Simple Things you can Do for the Planet
Happy Earth Day! For us, Earth Day is every day. The environment is becoming something that really matters to every human (or at least many of us, thankfully) and we want to share some little changes in your routine that can make a huge difference for the planet. Because helping to reduce our collective impact on the earth really matters when we all do it together, and you can start with the smallest changes.
Each person has their own habits and we know that it’s not possible to change all of them right away. But there are changes that are simple to reduce waste and that not only help the environment, but also help us to save more and live a more sustainable lifestyle.
It’s definitely positive changing your habits and picking up planet-saving tips and tricks to incorporate into your daily life.
If you’re able to and you really want to reduce your waste and carbon footprint, please check this list of habits!
1. Tossing Used Pet Litter – Try Composting it
If you’ve got an animal like a rabbit, guinea pig, or hamster, and you’re not composting their bedding and waste, you should know that you can! You can compost most animal bedding, and as long as you’re not loading down your compost with “pure poo,” as Can I Compost This? says on its website, you’ll be A-OK – and reducing the amount of waste going to the landfill. If your local waste collection accepts organic materials separately from your household waste and recycling, you can include it in that bin if you do not want to add it to your backyard composter.
You should be careful if you want to compost cat litter, since cats can pass on certain diseases to humans, according to Recyclebank. But even for our feline friends, there are ways to reduce the footprint, like more lightweight litter and litter made of sustainable materials like recycled newspaper, grass clippings or even coconuts, and these work amazingly well to mask odors indoors and absorb very well! Also, if your local waste collection picks up organic waste, these kinds of cat litters can easily be added to your organics bin as well, so they don’t get mixed in with your food or gardening compost material.
2. Using Plastic-Free, Reusable Bags
You probably know using a lot of plastic is bad for the environment and we’re part of the “plastic-free” movement. But if you live in a city with an initiative that places a surcharge on top of every plastic bag you use, you may be fooled into thinking that covers you because you’re paying for the environmental impact. Minimizing or eliminating the plastic bags you use can help to reduce plastic waste, as many of these plastic bags ultimately end up in the ocean, even if you place them in the recycling.
If you like to use plastic bags to pick up after your dog, consider switching to a biodegrade option. Check out BioBags dog waste bags, for example. They use a plant-based alternative to plastic.
3. Using Reusable Menstrual Products
It turns out that more than “20 billion sanitary napkins, tampons and applicators are dumped into North American landfills every year,” according to Lunapads. As you can imagine, that takes up a huge amount of landfill space — and it’s difficult to make the switch since there are relatively few menstrual products that are sustainably made.
However, there are some you can switch to, including DivaCup, washable period underwear, and reusable cloth pads if you’re interested in trying something new. This option reduces waste and saves you a lot of money over time.
4. Not leaving Appliances Plugged In
Do you know anything about “phantom energy”?
It turns out that there are appliances that use what’s known as “phantom energy” even when they’re turned off but left plugged in, according to HomeStars. Some of the worst offenders to consider unplugging when you’re not using them are routers and modems, computers, and video game consoles, HomeStars reported.
You cannot use this device when sleeping, or even when you’re at home! Like the microwave, cell phones chargers, tv’s, etc.
5. Turning Off The Lights
Using light bulbs that are energy-efficient and as environmentally friendly as possible. By purchasing energy-efficient, long-lasting light bulbs (which are a little more expensive, but worth it), you’ll be reducing the amount of power you use, and reducing the amount of waste you produce when you inevitably need to change your bulbs.
And don’t forget about turning and leaving on lights off when you don’t need them!
6. Alternative Transportation
There are many different options for different needs depending on distance, age, weather and more. Alternative methods of transportation can be used if and when you’re able to.
If you’re heading out with family or friends, do your best to carpool. If you need the motive to check this: vehicles produce one-third of the U.S.’s air pollution, according to National Geographic, and according to the Environmental Protection Agency, just one normal vehicle emits 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, on average. So while you probably know that vehicles overall affect the quality of our air, you may not realize just how much your individual car is adding to that pollution.
If the weather is cooperating to try to use your bike or roller blades! You’re helping to the environment and your body!
If you have public transportation available to you, take it when you can to help reduce your emissions.
It can be hard to make these everyday changes but they really do add up! The impact we have on the Earth is important, not only for you, but for our future generations. These small changes for the environment will have a positive effect that will last beyond our lifetimes.
If you need any help or recommendations, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!
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