As many of us know, Earth is not in great condition and there is much room for environmental improvement. Humans, which makes up 0.01% of living things, have brought the most controversial impact to Earth. We are obligated more now than ever to take steps in making the Earth a healthier home for all.
So how are humans exploiting Earth?
Environmentalists, researchers, scientists, and environmental movements have already iterated how important it is to take care of our planet. We are already experiencing global warming, unpredictable climate change, and an increase in endangered species, just to name a few things.
Most of you have incorporated conscious environmental decisions into your lives. We are not earth saviors and understand we are truly a ways away from living in a healthy planet. We are just here to reiterate and encourage good, environmentally conscious habits that everyone should incorporate into their daily routines.
Compiled below are six non-radical ways to incorporate healthy change in your life for the planet:
- Reduce, or totally avoid food waste
Food waste is not only damaging the environment, but food security, the economy, and human health as well. The process of preparing a meal is a lot more in depth than we take into consideration.
The plants used to cook require water, harvesting, tractors that use fuel, etc.. Food waste is simply an additional form of pollution. Plus, it’s a waste of your money. Lessen food waste by planning your grocery shopping and meals for the week, avoiding overeating, and by eating leftovers. Turn your restaurant leftovers into a romantic, homey dinner for two.
If you hosted an event or a large dinner and have excessive leftovers that you know you will not finish, instead of letting it spoil in your refrigerator, drop it off at a local homeless shelter.
- Reduce or totally eradicate plastic use
It has been said before that plastic does not decompose. It clogs cities, drainages (which leads to flooding), pollutes water, and kills entire marine species. Luckily, reducing plastic waste is easy. You can start by reusing plastics or by bringing your own shopping bags to the store. Ditch plastic straws for bamboo or metal straws, do not use plastic utensils, avoid buying bottled water or use your own tumbler, buy in bulk, and lastly, opt for the box or paper and ditch the plastic.
At Avaera, we carry reusable copper straws with cleaning utensils. We also sell durable shopping bags woven in Sri Lanka.
Check out our Copper Straws here.
- Move and get fit
It has been discovered that CO2 emitted from vehicles are one of the largest contributors to global warming. In Europe, this is not a common issue but regardless of where you’re located, this tip can help you as well.
If you’re using a motorized vehicle, plan your errands and trips to minimize back and forth travels around town. Also, carpool when the option presents itself.
Aside from this, if you’re headed to the local market, walk or take a bike. This will also help you burn the calories from all of those leftovers you’ve been eating. 😉
- Reduce your carbon footprint at home
Involve your family and encourage an eco-friendly lifestyle. Turn off your lights when they aren’t in use. Choose Energy Star appliances when replacing older ones, regularly check thermostat settings, and minimize gadget use. This will result in a more sustainable lifestyle.
- Support local
Buying local produce can lessen fuel emissions by 1,300 miles caused by transporting goods. Local farmers practice healthier methods in growing and producing these goods, too, making local goods healthier to consume and safer for the environment. Supporting local also means you are contributing to the economic growth of your town.
If you have a backyard, try growing your own crops and see how it will change you. Studies show that sustainable agriculture, as practiced by local farmers, can reduce effects on climate change while increasing food production by 80%.
- Volunteer and influence others
Once you get used to living greener and healthier, start influencing others. Volunteer for environmental projects in your local community like tree planting and cleanup activities. Get involved in awareness projects or teach kids about living a friendly, environmental lifestyle.
Bonus point: It’s fun and you may even meet new friends.
Making these conscious choices will not only reduce the harm we deliver to the environment, but it is an opportunity to improve ourselves too, from inside and out.