Global climate change continues to negatively impact our planet’s ecosystem. It has highly contributed to multiple devastations across the globe such as wildfires, catastrophic storms, extinction of species, and food shortages, among many others. Now if I tell you that tweaking some things in the way you live can hold a positive influence on climate change, are you willing to take on it?
Sustainability is ensuring we have enough without taking away anything from the generations to come. Sustainable living is a moral responsibility so the people of today and tomorrow can enjoy an environment that’s livable and sufficient. A zero-waste lifestyle may sound impossible to do, but remember that the little steps you take create a huge impact on our environment. If you’re here to take on the challenge, here are simple things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.
7 simple steps to sustainability
1. Lessen your meat intake
The accumulated pollution created by the meat industry is one of the strong contributors to climate change. By eating less meat and more plant-based foods, we reduce the demand, thus, we might just help reduce the production!
2. Walk, bike, or take the train
When vehicles burn diesel and gasoline, emissions that are detrimental to the environment are produced. By limiting the use of cars, we limit these greenhouses gasses from destroying our ecosystem. So go hop on your bike, take that walk to work, or hop on the next train.
3. Reuse bags and cups
Going for a grocery run? Bring a reusable bag so you can skip the plastic. Buying your favorite cup of coffee from your favorite local cafe? Don’t leave home without your coffee tumbler! Plan your activities ahead and ensure you bring all the reusable alternatives you can use.
4. Support sustainable fashion
The fast fashion industry is one of the primary contributors to environmental pollution that plays a huge role in harmful wastewaters, deforestation, and greenhouse gasses. To limit the demand, choose to wear sustainable clothing instead. Now check your favorite clothing brand if they fall under sustainable fashion, and if not, it’s time to look for another one. Now if you want to learn more about fast fashion and its repercussions, click here!
5. Practice zero waste cleaning
Cleaning your home while destroying your planet is probably one of life’s biggest ironies. When you use cleaning products that come in plastic packaging and harmful chemicals, you immediately negatively impact the environment. There are now numerous eco-friendly cleaning products available in the market so go and make that switch!
6. Opt for fair trade items
You can make a world of difference by simply adding the little step of checking if a product you’re purchasing is Fairtrade certified. This certification is given to companies that are devoted to the sustainable production of goods. So the next time you buy anything, check the label first!
7. Participate in Earth Hour
What if an hour of sacrifice can do so much for the planet that gives so much of itself to us? Will you be ready to take on this little sacrifice?
If your answer is a resounding “yes,” come and actively join us in the Earth Hour campaign. This is an event created by the World Wide Fund for Nature where we are called to turn off any non-essential electric lights for a full hour from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the last Saturday of March. Come and let’s let the whole world know that we’re committed to healing our planet!
If you haven’t noticed yet, the zero waste tips we’ve rounded up above are insanely easy to do and maintain. If we only try to think how much our Mother Earth has given us a home where our needs are sufficiently met, these little things will stop being a chore. Do you have any sustainable New Year’s resolutions this year? If you do, let us know in the comment section! Who knows? You might just inspire someone to do the same!
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