While I’m aware that large corporations are more to blame than the average person for the state of the planet, it’s still not entirely fair to shirk off any and all responsibility. Sure you’re one person, but that’s one more person that’s helping to make a change. If everyone thought that their efforts didn’t matter then we wouldn’t get anywhere in life. So I have some tips that you can incorporate into your daily lives because quite frankly, the earth is dying and we need to get off our asses and do something about it.
- Consume less animal products. The whole process of getting meat, dairy and all of that to your plates has disastrous consequences on the environment. While I understand that people can’t just stop eating meat cold turkey (pardon the pun) or have health issues that don’t allow them to do so. Maybe try having one or two days a week where you don’t eat animal products. It may not seem like much but it’ll help, reducing the demand will ultimately reduce how much is produced. It’s already happening thanks to the recent surge in people switching to vegetarian and vegan lifestyles.
- Be conscious of how much water and electricity you’re using. Again, I’m not asking you to give up all your electrical possessions and give up baths forever. Baby steps, unplug things or turn the switches off then you’re not using them. Turn off the tap when you’re brushing your teeth and sure, maybe don’t have a bath every single day. It’ll help.
- Plastic, ah plastic. We’ve all been hearing about reducing our plastic usage, but how? Well, stop buying water bottles that you’ll end up throwing away. Buy a sturdy bottle, like the metal ones, and just use that. It’ll save you using so much plastic (and money!!) It doesn’t have to be really expensive either, I got mine from Wilko (in the UK) for £5! Buy resuable bags, a tote bag perhaps? I have a tote bag with me all the time, just in case I need one. Plastic bags cause so many problems and it just makes more sense to have your own reusable bags that you can fold away once you’re done using them. My dad, for example, has a few of those big reusable bags you can get from the supermarket in his car all the time so whenever we go shopping we’ll always have bags.
- Ordering things online, if you can try to order things all at once to reduce the amount of packaging used. It may not seem like much but limiting the amount of waste you produce (however recyclable it is!) will help massively.
- Buy clothes second hand, I probably will end up writing a post about fast fashion and all of that. But for this post, try to buy clothes from charity shops (trust me you can find some absolute gems for a fraction of the price) Plus that’s one more item of clothing that’s been saved from ending up in a landfill somewhere.
I hope these have inspired some of you to change your habits a little bit, until next time! 🍁