You’ll no doubt have seen the many stories about climate change in the news. It’s scary to see how the planet is changing, and you’ll no doubt be wondering what you can do to help reverse the damage. While one person can’t save the planet alone, if everyone made small changes, then they’d make a big impact. Here’s how to do your bit for the environment.
- Cut down on the amount of meat you consume
Many western diets now include daily servings of meat, and this is having a negative impact on the planet. Four-fifths of agricultural admissions are due to livestock, and factors such as methane produced by animals and massive water usage mean that this rise of consumption of meat is having a big impact. This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy meat anymore but consider cutting down. Start with a meat-free Monday, then try making some veggie alternatives to your favorite dishes to see if you enjoy the change.
- Shop ethically
Clothing has a big impact on the planet. Not only does cotton use large amounts of water, but clothes are also dyed which can cause pollution, they have to be transported, and they are often discarded after a few wears. Many people are now looking for more ethical options to keep their closet eco-friendly. There are options such as buying from ethical brands or even upcycling your own clothing, and if you look into the benefits of water-based screen printing, you’ll see it’s much better than industrial methods. Once you’re done with your items of clothing, take them to a thrift store or recycling center.
- Cut down on packaging
While a lot of packaging can be recycled, the process of recycling still uses energy, so avoiding packaging as much as possible is more environmentally friendly. Buy loose fruit and vegetables, choose brands that use minimal packaging, and find out if there are any zero-waste stores near you where you can buy food by weight.
- Cut down on car journeys
If you need to pick up something from the store, do you jump in the car without thinking, or do you spend a minute thinking of alternatives such as walking or cycling? There are many ways you can cut down on car usage, even if it’s just eliminating a couple of journeys a week to begin with. Obviously, this is easier for people who live in cities or places with good public transport, but even if you’re in the suburbs there are options such as lift sharing.
- Give experiences, not gifts
The holidays can be a terrible time for waste, with many gifts ending up in landfills, not to mention the amount of wrapping and packaging. However, lots of waste could be saved if you gave people experience gifts for things they enjoy, instead of more stuff. From a gift card for their favorite restaurant to an amazing adrenaline-pumping experience, you can give people great memories rather than just something to clutter their home.
Saving the planet doesn’t have to mean you can’t enjoy life. By simply making a few lifestyle changes, as well as encouraging others to do so, you can help limit the damage.