Fair in Mays Landing
- Find more Atlantic County Earth Day Events
Burlington County Earth Day Events
Cape May County Earth Day Events
Ocean County Earth Day Events
Salem County Earth Day Events
- Find more Salem County Earth Day Events *(At this time, we have not located any Earth Day events for this county.)
We will continue to add to this list throughout the month of April. If you know of a family-friendly Earth Day event that should be added to this post or any of ours listing Earth Day events please email me at [email protected].
Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Ecofriendly
Most of us want to take steps to reduce our family’s carbon footprint. We want to do more than just recycle, but it can seem overwhelming, especially if we feel like we are doing it all alone.
Taking steps to make your home more ecofriendly doesn’t have to be overwhelming. You can get the kids and teenagers involved in making changes. They may even have some ideas to add to ours. To get started check out these easy ways to make your home more Earth-friendly.
Bag it wisely
By now you probably know that May 4, 2022, starts a statewide ban on plastic bags in New Jersey.
“Starting May 4, 2022, New Jersey retail stores, grocery stores and food service businesses may not provide or sell single-use plastic carryout bags and polystyrene foam food service products. Single-use paper carryout bags are allowed to be provided or sold, except by grocery stores equal to or larger than 2500 square feet, which may only provide or sell reusable carryout bags.”NJDEP
If you haven’t been using reusable bags, now’s the time to start. Or if you find that you never have enough bags when you go to the store, it’s time to stock up.
Replace your plastic bags with BRINGIT reusable bags.
I am loving this iTKit ShoppingSystem collection of reusable tote bags BRINGIT Bags sent me to review. I tested their larger bag, the iTTote out while we were visiting the National Harbor. The large shoulder strap made it easy to sling over my shoulder. The large inner pocket was spacious enough to carry all my purchases of souvenirs. The outside pockets came in super handy for holding my wallet, sunglasses, and snacks. There are even deep pockets on both sides of the bag for holding water bottles. It’s definitely going to be my go-to bag when shopping on excursions.
The iTTote will also come in handy on trips to farmers’ markets and grocery stores because it will hold the smaller bags that BRINGIT makes and are part of this collection.
- one iTBag Shopper
- two Mesh Produce Bags
- two Large Produce Bags
- two Small Produce Bags.
When my bags are full, I’ll use the handles to carry the bag.
A few more reasons I’m loving the BRINGIT bags
- Fiber made from sustainably grown beechwood and eucalyptus trees
- 100% plastic-free and machine washable
- Home compostable and marine biodegradable at end of life
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Tips to reduce your plastic and paper waste
The Dry Goods Refillery store in New Jersey sent me a wonderful collection of Earth-friendly products to try out with my teens. I am loving them. Not only are they fun and easy to use, but I know they are going to help my family cut down on our paper, plastic, and food waste.
Shop Dry Goods Refillery in person at 193 Bellevue Avenue in Montclair or their online Dry Goods Refillery website. Not only are their products kind to the Earth so are their shipping methods. Items from their shop are shipped plastic-free to the lower 48 states. If you’re local you can even opt for delivery. Did you know Dry Goods Refillery is New Jersey’s FIRST plastic-free grocery store? Learn more about this innovative women-owned business at their website.
Replace plastic wrap or aluminum foil with Olsen + Olsen Food Wrap and Food Huggers.
Canadian organic bees wax, organic jojoba oil, organic pine rosin come together to create a washable, reusable, compostable, and plastic-free wrap for foods. Unlike plastic wrap, these wraps won’t stick to your hands when you try to use them. No fighting to get the wrap to cut across the sharp edge of a box. Take out the size wrap you need and gently fold or mold that to fit your food.
The wraps can be molded over a jar or wrapped around a piece of fruit or some cookies. They come in packs of 3 in various sizes and fun patterns.
I have never seen anything like these food huggers. They are like somewhat adjustable flexible lids. The food huggers come in packs of 5 in various sizes. BPA and Phthalate Free they can snugly fit over a piece of food, a glass, a jar, etc.
Can of soda you don’t want to go flat? A small plate of leftovers that you need to cover? Use the food huggers. I even use them with my kids’ drinks they don’t finish. One food hugger over the top of the glass and it’s good till the next meal.
Replace plastic sandwich bags with Olsen + Olsen Food Wrap or plastic containers.
I like using the Olsen + Olsen Food Wraps to wrap my kids’ sandwiches as well. They make a great alternative to plastic sandwich bags. Plastic containers have been our go-to for as long as I remember. But sometimes those containers can be bulky in a kid’s lunchbox or they break down over time in the dishwasher. Since the food wraps mold to the food they tend to take up less space. I find the wraps easier to wash as well.
Whether you choose plastic containers or food wraps, both can help your family cut down on the waste that comes from using plastic bags.
Replace paper napkins and towels with Cheeks Ahoy Unpaper Towels
A napkin in each of my teens’ lunchboxes every day. A few paper towels every time I need to wipe down a counter or clean a surface. All that paper starts to add up and becomes very wasteful. I love the idea of using these Cheeks Ahoy Unpaper Towels.
