If you read my previous post then you’ll know that 2018 was my year for growth. One of the aspects of my life that I really aimed at working on was my negative impact on the environment. I wanted to reduce my footprint as much as I could.
Now I’ve always been pretty conscious but last year was when I put in the most effort. I really tried to have a more positive rather than negative impact on the environment around me and the earth at large.
Almost every decision you make is either killing or saving the planet
This has become all the more evident to me as of recently. We’re so caught up in our day to day lives that we fail to realize the negative impact we’re having.
Every straw you use, every disposable fork you eat with and every plastic bag you pack your groceries into has a negative impact on our planet in more ways than you probably realise.
In recent times we’ve seen a shift in policies regarding the use and/or disposal of single-use items. According to the U.N. Environment, as of July 2018, 127 countries have implemented policies to regulate the use of plastics. Certainly a step in the right direction.
Meat and dairy consumption
It’s recently become more apparent to me that the vast majority of persons are not aware that animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of climate change. The biggest impact you have on our planet is through your diet. Did you know that animal agriculture is the second highest source of greenhouse gas emissions? A recent UN report recently stated that a global shift to a Vegan diet is vital in order to save the world from the worst impacts of Climate Change.
There are so many factors to consider in our day to day lives and there’s so much more that we could be doing as individuals to help save the planet.
Yes. You may just be a drop in the ocean. But what is any ocean but a multitude of drops? We have to start somewhere and that’s where individual impacts come in.
Personally, it’s so rewarding just knowing that I’m reducing my impact and making a difference. Even if it’s just as few straws or plastic bottles that I’ve refrained from using.
Here’s how you can help
Get a reusable bottle
I saw this post on Twitter this morning and I couldn’t do anything but shake my head in dismay. It was an image of a refrigerator FILLED with plastic bottles. So unnecessary when you can easily buy a reusable bottle and a BRITA filter. At this point, I don’t think that even recycling is enough. Why not just avoid the plastic altogether? I’ve basically stopped purchasing drinks in plastic and I’ve even made the effort to stop buying glass and canned items as well.
Stop using plastic bags
How is it that we’re in 2019 and still using plastic bags when we grocery shop. It’s so easy to take a reusable bag with you and some places actually have bags available upon purchase. On the odd chance that I forget my bags at home, I actually feel guilty and horrible inside.
Purchase bamboo toothbrushes and utensils
I’ve noticed that more and more people have been making this switch and I couldn’t be more happy about it. Bamboo toothbrushes have become more accessible and most of them are almost fully compostable. Bamboo utensils and straws are also in. They usually come in a compact pouch that you can keep on you at all times. So when you’re eating out, you can say no to the plastic straw and plastic fork.
Reduce you meat and dairy intake
Maybe try meatless Mondays or switch out your dairy milk for almond milk (it will surprise you how good it is). Every meal you eat has an impact on our planet so why not try to make it as Eco-friendly as possible.
I tend to find that persons are willing to make the necessary changes once they’ve been informed or become aware of the negative impact they’re having. But the sad thing is, most people never get to this point because they simply don’t look that far into things. Simply educating persons and showing them alternatives can go a long way.
The state that our planet is in is actually scary. Sometimes (more like 99.99% of the time) I’m actually ashamed to be human. Must we destroy everything we touch? We need to do better and it starts with you and me. Because after all, there is no planet B.
What are some environmentally-friendly changes you’ve made or plan on making? Let me know in the comments!
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Until next time,