With Earth Day right around the corner you might be thinking of how to be more responsible for our planet. Honestly everyday should be Earth Day. I am a huge advocate on living a more sustainable life so that we leave less of a carbon footprint. Little things we do, add up to big things and it makes an impact for the planet. There are small things you can do in your household and lifestyle to help our planet and do your part because everyday we can do better
You can start small by doing little things like going paperless. That seems like a no brainer but that means everything from bills, bank statements, I have gone as far as asking my friends to stop sending me Christmas cards. Going paperless helps cut don on CO2 emissions, it helps save trees, saves on using oil, and landfill space.
Single use plastic is a danger to our planet. Plastic bags take about 600 years to decompose. Americans throw away about 100 billion plastic bags annually and at least 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year. Eliminate single use plastic in your household. This means using reusable water bottles, when you go grocery shopping bring you own shopping bag, instead of plastic wrap use reusable wax wraps, bamboo tooth brushes, skip the plastic storage containers and use glass ones. When you go grocery shopping instead of putting your fruits and veggies in a plastic bag put them directly in your cart. You are going to wash them at home anyway. Choose toilet paper that isn’t wrapped in plastic, there are many bamboo options that are great. There are so many ways to cut out single use plastic in your daily life and it helps our planet. I have an ongoing campaign I started on Instagram called #oneloveoneplanet for everyone who uses the hashtag with a photo of them using a reusable item I plant a tree for you. If you want to participate tag me and use hashtag #oneloveoneplanet.
Another way to be more sustainable is don’t buy fast fashion. If you love fashion, invest in quality items that will last over the years and build a wardrobe. Cheap synthetic fibers emit gases like N20 which is much more damaging than CO2. If you do buy it don’t forget to donate it because about 85% of textiles go to the dump each year. Micro-fibers from synthetic materials get released every time you wash them and annually it equals to 50 billion plastic bottles world wide. Synthetic materials like polyester does not break down in the ocean. When you shop, keep that in mind.
Eat your veggies. Eating plant based or vegan just for one day of the week really helps our environment. The ways it helps the environment is it lowers pollution, slows deforestation, reduces water use and land use, and helps reduce the destruction of top soil. I’m not a vegan but I do eat plant based at home 90% of the time. Once a week is really easy to do and has an impact on the environment.
Other ideas are changing the light bulbs you use in your home to LED lighting, in the winter layer clothes at home instead of putting on the heat, when you leave a room make sure you turn off the lights, instead of using your dryer air dry your clothes and also this will help the longevity of your clothes. Unplug devices when you are not using them. Walk instead of drive, this is also great for your health and your mental health. If you forget you can always remember, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.