Each pack of Cheeks Ahoy Unpaper Towels includes 12 microfleece towels. They come in 3 different color options. I received the rainbow. They are bright and fun. Right now, they are stored on my kitchen counter so I never forget I have them and to use them as an alternative to paper towels.
Next week, I plan to start using them in the kids’ lunchboxes. I’m hopeful that their fun color will make it easy for my boys to remember to use them AND to bring them back home.
Tips to reduce your food waste
I am so over food going bad so quickly. My husband and I are good about keeping the fridge stocked with fruits and veggies. But if we aren’t very intentional about eating it every day it goes bad. So now I’m trying a variety of methods to keep our food fresher AND making sure it gets eaten.
Have a leftover lemon? A half-cut tomato? Don’t trash the other half or let it spoil. Use those same food huggers we talked about earlier. Slip a food hugger on the cut side and help it stay fresh until you’re ready to eat it.
Keep that Romaine lettuce, celery, and cucumbers crisper and fresh longer with Vejibag Crisper Bags.
The Vejibag vegetable preservation bag creates a safe space for vegetables. When damp, the bag wicks away excess moisture while keeping vegetables well-hydrated and fresh for up to 2 weeks (or more).
Certified organic and made in the USA, these bags use 100% organic french terry cotton, grown by the Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative, and are hand sewn by employee-owned Opportunity Threads, in Valdese, North Carolina. The bags come in two sizes.
Your food and you can feel good about using these bags.
One of the most popular fruits we keep on hand are berries: strawberries, blueberries, etc. They can go bad so crazy quickly. These Freshpaper Sheets can help lengthen the shelf life of these foods. Who couldn’t use a few extra days to enjoy their fruit?
Add the Freshpaper Sheets to the fruit bowl of the fridge drawer. One sheet can last up to 30 days.
After the month is over you can feel good about tossing these sheets. They are recyclable and compost-friendly. If you’re like me and worry about forgetting when the month is up, just write the ‘expiration’ date on them. That’s what I did.
Glass mason jars
I recently saw a post on Facebook about how some families are storing fresh fruit in glass mason jars to help their fruit last longer. I no longer have strawberries left from my picking at the Father Son Farm, but I do have lots of jars. I thought it couldn’t hurt to try.
What I’ve discovered in trying is that those smaller jars are perfect for packing berries in my teens’ lunchboxes. Earlier in the week, when the fruit is fresh, I rinse and pack them into the jars. In the morning, it makes packing their lunches so much easier because I can just grab a jar.
I gotta say I think the boys feel like they are eating something fancier when it comes from those pretty mason jars. Those jars are all empty when they come back home. You can get your own set of wide-mouth mason jars on Amazon using my affiliate link or pick some up in your grocery store.
Put your trash to work
Composting! One of the hobbies, I wanted to take up during the pandemic is composting. I haven’t gotten to it yet, but it’s still on my list. I feel like my family has always been fairly good at not generating a lot of trash, but there’s always room for improvement and this is one area we need to do better.
Amazon has a great collection of compost tumblers and bins (affiliate link), but your local recycling authority may also sell some and a reduced price. In Atlantic County, NJ the ACUA not only sells compost systems but they also teach classes on composting. Check out their page on how to build your own compost bin.
Make the most of the rain
Don’t let the rain from the next rainstorm just run off into the street. Put it to good use! Rain barrels can help you collect the rain and reuse it to water your garden or lawn. Rainwater WITHOUT chlorine and water treatment chemicals, is an excellent water source for lawns, plants, and gardens.
Did you know you can cut household water bills by up to 40% with a rain barrel or two in your backyard?
When shopping for a rain barrel look for these 3 features.
- An overflow hose for those times when the rain barrel is at risk of overflowing.
- A spigot
- A fine mesh lid to keep debris from getting in and mosquitos from getting out.
Again in South Jersey you can order and pick up a rain barrel from the ACUA. The ACUA will also be holding classes on building your own rain barrel. If you’re not local to the ACUA another great source for shopping for rain barrels is Amazon.
Grow your own veggies and fruit
We did this last year and will have more details in the next day or two about this.
Shop local when you can
Shopping closer to home helps you support local farmers but it also cuts down on your time in the car. You’re also more likely to get meats, fruits, vegetables, and flowers that have less exposure to pesticides.
There are several farms in New Jersey that offer CSAs. While we don’t have a list, check in with your favorite farm they can probably make a few recommendations if they don’t have their own.
Farmer’s Markets have always been popular in New Jersey. During the past two years, they became more popular. Many offered convenient services like drive-thru pick-up and curbside service. Check our list of New Jersey Farmers Markets for some recommendations. NJ Farmers Markets run from the spring into the late fall.
A few More Fun and Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day at home with Kids
- Kids love dirt! Plant shrubs or trees in your backyard.
- Organize a cleanup day at your school.
- Read an Earth Day story.
- Don’t leave the water running while brushing your teeth or washing your face and hands.
- Go on an Earth Day scavenger hunt in your backyard or at the local park. Search for pine cones, flowers, rocks and sticks.
- Spend the day outdoors with your family.
- Make a bird house or feeder.
- Have a picnic!