Lately, I have been on quite a major lifestyle shift. I have always loved and appreciated our beautiful planet, but have almost turned a blind eye as to what is right and wrong and what I can personally do to help. There are so many things we could collectively do to save our planet, but if we all tried everything at once it would be a majorly-overwhelming-sitch and everyone would give up. I have introduced these things gradually and so far have stuck to them. Here are 6 little ways to save our planet.
1. Reduce animal product consumption
According to Green America, livestock is responsible for 18 percent of our world global warming emissions. Each meat eater is responsible for 1.5 more tons of greenhouse gases than a vegan per year.
I personally think that everyone should consider consuming less animal products –
I was once one of them people who said “nope, I like meat too much. I’m never eating less!” and it is such an ignorant way to think. There are so many great meat alternatives these days that I genuinely think it’s a no brainer to eat less meat.
I went vegan for 2 weeks to try it out, I then stayed veggie for a month and now I eat predominantly plant based. Consuming less animal product doesn’t mean you have to go cold-turkey (excuse the pun). Even small steps like switching cows milk to plant based milk, or even having 1 or 2 meat-free days a week help more than you think!
2. Grow your own produce
I am the last person to ever even *try* gardening. I have no interest in gardening, I HATE bugs with a passion, and the whole thing just majorly stresses me out. However, I do love the idea of living sustainably and if I had the resources and time to, I would love to grow all of my own produce and raise livestock, too. But for now a little herb garden will do.
I use herbs every single day, and found myself buying the little packets from the supermarket every week – wasting money AND excessive use of plastic packaging. I figured I would start slow and steady and plant my own herbs – eventually I will branch out and grow some fruit and veg but we’ll see how it goes first.
3. Buy a bamboo toothbrush
I haven’t had a plastic toothbrush for about 3 years now. Bamboo toothbrushes are 100% biodegradable as opposed to plastic ones, which end up in landfill and can take around 1000 years to decompose. There’s a quote I really like “It’s only 1 toothbrush… said 8 billion people”. ‘Nuff said.
4. Stop. Using. Plastic. Bags.
In my opinion, this is one of the easiest life choices to make in order to save the planet. I choose to use a “bag for life” if I do need a bag, or if I get caught short and absolutely need to buy a plastic bag, I will make sure I reuse it time and time again until it is broken, and then I recycle it at my local supermarket “plastic bag” recycle bank.
5. Buy less
I mean this in general – and it’s something I could be a bit better at too… It is estimated that the clothing industry is responsible for 10% of global emissions. I am yet to get better at this, but get into the habit of buying what you can second hand. I have bought some lovely furniture second hand, in fact we got our Ikea shoe cabinet for something like £25 as opposed to £75…
It’s a win-win. You save money AND save the planet!! I need to start buying more clothes second hand, but I am very grateful to be gifted most of my wardrobe, so I don’t tend to buy much any more these days any way – I make a conscious effort to look on places like depop and vinted before logging onto a high-street store.
6. Stop buying plastic water bottles
This is one of the easiest steps, In my opinion. I got a nice stainless steel bottle a few months ago and I am obsessed with it! I fill it up around 10 times a day. It means I don’t have to fork out for a new water bottle every time, and I’m saving so much plastic.
By implanting these 6 little ways to save the planet, you make more of a difference than you realise. If every single person implanted these small, but important changes, the world would generally be a better place.