ECO FRIENDLY IDEAS YOU CAN ADOPT ASAP!
The more I dive in on where I see my life going, and the decisions I make, the more the impact I leave in this world means something to me.
For so long I thought that the changes I wanted to see in my city, where supposed to be done by the government, that I didn’t have a say, and well…that is not really true.
We can create an impact, smaller (maybe) but you know, life is like a domino effect. The more good we do, the more good we pass along. Just as an example, I saw my family have health issues and overall having very bad eating habits. I told myself they would never change, no matter how much I spoke to them. To my surprise, my own actions had an impact on them, now not only my mum but other relatives have adopted a whole plant based diet, or at least eat healthier, and have seen dramatic changes.
So maybe, just maybe, if I speak more about the environment and the changes YOU and I can do everyday, we could see the same effect. I might be a dreamer, but, hey, I am not the only one (I might stole this phrase :p)
Here are the easiest way to become more environmentally friendly, you can still have your regular life and create an impact.
ECO FRIENDLY IDEAS YOU CAN ADOPT ASAP!
Once we went vegan we realized that plants mainly made our trash. We don’t really produce real trash that goes to landfill and having leftover food in our trash was making it smell funny (who loves old banana peels?) – so we decided we would compost instead. Although I wish I knew how to, it is kinda hard to do it in a city, so we did some research and found Bootstrap compost. A local company that delivers a bucket where you throw your scraps and once a week they pick up, and compost for you. It is super affordable and makes your life and the planet easier and better!
BRING YOUR MUG, WATER BOTTLE, JAR EVERYWHERE.
I mean this is pretty obvious, not only you are not throwing away plastic water bottles to landfill, but also you are saving some cash by bringing your own bottle. Most coffee shops offer a 30 or 50-cent discount if you bring your own mug. I know that JUGOS Boston (a local smoothie shop) even offers a discount if you bring your own jar for a smoothie. We are millions living in this planet, let’s all try to reduce waste as much as possible. This is also one of the healthy tips it changed my life. I wrote about it here.
BRING YOUR OWN BAG TO THE MARKET
OMG Plastic bags. I cringe every time I see people not using one but two at a time to carry their grocery shopping! I mean, what do you think it happens to that plastic? It can’t be recyclable, and most of it finishes on the street, somewhere in your state or even in the ocean. Please, bring your own bag. We use tote bags or backpacks, no need to invest more money in it either.
BUY IN BULK AND BUY LESS PACKAGED FOODS.
Most WholeFoods and natural shops offer to buy in bulk. Just bring mini bags, or your own jar and get your legumes, grains, nuts, seeds, etc. Not only you will reduce the amount of package you are buying, but it also can be cheaper. Brands are not only charging you for the actual product, but they are adding packing costs, shipping, etc. I used to get so embarrassed to do it, but honestly I don't care anymore.
BUY SECOND HAND CLOTHING, AND ONLY OWN YOUR FAVORITE CLOTHES AND SHOES.
I get it, you like that rush in your body when you swipe your credit card at Forever 21 or when you find a super cheap dress that would normally cost you the double. I get it. But buying clothes every single season? you are supporting an industry that it is probably exploding a third world country, and you are not going to even use all those clothes (or they won't even last that long), you will “donate” them, throw them away and get more, and more. Again, where do you think those clothes go? Fashion heaven? Ah NOPE. LANDFILL.
EAT MORE PLANTS
Animal agriculture’s devastating contribution to global warming is pretty obvious now. There are alarming numbers, as an example, the Worldwatch Institute have estimated that animal agriculture is responsible of 51 percent of global greenhouse emissions. Don’t let me even start with the factory “lagoons” (cesspits filled with animal waste) that existed in many southern states in America. Find more ways being plant based helps the environment here.
USE A MENSTRUAL CUP (Fo' ma ladies)
Many reasons! it is gross that the cotton from tampons gets stock inside your vagina. Period. Gross. How many times you change your tampon? 3-4 times a day? where do you think it goes? BINGO! Landfill. So yeah, people somewhere are moving your bloody tampon around. Gross. How much are you spending on tampons? your welcome, I just made you safe money for your next Europe trip.
I've been using one for a couple years, and never going back. It doesn't move, you can't feel it at all, I can workout with no issues and I change it once a day. One time purchase and that is it. Yes it will feel weird and you will have to get used it. You will be fine. Just to give you the extra push, 2 BILLION PADS are disposed of annually! Most tampons are super toxic (Do you think Kotex things about your health? nope), and saves you around $1,500 in 24 years (if you use the cheap CVS brand).
Now stop thinking about you, and think about how much more our planet can be. Sounds cheezy, but we can start turning our world around and stop global warming. It is possible. Do your own digging, start with one step (or all like me :p) and let's start changing this modaf*cker world. (opsie for the words but fo' real)