MAKING A BIG IMPACT WITH TINY FOOTSTEPS
As I’ve said many times before, caring for the environment is something very important to me. The problem that I’ve come to discover is that a lot of society seem to assume that being eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable is too much work.
But today, I’m here to prove you wrong! With a few small changes to your everyday life, you can make an impact greater than what you could possibly imagine.
It may seem like the adjustments aren’t making any difference, but think of it like this… Where is the negative in being kind to our planet?
We can change the world with just a few tiny steps, and I’m here to show you how!
No, this doesn’t mean growing out your armpit hair and throwing away your shoes (Unless you want to of course!), this simply means stepping away from the chemically processed products and switching to natural alternatives.
Biodegradable packaging, organic ingredients and all round naturally sourced items are not only better for the planet, but better for yourself too!
Check the Labels
Labels are very very sneaky. Not only do they mask harmful ingredients in food products, but also harmful materials in clothing items as well.
The very first step to making a positive influence in your actions is by being more aware. It’s very easy to stick to things that are easily accessible without much thought, but this is the worst thing we can possibly do as consumers. Being more educated on what you put in your body and what you put on your back is so important.
But it doesn’t just stop there! There are many products on the market that are made with harm – not harmful to your body as such, but literally created with harm. Animals, people and the environment are affected by every decision we make as consumers, and the easiest way to prevent this harm is by simply reading the labels!
Buy organic food, buy sustainably sourced materials, buy clothing that is sweatshop free, buy recycled goods, and buy from local sources.
Basically, stay away from the popular chains; they are a literal recipe for disaster!
Reduce Meat Intake
This is a very touchy topic for a lot of people, and although many like to say that eating meat has no impact on the planet – Unfortunately they’re simply choosing not to believe it!
The facts are clear, it’s essentially your decision to live by ignorance or by truth. And although I’m not going to tell you what you can and can’t eat, I will say that what you decide will inevitably make a huge impact.
If you’re a meat eater, reducing your intake can often be a little daunting. But, a very popular way to reduce how much you consume, is to have a designated day of the week in which you don’t eat any meat!
Eg. Meatless Monday.
This encourages you to care a little more for the planet whilst also improving your health – if you really want to make a positive change, you can slowly start to introduce more meatless days depending on what suits you.
I know very well that meat is such a huge portion of many people’s diets… But c’mon – It’s only one day a week!!!
Take a look at what you’re throwing out and make sure you put it in the right bin.
Purchase materials that are recyclable and non-harmful to our environment. Instead of filling up your bin with things that will go straight to landfill, fill up your recycling with things that will go to other amazing uses. Easy, right?
Say NO to Disposable Plastic
Plastic is basically the devil’s spawn.
It’s the most destructive material that humans have ever created. The problem is, that a lot of this plastic is only suitable for one-time-use and is often non-recyclable. So every little piece of plastic that is manufactured will stay on the earth forever; it’s non-biodegradable and can also release toxic chemicals into the human body, it entangles our wildlife and effects our earth in drastic ways. Not to mention the pollution that is created during its production…
As I said, it’s an awful, awful material. Although it may seem as though it’s impossible to avoid, it’s actually very easy; take re-usable bags, use metal straws and take your own water bottle.
Take only Pictures, Leave only Footprints
I know this is quite self-explanatory, but it’s also a message that is often entirely overlooked.
Humans negatively impact the planet in scales that are unimaginable. So no matter where you are in the world, I encourage you to do the opposite of what we have decided to call our norm.
We belong the earth, the earth doesn’t belong to us; let’s take care of it and try to leave every location exactly as it was found.
Spread the Message
Influencing the people around you is an incredibly powerful tool. When we can see the physical changes that are possible via our actions, we’re much more likely to introduce them upon ourselves too.
It’s important to remember, small changes really do make a big impact – We can change the world for the better!
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