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Everyday Ways to Help Save Mother Earth

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For years, we’ve known the disastrous effects the way we consume, commute, and eat are having on our planet. However, there are things we have to do every day. We have to bathe and hydrate (this uses water), we have to go to work (this almost always involves fuel), we need our homes powered. All of the day-to-day things that are seemingly unavoidable have an absolute impact on the environment. But, there are so many ways beyond recycling or bicycling to work that can have significant long-term effects on our beautiful planet, Earth. 

Ditch Fast Fashion

While fast fashion is very tempting to buy – a skirt that is “only $10” or a dress because it’s $20, it’s crucial (more now than ever) to recognize the actual total cost of these quickly and cheaply made fashion items. To start, it’s a humanitarian crisis as far as the workers are concerned. But, as far as our planet is concerned, there are so many adverse effects – the greenhouse gas emissions from the production and transportation of fast fashion account for 5% of the world’s emissions. Aside from the gases, most of the resources used are non-renewable. Add those facts to the fashion industry being a major water consumer, depleting and polluting our water sources. And lastly, can you believe that nearly 85% of the world’s clothing ends up in landfills every year. Instead, if this horrifies you, commit to shopping second-hand – breathe new life into classic styles you find in thrift stores or consignment shops. You can find fantastic deals on designer clothing in stores like this or online through one of the many reselling apps. Plus, you can feel good about making a positive purchase and a positive impact. And, when and where it’s feasible, you should invest in high-quality pieces that may cost more upfront but will serve you for a lifetime, thus becoming cheaper in the long run than the tempting fast fashion pieces. 

Sustainability, Please

When purchasing products for yourself and your household, you should try purchasing the most sustainable product version. Ditch the pads and tampons for a menstrual cup. Instead of buying underwear with a synthetic blend, opt for lux bamboo underwear. If your family consumes large quantities of certain foods, it’s worth it to shop the bulk sections of your local natural grocery store, purchase them in large amounts, and fill your own reusable containers. Stop buying single-use water bottles and invest in a reusable stainless steel one. Making small decisions like this in our day-to-day routines adds up to a significant impact on the environment. It may take some getting used to initially, but the reward is a clean conscience and a longer lifespan for the planet.

Water Wise 

Be water-wise. It’s easier than you think. It may seem like a no-brainer, but many of us don’t think about how much water we use on a daily basis. Quick ways to cut down on our water consumption are taking a quick shower only once a day and turning the water off while brushing our teeth. Why do we run it while brushing our teeth anyway? What a funny habit that half the world’s adopted. When it comes to laundry, make sure you’re always running a full load in your washing machine. Sure, it can be hard waiting to go through enough clothing to get there, and you may be wearing your least favorite items by the time it’s laundry day, but you’ll have the joy of knowing you’re doing the right thing, which is priceless. Running a full load on cold water setting each time you do laundry can save over 3,400 gallons of water a year, not to mention drastically cut down on carbon emissions. And remember the water bottles as mentioned earlier? Did you know that around 90% of them don’t end up being recycled despite our best intentions? There is no time like the present to make sure you’re using a reusable water bottle. 

Paper Positive 

If you sit and think about how much paper we collectively waste every day, you’d be alarmed. Simple ways to reduce your paper consumption are making sure you cancel all junk mail. Go paperless on all your bills and request they’re e-mailed to you. Ditch straws (even paper ones) you can either buy reusable straws or get in the habit of not using them. Opt for cloth napkins or diapers in your home. And who doesn’t feel luxurious dining with cloth napkins anyway? 

These changes are all easy to implement and proven effective at creating change. One of the most positive impacts aside from changing the world truly is the self-satisfaction of knowing that you’re making and difference and leaving this planet a better, more inhabitable place for future generations.


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