Today, 22nd April, happens to be one of my favourite days of the year. EarthDay. I wish every day was Earth Day.
And it could be, if we all made tiny changes to our day to day routines, like picking up our reusable coffee cup before we leave the house, just in case we fancy a coffee later in the day.
Not every change has to be massive. It’s not about being zero waste, it’s about doing our best. A lot of small changes add up to a very positive impact.
Small ways to make a big difference:
- Refuse single use plastic – take out coffee cups, plastic straws, plastic carrier bags and plastic drinks bottles. Buy reusable alternatives and carry them with you.
- Cycle or walk more – if possible, ditch the car or public transport and walk to work, the shops, to your families. It’s good for the environment and it does wonders for your mental health.
- Recycle – and if you do buy plastic packaging, try to make sure it can be recycled.
- Give up meat and dairy – for a day, a week, a month, or for good. Did you know that if we all switched to a vegan diet we would immediately cut greenhouse gasses in half. We would also eliminate most water pollution, deforestation and species extinction.
- Use energy saving lightbulbs.
- Unplug appliances and turn off lights when you’re not using them – no brainer, really.
- Go paperless – request with your bank, etc, to go paperless and not get any mail through your letter box. Say no to receipts when possible. Try not to print things out at work unless necessary.
- Invest in a bamboo toothbrush – not only are they biodegrabeable but they are also naturally anti-microbial, which means you don’t have to worry about any nasty bacteria growing in your handle. Yuk.
- Shorten your showers – if you shortened your shower by 1 minute, you could save 150 gallons of water per month.
- Buy local produce – it’s better for the environment and the local economy. #supportlocal
There are a million and one other ways you could make small changes to your lifestyle, it’s all about finding what’s relevant to you and easily manageable. For me, I’m trying my very best to refuse single use plastic, and trying to maintain a zero waste bathroom at the moment. Once I feel I’m ready to try something else, I will.
I don’t know about you, but I feel like 2018 is the year for being more conscious about our every day habits and how they effect the environment. A lot of businesses have implemented the ‘refuse the straw’ movement. The negative effects of plastic in our oceans is plastered all over our TV’s either on the news or specially made TV shows. Everywhere we look, we are being reminded to be more eco-conscious. It makes me super excited.
You are personally responsible for becoming more ethical than the society you grew up in.
The Earth is our home. And aren’t we lucky to have such a beautiful home? One that fills our lungs with oxygen, fills our minds with wonder and our eyes with beauty! Let’s help protect, preserve and nourish our home.
Remember, there is no Planet B.
Peace & Love, Sian