If you want to help create a change, you have to change the way you live. The same goes for protecting the environment. We can’t keep living the way we have been if we want to help protect the earth. There’s actually a lot of things you can do that can help you live more sustainably, and not make any dramatic changes to your lifestyle.
Use a reusable water bottle. Water bottles take 1,000 years to biodegrade, and landfills are filled with two million tons of water bottles, according to the Water Project. One easy way to cut waste out of your life is to use a reusable water bottle instead of constantly using plastic ones.
Use reusable shopping bags, or reuse plastic bags. Limit the amount of plastic bags you receive by taking reusable bags to go grocery shopping. When do you get plastic bags, try to find a way to reuse them.
Buy more sustainable clothing. It’s difficult to completely make the switch over to buying only sustainable clothing, but buying from companies who use environment friendly practices and/or donate to environment-focused non-profits can go a long way.
Recycle. When you recycle though, you have to make sure it’s clean. If there’s food still somewhere on a container you just tossed, than most likely all of your recycling will be thrown away (it depends, though on what your local plant does).
Eat less meat. The meat industry is not great for the environment, and cutting down on how much meat you eat, is one of the best things you can do to make your ecological footprint smaller. Meat isn’t that great for you either (read more about why I’m a vegetarian here), and I know not everyone wants to give meat up completely, but going meatless for a day is such a simple way to decrease your meat consumption.
Stop leaving the lights on. When you leave a room, turn the lights off. Leaving the lights on all the time, even when you don’t need them, is a major waste of energy.
Use less disposable silverware and paper plates. This may be unavoidable at times, but if you’re just using paper plates because you don’t feel like washing dishes, stop being lazy. Same goes for straws too – buy some reusable straws that you can just throw in the dishwasher.
It’s easy to think that these little things won’t make a difference, but over time they will. Just be more conscious of all the energy you use, and the waste you produce. The more you pay attention to these things, the more you realize just how big your impact on the environment can be.