Today is Earth Day, an underrated holiday that first began in 1970. Earth Day is a great reminder about how important it is to respect and care for our planet. With busy schedules, many of us forget about recycling, eating organically, or exercising eco-friendly habits. However, today is a great excuse to try to go green again.

As a cheerleader, there are even a few cheerleading ways you can go green! Check them out:

  • Reuse or recycle your bows. If you are like most cheerleaders, you probably have too many hair bows to count! Rather than throw away old, unused ones, there are so many ways you can repurpose them (like using them as stylish shoelaces)! Read our list of 17 ways you can reuse your cheer bows here.

  • Recycle your old cheer uniforms. Yes, you can even recycle your uniforms! There are many ways to get rid of your old uniforms without tossing them in the trash. One way is to reach out to thrift stores, like the Salvation Army, to see if they are ever in need of uniforms or if they know of organizations that can use them. Many times there are community groups that can't afford items. By donating them, you can provide a cheerleading team an amazing gift! Another way to recycle is to reuse them! Take a cue from this cheer squad. They transformed their old uniforms into pillowcases, which they then sold as part of a fundraiser.

  • Drink and snack "green." For practice, use a reusable water bottle, like a BPA-free plastic or glass water bottle (easily found at just about any store!). This will significantly cut down on the number of plastic water bottles you use. Also, when you or your parents shop for snacks for practice, shop at local Farmer's Markets for fresh produce, rather than shopping at grocery stores, whose "fresh" produce may be traveled all the way across the country (and beyond!).

  • Carpool to practice, games, and events. Gas prices are soaring and, particularly if you live in a big city, you're well aware of the increases in smog and pollution. Help cut down fuel emissions by carpooling with your teammates!

  • Recycle fundraising materials. If you create paper signs or banners for your fundraiser, don't just toss the papers away when you're done. Recycle them or save them to reuse for later.

What are other ways cheerleaders can go green? Share your ideas!