You may have seen all your favourite people on social media celebrate Earth Day in the past week. This day is an significant one as we remind ourselves of the importance of taking care of our planet and appreciating the beauty of it. This is why we decided to compile a list of helpful tips to help you live more consciously and how to get started:
1. “Reduce, reuse and recycle”
You may have heard of this advice many times already, but it can have a significant positive impact. Especially when it comes to plastics, it is important reduce the use of single use plastics, reuse what you have as much as possible, and finally recycle properly.
Here a few ways you can reduce the use of plastics:
- If you go shopping, remember to take a bag you already own
- Buy more bulk food and fewer packaged goods
- Replace plastic Tupperware for glass or steel containers
- Avoid using cosmetics that use micro-plastics, use a biodegradable brush and wear natural fabrics
- Give up bottled water and instead carry a stainless steel travel mug or bottle
2. Cut down on food waste
When food is disposed in a landfill, it rots and becomes a significant source of methane – a greenhouse gas that pollutes the environment, with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. This is why it is crucial to reduce waste. You can cut down on food waste the following ways:
- Make a list before shopping so that you stick to buying what you really need, which will also help you save money in the process.
- Eat before you go food shopping so that you’re full up and avoid buying lots of food that you may not end up eating and throwing away.
- Make maximum use of your freezer so that your food doesn’t spoil.
- Keep vegetable scraps and peels, store them in your freezer so that you can make a vegetable stock when you have enough scraps.
- Get an indoor or outdoor compost bin so that you can properly dispose of food waste
3. Eat fewer animals products
It is no secret that the meat industry heavily contributes to greenhouse gas emissions due to the huge amounts of energy and depleted resources that must go into raising cattle and processing meat. Moreover, it is also a significant contributor of mass deforestation around the world as more land is used for cattle ranching. In the Amazon alone, an estimated 70% of deforestation is attributed to cattle ranching.
4. Avoid fast fashion
In our blog Fast Fashion vs Slow Fashion, we go into details as to how fast fashion is harmful both for the environment and people. To summarize, the excessive amounts of clothes we produce pollutes the environment as it increases the piles of landfills every year. Moreover, the process of making a lot of clothes itself is harmful for the environment as it involves the use of toxic chemical and dyes, as well as synthetic fibres.
5. Switch to sustainable cleaning products
Cleaning products can be harsh on the environment, especially to creatures living in rivers and oceans. As an alternative, there are plenty of online stores nowadays that offer effective and sustainable options. When possible, look for products that offer refills so that you can reduce waste.
6. Walk or cycle instead of driving
Finally, whenever you have time to do so, change up your routine by walking or cycling to a certain place. This will also help you get in a little exercise in your routine. Also, consider public transport instead of driving if you live in a busy city with transport readily available.
We hope that these suggestions were helpful and will help anyone become more environmentally conscious. You don’t have to follow these suggestions to the T, what matters is that we all make positive changes, big or small.
“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”
– Anne Marie Bonneau
Witten By Sarah R
For MISKIE LONDON