Protecting our planet starts with us.
Some Simple Things You Can Do to Help Protect the Earth
Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Cut down on what you throw away. Follow the three “R’s” to conserve natural resources and landfill space. There are a lot of things you can actually reuse at home. Bags, newspapers, jars, boxes and so on. Be creative!
Where possible, buy local produce. This saves all the pollution incurred by transporting goods long distance.
Buy second hand. Thrifting is amazing, besides clothing, you can find a multitude of amazing things shopping in second-hand stores as great home decor, supplies for your hobbies, lightly worn vintage. The fashion industry is one of the major polluting industries in the world. So thrifting is such a good way to buy less fast fashion clothes.
Stick to second hand bookshops. You can get pre loved books at affordable prices without compromising with the quality and content of book. And it saves the forest!
Plant a tree. Trees provide food and oxygen. They help save energy, clean the air, and help combat climate change. And you can plant a fruit tree! Growing your own food is a blessing.
Support companies which plant trees by working with reforestation programs. When you buy something, be aware of where are your money going to.
Shop wisely. Buy less plastic and bring a reusable shopping bag. A wrote a post about plastic free/zero waste living, read my hacks here.
Save water at home. When brushing your teeth, turning the tap off – it can save five gallons of water per day. And it is so easy to do.
Re-think your water consumption. Buy one bottle and then refill it from the tap or your work’s water cooler. You can find plenty of great bottles for everyday use. But you don’t need that many!
Volunteer for cleanups in your community. If you live close to the beach, you know – it is a lot of work. And it’s getting more and more.
Donate if you’re busy and can’t help with cleaning. There are some special organisation out there! Check out Plastic Ocean, they do a lot of interesting things to change the situation!
Invest in renewable sources of energy. Support companies, which choose sustainable buisness and living.
Use long-lasting light bulbs. Energy efficient light bulbs reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Also flip the light switch off when you leave the room!
Use rechargeable batteries. It’s no secret that the corrosive acid in throw away batteries is extremely damaging to soil when they end up in landfills. Although the recharging unit is initially an unexpected expense, long term, this will save you money. And you’ll never find yourself short of a battery when you need one!
Don’t send chemicals into our waterways. Choose non-toxic chemicals in the home and office.
Re-think your menu and eat more plants. It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a single pound of beef. And each hamburger that comes from animals on ex-forestry ground is responsible for the destruction of fifty-five square feet of forest. Water use, water pollution, land use and deforestation, climate change (greenhouse gases) are major things we try to cut off.
Educate. When you further your own education, you can help others understand the importance and value of our natural resources.
Watch 2040 movie. There you can find some other tips and interesting ideas!
Share this list with your friends – if each of them takes on board just one point, the effect could be immense. And if they share it on too, think of the mass chain reaction.
Let’s work together to make the world a better place.