It’s Earth Day!

And we can’t think of a better place to celebrate then right here in Bowling Green! There are many ways you can celebrate Earth Day today and every day in Bowling Green. Below are some ways we’re putting the GREEN in Bowling Green.


1. Switch from single-use products to reusable products

From reusable straws to water bottles and even dish covers, there are many businesses in the area that sell reusable products. Ben’s has a large selection or reusable straws. Stop into For Keeps for a selection of beeswax covers to go over your dishware instead of plastic lids. Inspired Mindz has many unique tumblers made by local artists for every taste.


2. Buy from bulk bins

Limit plastic consumption even further by buying from bulk bins when you can. Many of our large retails have bulk bins to get dried goods from. Asherah’s Garden not only has bulk bins for herbs, spices, and teas, but they also sell the bottles and jars for you to store them in.


3. Purchase plants and flowers

Purchase beautiful flowers and plants from Bostdorff’s Greenhouse, Klotz Floral and Garden, McKenzie’s Flower Basket, and Wolf’s Blooms and Berries. They have all kinds of arrangements and plants for every taste. We suggest getting plants that bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds love!


4. Reduce plastic bag consumption

Reusable bags are really popular! We here at Visit BG Ohio give them out as part of our contests, but you can also purchase them at many of the stores around town. If you happen to get plastic bags, you can take them back to a major retailer in the area and they’ll recycle them for you. Certain retailers also allow you to recycle other plastics, you can view Kroger and Meijer‘s policies, by clicking their name.


5. Download the Recycle Coach app

Stay updated on the refuse/recycling program in BG by downloading this super helpful app! Residents can also learn what can and can’t be recycled in this app. Recycle Coach is available for free through the Google Play and Apple store.


6. Recycle your old fluorescent bulbs at Home Depot

Not only can Home Depot recycle your old fluorescent light bulbs, but they have many DIY options and tips on how you can make your home more environmentally friendly. Click here to learn more.


7. Participate in the Pilot Food Waste Drop Off Program

Take your food waste to the BG Public Works garage on Tarragon Drive to be composted. This is a trial program in BG that aims to eliminate food waste in landfills. Click here to see what can be composted.


8. Enjoy our parks

Whether walk through the park or take your kids to play on the playground. Spend time in one of nine our parks. Learn about the floral and fauna at Simpson Garden Park or Wintergarden. Have a picnic at City Park. The possibilities are endless!


9. Recycle your old cell phone at the Library

Don’t just toss your cell phone out. Recycle it at the library. Phones get repurposed or recycled, plus this benefits the Wood County District Public Library!


10. Participate in an Earth Day event

While this year’s still looking a bit different as far as events go, there are still great opportunities to participate in Earth Day celebrations on and post Earth Day. BGSU is having an Earth Month celebration. Part of this celebration includes an electric car show at the Union Oval (did you know the city has an electric vehicle charger in every parking lot). Wintergarden Park has a birding event every Friday through May 21st from 7:30-9a. WGTE Public Media is having a special showing of Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World on April 22nd at 8p. You can also go participate in our Green & Garden Tour. A self-guided tour to all of the green spaces in BG. Click here to view it.


No matter how you choose to celebrate, let’s treat every day like Earth Day and help make Bowling Green a GREENER place. Share with us how you’re celebrating by using the hashtag #ThinkBGOH.