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10 WAYS TO REDUCE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

TAKING RESPONSIBILITY

1. DITCH THE CAR

This is absolutely the number one, and EASIEST way to take environmental responsibility into your hands.

Get a bike.

Car pool.

Walk.

If it feels too far, maybe you don't have to go to the store for ice cream anyway.

Or maybe you really DO live too far away from work. (quit? move? that one's on you..)

Also, movement is healthy.

2. SEASONAL & LOCAL FOOD

Buy all as MUCH of your food as possible from as NEAR to you as possible.

The amount of fuel used to transport food from mass production farms in other countries to your plate is environmentally devastating.

Also, fresh food tastes better.

As a side effects of buying locally, you'll also be eating seasonally.

This means you'll never get bored. Each week is like a mini season with it's own produce selection.

Try out some local goods you may not have used before; radishes, kohlrabi, paw paws, or chard!

(when in doubt, roast it...)

3. BUY BULK & DITCH GROCERY PLASTIC

STOP paying for packaging.

START paying for food.

Buying bulk will save you money!

If you bring your own containers or bags (be sure to write down the tare weight) you can save on the bulk baggies.

I like my unbleached, cotton, drawstring bags for produce and bulk staples. They come with little tare weight tags attached to them, and are easy to wash, store foods in your fridge, and pretty much anything else you thought you needed a plastic bag for.

There's NO NEED to buy anything in plastic. The amount of packaging you can avoid DOES make a difference.

Ask an store employee if there is a particular item you would like in bulk, and they can probably order it.

Food co-ops usually offer near-wholesale deals on cases or large weights of items. Ask 'em.

If your grocer doesn't have a good bulk section or sell lose produce; complain, or switch stores.

4. USE CLIMATE CONTROL SPARINGLY

I'm writing this is the midst of oppressive heat wave, sitting on my patio with a fan and an ice pack tied to me. Doing everything I can think of to keep the AC OFF!

People are programmed to avoid discomfort at all costs (financial and environmental)

Sure, there's a point where extreme heat or cold is no longer bearable, and we are accustomed to using climate control. But, see if you can extend that window a little farther.

Turn your climate control OFF if you're not currently occupying a room.

((you can wait a few for it to heat/cool when you need the room again))

Keep your thermostat low, bundle up in the winter.

Try cooling off with an icy shower, ice pack, a swim, or a cold drink.

The goal is not to eliminate heat and air conditioning, but to reduce your use as much as possible.

And, again, it saves money.

5. BRING YOUR OWN CUP/STRAW/CUTLERY

After the sea turtle/straw video, people are totally getting on board with nixing the straw! It's so cool to witness people waking up. If we all have a little more awareness, we can collectively reduce single use plastic significantly.

See if you can remember to take a paper or metal straw with you instead of wasting plastic on beverages.

Ideally, bring your own entire cup to use for coffee/beverages out.

Get a set of bamboo or metal travel silverware and use when you're grabbing lunch at a cafe that uses plastic.

6. USE A REFILLABLE WATER BOTTLE

This one is HUGE.

I mean, they all are.

But this particularly amazes me, as I still see SO many people every day buying single-use plastic waters and beverages.

WHYYY? ?

Get yourself a good bottle (the insulated ones are the BEST) with a wide mouth for easy washing.

It may help you switch to exclusively drinking water, which is better for your health and your wallet. Win-win-win.

It's easy to remember to take mine with me every where, because I know I'll be thirsty and it's just a part of me now. Go ahead and invest in a stylish one, it's like the ultimate accessory.

Remember; metal, or glass are best. BPA-free plastic is okay.

7. KEEPING ELECTRICITY TO A MINIMUM

Turn lights off as you leave a room.

Keep em off during the day.

At night, try some dim mood lighting. It's great for getting in the sleep mood, too.

If you have an outside light, turn it off once every body gets home.

Only do full loads of laundry.

Line-dry when possible.

Unplug electronics once they're charged.

Unplug chargers when not in use.

Get an outlet timer to turn off your WiFi modem while you sleep, which also helps reduce EMF radiation. Again, better sleep!

Oh, and financially beneficial.

8. BUY CLOTHES MADE IN YOUR COUNTRY

Your clothes won't have to travel very far, and you're keeping local business alive.

Whether traveling by plane or ship, local is more environmentally conscious.

You'll probably be buying a product that will last longer, which saves you money.

You'll probably be buying a higher quality product, which will release fewer microplastics during washing.

A fleece jacket can emit 250,000 microplastic particles, right into the water supply.

That means you, and aquatic life, are consuming microplastics in dietary fish and drinking water.

9. DITCH PAPER TOWELS

You can reduce a huge amount of wasted paper by switching to rags for cleaning.

You probably have some old sheets, t-shirts, and towels around. Cut them up.

Rags clean BETTER than paper, are cheaper, and sustainable.

Also, a great use of ratty old clothes.

Just throw 'em in with your laundry every week, and you're good to go.

Also, stop using disposable paper plates, plastic cups, and the like. There is no need 99.9% of the time.

10. BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR SURROUNDINGS

People's general lack of stewardship for the environment we live in might be due to the bystander effect.

This is a sociological phenomenon that shifts responsibility from self to the general other.

It feels okay to leave the trash on your street because someone else will pick it up, right?

Nope.

Let's all be more responsible for the environment we share.

Just because some people are trashing it, doesn't make it right. I

n fact, that should light the fire inside you and call you to ACTION.

Oh man, I could keep going

But this is a good place to start. Yeah sure, if you're reading this you already know ALL the above information.

It's worth repeating, it's worth talking about, it's worth remembering.

What could you brush up on??

Set your intention, and make some changes towards a more environmentally responsible lifestyle.

The planet is totally worth it, and you'll save money.

Cultivating a kindness for our environment makes more compassionate people.

Isn't that worth it?

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