How to be more Planet friendly without buying a Prius
The smallest changes can make the biggest impact, just like from little acorns large trees grow. So just because you don’t drive a Prius or something of the like, have solar panels at your house, or compost doesn’t mean you can’t make significant changes to help our planet.
Here are a couple suggestions you can incorporate into your daily life:
Get a plant. Keeping plants alive in your home and office helps produce oxygen that clears the air.
Conserve water. Take shorter showers, turn the water off while brushing your teeth, and use a broom instead of a hose to move the fallen leaves.
Recycling. There are about 269,000 tons of plastic pollution currently floating around in the world’s ocean. Take an extra minute to use your recycle bin because our local waste management has made it easy for consumers by separating it for us at a facility.
Reusable containers. Stay hydrated by bringing a reusable water bottle from home, bring your own coffee to go mug when visiting your local coffee shop, and store leftovers in glass containers instead of single-use bags. Whole Foods will allow you to bring your own food containers to the food bar. Just weigh the dish first and they will take the weight off the total food weight.
Carry reusable bags. When going to the market, out to eat, or shopping for goods bring a reusable bag. The best ones are those that can be washed and ones you can distinguish between so that you aren’t bringing your kids shoes home in the same bag as your salad. Don’t forget to have to produce bags handy too.
Buy well-made clothes. Wearing clothes that last longer than a season will help keep old threads from filling up landfills. When you’ve finished wearing them donate to someone in need or find a clothing recycling program. H&M offers a 15% off coupon towards your new purchase when you bring them a bag of donation clothes to be recycled.
Ditch the disposable napkins and towels. Use cloth napkins and washable rags for cleanups instead of single-use paper. In the end, you’ll save trees and water.
Say no to straws. The US alone uses 500 million straws daily which is an average of about 1.6 straws per person per day! If you must use a straw, try stainless steel, glass or reusable ones.
Meatless Mondays. A single 50,000-acre hog farm can produce more waste than all of Los Angeles. So taking one day to not have any meat greatly impacts a number of resources we use to fuel the meat industry.
Keep it paperless. Say no to receipts unless absolutely necessary or utilize email or texting receipts. You can also use e-tickets when attending a sporting event, concert or movie. By doing this you also lessen the option of leaving your ticket at home.
Use a candle or sunlight. So solar panels aren’t an option yet for everyone; that’s ok because natural sunlight is very beneficial to keeping your energy usage down and improving your circadian rhythm that greatly benefits sleep. Also, eating or ending your day with candlelight, preferably one that is soy or beeswax based with essential oils or unscented, creates a calming environment.
Lastly, transportation. Yes, a low emission vehicle is ideal, but even more so is walking, biking or carpooling. These are all good for your health and the health of the planet!