Simple ways to help the environment
I’ve been constantly reminded about the health of our planet lately and thought I change things up a bit for today’s blog post and talk about something I find we should all be aware of–the environment!
Everyday I see so many concerning issues revolving around the health of our oceans, the quality of the air we breathe, and the overall impact we are having on our planet.
Honestly it’s daunting, and what needs to be done is so monumental it leaves me feeling helpless.
To be part of the solution, rather than the problem, I thought I would raise some awareness and share some of the things I do to help minimize my impact.
If thousands, preferably millions of us were to do these simple lifestyle changes the earth would be so much better off. Here’s my shortlist of what I do regularly.
Make reusable bags a habit
The less plastic that goes into the environment the better. Most plastic bags go straight into our landfills and oceans. This has a huge negative impact on wildlife and marine life creating a chain reaction that affects the overall health of our ecosystems and water supply.
One simple solution is to use reusable bags more often and to say no to more plastic bags.
Use glass straws
Did you know all plastic straws end up in landfills and in the oceans? The problem is they are not recyclable or biodegradable instead they introduce more toxins to our soils, water, and oceans and stick around for hundreds of years. Glass straws are a thing if you didn’t already know and a great alternative to plastic ones. They are fairly cheap, reusable and recyclable.
Use reusable water bottles or thermos
Using reusable items like water sport bottles and or thermos does wonders and reduces the amount of plastic and junk that goes into our environment. The more we can reuse the better.
Change your driving habits
Find other ways to get around your city. I only use my car if I need to travel large distances and that’s not too often at all. If I need to get around in the city, most of the time I take my bike or hop on public transportation to get around, especially on short trips. This makes a hec of a difference in minimizing your carbon footprint.
Save water and energy
A lot of water is wasted so be aware of how you utilize it. We often take it for granted because of its accessibility and availability but we need to show more appreciation for clean water because we are blessed to have such abundance in Canada.
Some simple changes we should all adapt on the daily is to turn off the faucet and not let the water run. Sounds simple enough, but you would be surprised how many people disregard this simple action.
Another thing is to wash your clothes with cold water instead of hot. I honestly don’t remember the last time I used hot water to do laundry. This saves energy and reduces your costs–so it’s a win-win.
Are you guys concerned about the environment? If so, I’m curious to know what you guys do to help minimize your impact. Let me know what you guys think in the comments below.