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With almost 8 billion people on the planet, each person on the planet needs to take good care of how they treat their little space on Earth. Factors include transportation use, the food you eat, the waste you produce and many other different components of everyday living. Reducing our impact on nature is becoming a greater priority in the modern world. We are damaging earth’s fragile natural ecosystems and threatening to change life as we know it could happen if a big change isn’t made.
Last year, I decided to collect all the paper, plastic, and packaging that we used weekly to see home much of our “trash” was actually recyclable. Turns out in less than a week there was a full garbage bag worth. I created an art project based on this with the “canvas” being a ton of magazines from a neighbor. It is based on the diagram of a trash dump that lots of cities use. My daughter took one look at it and said it looked like Earth’s eye. It’s definitely looking at us.
Figuring out how you can lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle needn’t be as difficult as you might think. There are a few key areas in which you can focus your efforts to reduce any negative impact you may be contributing to the world. So, if you would like to find out more, then read on to uncover some of the best top tips and tricks that you can make the most of today to make amends with mother nature!
Say No To Plastic
Plastic is one of the most dangerous materials for the natural world, as it can take tens or even hundreds of years to degrade. Plastic is rarely recycled or even disposed of in the appropriate manner, and it can easily find its way to oceans, rivers, and other natural habitats where wild animals reside. It’s truly heartbreaking to witness turtles caught up in plastic ring can holders, dolphins tangled up in discarded nets and fish of all sizes with bellies full to the brim with micro plastics. It is estimated that 1 in 3 sea turtles have a plastic bag in their stomach based on 370 sea turtle autopsies.
But you have the power to make a change.
Saying no to plastic will mean that you stop contributing to such a harmful practice, utilising and investing in alternative methods and brands that exist to protect and preserve instead. Glass has always been the ideal replacement for plastic, as it’s easy to clean and can be remoulded to create any shape you wish. Opt for glass wherever you can, utilising tinned foods that are housed in an aluminium casing rather than those which are plastic wrapped. If you want to take it one step further, search around your local area to identify a natural spot that’s troubled with litter and get cleaning. Properly disposing of plastics in a safe manner will help to remove them from the ecosystem.
Go Meat Free
A great way to reduce your carbon footprint is to go meat free, as the farming and production process of animals contributes more greenhouse gases than all modes of transport combined. It takes a whole load of water and grain just to produce one animal, especially when compared with the small amount of resources required to grow a field full of plants instead. Finding some delicious vegan and vegetarian food ideas that you can experiment with in the kitchen will allow you to reduce your impact on the planet, encouraging you to use less water and other essential resources which instead can be redistributed in a sustainable way. Plus, it has been shown that eating some processed meat can cause inflammation which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stomach and colon cancer.
While not all municipalities have a recycling collection plan in place, most areas have a recycling center that paper, plastic, batteries, chemicals, and more can be taken to. Do your part by sorting these out from your regular trash. Schedule a time each week to drop off recyclable items while you are out taking care of weekly errands already. It shouldn’t add to much more time to your to do list and will feel good to know you are doing your part in helping clean up our world.