With World Environment Day having just come and gone (June 5th), it’s time we reflect a little on our own little footprint on what’s happening around us, and how we can play a small but nonetheless significant role to help out. Not everyone has the power, patience or perseverence to change the world single handedly, but we can certainly all play our own small part. So what are some of the ways we can help? What changes can we bring in our own lives that help impact the environment in a positive way? We’ve got some great ideas for you.
No Plastic Bags
As state governments are slowly getting behind this policy one at a time, it’s high time everyone got onto the bandwagon all on their own. Keep a few cloth bags folded in your purse/bag at all times, for whenever you go shopping, and help out the environment!
Brush those teeth!
Brushing your teeth twice a day is great, but most people go through 2-5 toothbrushes every year. Unfortunately, toothbrushes are made from, you guessed it, plastic! You’re hardly expected to use dental sticks though. So what’s the alternative? Bamboo toothbrushes! Easily available online, though slightly pricey, they are certainly better for the environment as they are definitely bio-degradable.
Say no to plastic straws! Did you know that in the US alone, it is said that each person uses, on average, over 100 straws every year? Multiply that by the number of people, and that’s a whole lot of plastic in the landfills and ocean. Metal straws are here to save the planet though, one drink at a time. They small and light enough to carry around in your bag, or even in your pocket! There are even collapsible options available, that can fit into wallets.
Every home has trash bins, but every home should also get a compost bucket! It’s a great way to get rid of all your bio-degradable waste, and if you have a garden, it’s a fantastic (and much cheaper) option for fertilizer. While it does admittedly take a few tries to get the method down pat, it’s totally worth it in the end.
Write the right way!
Are you someone who’s constantly jotting down notes, and creating to-do lists? Instead of using notepads, scraps of papers, or even post its, you’ve got two great environment friendly options for you! The simplest one is obviously to just jot those points down on your phone. But if you like the process of writing things down, and crossing things off a list (there is joy there, trust us), then you too have a great option. Reusable notebooks have laminated pages that you can just wipe off when done (think white boards), so you don’t need to keep piling up waste paper in your trash bin! Talk about win-win!
Whether you opt for only one of these options, some of them, or even all of them, all’s good. Just remember, that no matter how small your contribution, no matter how small the difference you bring in your lifestyle to accommodate the needs of the environment, every single small step or action makes a difference. You ARE helping. Don’t let anyone tell you different.