Mother Earth loses 55 billion tons of fossil fuels, minerals, metals and bio mass every year. It also lost over 80% of its forests and at least 27% of its coral reefs have been destroyed. These gut-wrenching statistics are alarming, and are a real threat to our existence.
Making meaningful changes can help save our planet. Even in the littlest ways, we can start living eco-friendly and help ensure a habitat for all future generations.
To get you started, here are easy ways to live eco-friendly.
Do your research
“Eco-friendly” is a word that gets tossed around a lot, often losing its essence. That’s why it pays to do your research. Take the time to discover which truly eco-friendly products you should buy, and have a better understanding of their company’s ethos. Find brands and stores that carry with them certification, not only claims. There are plenty of authorized eco-friendly emblems such as the Green Good Housekeeping, USDA Organic, Fairtrade Certified, and many more.
Be mindful of energy use
Good energy use is a strong example of living eco-friendly. The smallest gesture of opening the windows to cool off, installing energy-efficient alternatives or turning off appliances that are not can mean a lot.
When you prioritize local farmers and shops, you help cut down the amount of fossil fuels used to transport goods across borders. You also have better control on where your food and other products come from. Moreover, you get to support your area’s small businesses, directly aiding them to provide employment opportunities and better community living.
Invest in reusable products
Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year, only 1% of which is returned for recycling. Reducing your plastic use and making the switch to reusable products is another step to live eco-friendly. Whether you need to store leftovers in the fridge or go out for some shopping, there is no shortage of reusable items you can invest in. Sure, they may be more expensive than single-use. However, they will last you a longer time and can drastically decrease plastic pollution.
It’s all too often that we forget about turning the faucet off when we brush our teeth of wash our hands. We also tend to be wasteful with water when we wash the car or dishes. Conserving water is one of the simplest ways to live eco-friendly. Reusing wash water to clean the car, installing a dual flush and remembering to keep the faucet closed are a few smll changes you can make.
Start Meatless Mondays
Livestock farming alone produces 18% of human-caused greenhouse emissions. That’s more than emissions made from transportation combined. We understand it can be difficult to give up meat entirely. The good news is dedicating even one day in a week to go meatless can make a huge positive impact on the environment. Meatless Mondays don’t have to be boring and dreadful. There are plenty of recipes to spice up meat-free ingredients that can equally satisfy.
Plan your meals
Food waste is at the forefront of Earth’s depletion. Taking the time to plan your meals help you eat better and consume smarter. So, find a day to sit down and think about how much of which food products you’re looking to eat for the rest of the week.
Small changes make for big impact. Keep these tips in mind as we make it our mission to save Plane Earth.