Is a collection of little suggestions that applied to our daily life can impact in a big way the wellbeing of our planet. The goal is to bring awareness to the many small act of thoughtfulness we can do towards mother earth without breaking the bank.
#1 Buy Used Books And Buy Local
According According to the Green Press Initiative, the book industry in the United States releases 8.85 pounds of CO2 per book each time a new book prints and ships. If you buy a used book, the number of CO2 emissions can go much lower per book. Plus they smell amazing and they are affordable!
#2 Switch To Reusable Straws, Or NO Straw At All.
According to StrawFree.org, about 500 million straws are thrown away in the United States daily – enough straws to wrap around the Earth twice statistics show that in fact only 15 percent of the plastics produced are properly recycled. With regards to plastic straws, this means that around 425 million straws head straight to landfill sites every day, instead of being correctly recycled.
#3 Recycle Your Old Clothes And Shoes!
Textile waste decomposes to produce potent greenhouse gases.
Almost 100% of household textiles and clothing can be recycled. Avoid throwing old clothes in the trash. Instead find the nearest recycling clothing bin & give your unwanted garments another chance to shine!
#5 Have a Vegetarian Day!
If you are not ready to give up meat for life, have 1 meat free day every week. It takes 1,800 gallons of water to produce a single pound of meat. In the US meat consumption alone accounts for 30% of our water footprint.
#8 Pick up trash at the beach.
-Whenever you go to the beach bring an extra bag and during your walk collect the trash you find in your path. You will inspire others to do the same. It takes very little effort and it makes a big difference!
#9 Choose matches over lighters.
As the majority of lighters are disposable these days 1.5 billion of them end up in landfills every year. They are made of plastic and filled with Butane, neither of which is environmentally friendly. Choose matches instead, better if made of recycled paper so you are doing no harm.
#10 Buy in Bulk.
Shop at your local farmer market or whole sale store. You will save money, enjoy fresher products and help the planet by:
- Using fewer plastic bags
- Reducing packaging waste
- Minimizing Transport pollution
#11 Eco-friendly New Year’s Resolution
“Go greener in 2019 without having to decimate your bank account, obliterate your social life or moving to a tree house” climate change isn’t going anywhere unless each of us starts taking action, now!
#12 Use Bar soap/shampoo instead of liquid soap.
“Why? Well, for one, it requires a lot more energy to produce liquid soaps — about five times more. For two, liquid soaps can come with up to 20 times more packaging than a humble bar soap, which is often sold in minimalist cardboard boxes, sleeves, or sometimes just loose and wrapper-free. Liquid soap also contains a lot of water, which means those bulky plastic bottles are heavier and much less efficient to ship — so its carbon footprint from transportation is a lot larger. And once we finally have the bottles in our bathrooms, we tend to use much more of it: about seven times more per washing session, whether that’s because of overly generous pump dispensers or our own bad habits.“
Thank you eco-friendly souls for all your precious advices!!
#13 Switch to a sustainable alternative to plastic toothbrushes.
Plastic toothbrushes are made from a combination of plastic (made from crude oil) and rubber for the hand piece, nylon for the bristles, and a mix of plastic and cardboard for the packaging. None of these items are biodegradable, therefore they remain in landfill indefinitely. They might even end up in our oceans and washed up on our beaches or consumed by marine life. If they are burnt, they release a combination of toxic and greenhouse gases.
#14 Use “reef-safe” sunscreen as much as possible.
The world’s coral reefs are suffering, and chemicals commonly found in sunscreen contribute to the problem. Switching to a reef-safe sunscreen could help, also wearing hats, shirts and other UV protective apparel can reduce the amount of sunscreen you need by 90%.