Three little things you can easily do to help the planet

As global warming becomes more and more of a pressing issue worldwide, preserving our planet’s goodness is now truly of utmost importance. While it may seem a daunting task, we have the power to help enact positive change by executing the simplest of actions or refinements in our daily routines. The truth? It doesn’t take a whole lot of energy to save our planet’s energy. So read on to learn three easy things you can do to help this big home we share.

1 Food we eat One of the easiest and most helpful choices you can make to do your part is going meatless, for even just one day a week or one meal a day. Not only will this help you save a lot of money, but it will better the Earth significantly, according to scientists from the Climatic Change journal. With meat agriculture comprising a significant portion of carbon dioxide emissions, it’s vital that we recognize how what we eat can either take a toll on or improve our planet. There was a 35% difference in greenhouse gas emissions found between high meat consumers and low meat consumers, which means the easy change of cutting out merely a day’s worth of meat will go a long way to reducing our carbon footprint. Steaks and burgers, moo-ve out of the way! 

2 Clothes we wear Sustainable fashion is more than just an up-and-coming trend; it’s an integral path for consumers looking to go green for the planet. An easy first step to join the movement? Donate your worn clothes to a clothing reuse or recycling organization. With clothes that you no longer wear but are still in good condition, a great way to reduce waste and help others in need is heading to a donation center such as Goodwill or Salvation Army. Consignment stores are another option if you’d like to get a little something back for the clothes. Have worn-out clothes that are no longer wearable? Don’t throw them away. Instead, look for a convenient recycling center nearby. Clothing recycling organizations remake old tops and bottoms into brand new items, reducing waste and our fast-fashion ways. When buying new clothes, choose clothing that are made of natural fibers, like hemp and wool rather than synthetic fibers that contain plastic. The Earth can only be our runway for as long as we let it.

3 Plastic we use More than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped in the ocean each year, placing aquatic life in serious danger. With one in three marine mammals having been found entangled in plastic, it’s time we take responsibility for other life on Earth. Luckily, it’s quite easy to start doing so. The next time you get a drink, simply skip the straw, sip a drink, and save a life. Skip, sip, and save – this easy routine change can go a long way for the preservation of our oceans and its creatures. If you don’t want to stop there, continue onward with adjustments to plastic usage. Replace plastic bottles of water with a reusable bottle. Cut the rings of flexible 6-pack plastic packaging with scissors. When dining out, bring your own food containers, like silicone reusable food bags with you to store leftover food. Coffee lover? Bring your own coffee mug whenever buying coffee over the counter! 

Replace plastic bags with reusable or paper ones when shopping. Simple steps like these work toward a better ecosystem for all of Earth’s inhabitants.