Earth is our home. It takes care of us, nourishes us, provides us with the air and nutrients we need to survive, whether we recognize it or not. So should it be our responsibility to take care of it?
With the dramatic shifts in climate and the unfortunate increase in worldwide natural disasters, it may not seem like there is a whole lot we can do as individuals to help. However, and we mean this in the nicest way, you're wrong!
A few small changes in our own day-to-day lives can make quite a large impact on the future of our planet. Here are 6 simple ways you can make an impact on the preservation of the Earth:
1. Choose Sustainable Brands
Finding sustainably-minded brands can be difficult, but not impossible. For instance, at Health in Harmony we put our focus not only on your health, but also on the preservation of our home. Everything from sustainably sourced ingredients, to our green packaging solutions that are made from wind energy and always recyclable. Which leads us to our next tip:
Recycling is one of the biggest ways we can reduce our carbon footprint and protect our home. But let’s be honest: Recycling is confusing! There are so many ‘rules’ as to how to properly recycle and yet so few recycled products actually make it through selection. So it’s important to become educated in ‘what’ can actually be recycled and ‘how’ to do it correctly, because at the end of the day it really isn’t as tough as people may think. We recommend Earday.org, a great reference for recycling education that even breaks down the process of recycling into 7 simple steps.
Side note: Do not recycle anything smaller than a credit card. This includes: straws, bottle caps, paperclips, etc. Due to the small size of these items they actually can cause jams in the recycling equipment!
3. Save Energy
There are many ways to save energy, but below are two of the big ones that can also make a big impact:
- Use less Water
- Decrease electricity usage
We know, we know: A nice hot shower can be very relaxing, and no one wants to walk around in the pitch black. But decreasing the amounts of water and electricity that we use can really make a difference. Here are a few hot tips that can help you on your path to greener living:
- Limit shower times (even if it's just a few minutes
- Unplug… literally! Anything that’s not in use but plugged in still uses energy (and is a fire hazard).
- Stop hand-washing dishes. Did you know that dishwashers save more water than washing the dishes yourself?
- Lights off: If you’re not home, or you leave a room for long periods of time, there’s really no need to keep the lights on and run up your bill (if you know what we mean).
Try opening the blinds during the day to fill your space with natural light, and keep an eye on the sprinklers for any signs of overuse. These daily practices may fall through the cracks, these factors can not only make an impact on the planet but they’ll save you money, too!
4. Go Paperless
One thing that the COVID pandemic influenced was an incredible rise in paperless services (think restaurant menus, shopping receipts, etc.). There are so many ways to decrease the use of paper, and the digital age has made it really quite simple. Millions of trees are lost each year… trees that provide oxygen, a home for animals, and more. These guys play a huge role in keeping our world, and us, healthy. We must save them at all costs!
5. Drive Less
Gas prices are already high enough, and there are so many great alternatives to getting to where you want to go. Try hopping on a bike, or walking to a close destination if you can. Not to mention that there are so many great carpooling services now, there’s really no reason why we shouldn’t be taking advantage of them! And with the summer months quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to make a change.
6. Think before you eat and drink
It is estimated that 8 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean each year , and 90% of all sea creatures (seabirds and turtles included) ingest it at one point or another .
Invest in some good reusable containers and water bottles rather than buying plastic, or “single-use” products that get thrown away. Items such as straws, snack bags, and even plastic grocery bags are all products that do immense harm to our planet. Thankfully, many businesses are making the switch and offering alternatives to do their part in going green.
Maybe even some stickers to put on your water bottle if you one that always tends to misplace them ;)
Think of all the ocean critters and funds you can save by making these small, easy, changes in your life. The more of us who ‘Go Green’, the bigger impact we will have on our Mother Earth together!
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[2 ]World Wildlife Fund Team. “A Small Straw's Big Environmental Impact.” WWF, World Wildlife Fund, June 2018, https://www.worldwildlife.org/magazine/issues/summer-2018/articles/a-small-straw-s-big-environmental-impact.