Posted by Terra's Kitchen on Tue, Nov 27, '18
There’s no debating the fact that most of us could be living more sustainable lifestyles. From large, inefficient vehicles , to daily coffee habits that add plastic pods and cups to landfills each day, small personal impacts roll up to serious global issues. Try making these these small changes in your life to get started. You don’t have to do everything at once, and you don’t have to be perfect to start setting a good example and making a positive impact.
1. Eat Less Meat
Reducing your meat-based meals per week is a super-simple way to get started. Raising livestock for food requires a large amount of land and water, plus animal agriculture is responsible for a great deal of our greenhouse gas emissions. Whether you choose to eat vegetarian lunches or to commit to #MeatlessMonday, eating more plants and less meat is an easy, and delicious way to help out.
2. Choose Renewable Energy
Almost everything we use these days requires some type of power. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to power everything from your devices to your entire home using clean and renewable energy sources. If you own your home, consider getting a quote for solar panels. The financial investment will pay off in just a few years and you’ll probably be surprised by how affordable solar can be.
3. Buy Second Hand
While it’s gratifying to buy something new, our current consumption habits just aren’t sustainable. Everything from fast fashion to cheap plastic toys eventually ends up in a landfill or worse, the oceans. Break the cycle simply by buying second hand whenever you can! With a little patience you'll find some awesome stuff in vintage shops, thrift stores or even websites like ThredUp or eBay. Look for well-made products and brands . They’ll have plenty of life left for you, their second owner.
4. Reduce Packaging Waste
Pre-packaged and preserved foods made huge impacts in the past 150 years. Unfortunately though, an innovation that started to make life easier has evolved to become ultra-wasteful. Today, most products are packaged in single-use plastics that are not easily reusable or recyclable. To combat this, consider buying fresh foods that don't need packaging or bring your own reusable bags, jars and containers to transport your purchases. You can also look for companies that are proactively helping to reduce waste. For example, at Terra’s Kitchen, we ship our orders in an eco-friendly shipping container that's reused up to 100 times.
5. Conserve Water
Clean water is one of the main resources that is required to sustain life on this planet. Think about it, we’re exploring the solar system as far as Mars just to find another planet that might have water, now that’s rare! Fresh water isn't an unlimited resource and so we need to conserve our usage. You can limit your water consumption by doing easy things like turning off the tap when you’re brushing your teeth, watering your lawn less (or not at all!), or even reusing grey water for things like flushing the toilet.
6. Walk, Bike,Transit or Carpool
Inefficient transit is really bad for the environment. If you’ve ever seen a California freeway, you definitely know what we're talking about! Car exhaust can be minimized simply by carpooling, ride sharing or choosing alternate transportation methods like walking, biking or even taking public transit. These other transportation methods are not only fun, but they’re often less stressful than sitting in traffic alone and good exercise!
7. Shop Locally
There are tons of environmental benefits to shopping at local businesses. First, your drive time will be way shorter and oftentimes you can walk or bike to these small, locally-owned shops. If you’re buying food, chances are it was grown or processed nearby. This minimizes the carbon emissions associated with sourcing and transporting goods from far away. You’ll also be supporting your local community which is a win-win!
If your job allows it, try telecommuting a few days each week. Not only will you save time on your commute, but you’ll also save gas money and reduce your emissions. Working from home a few days each week is a good way to see if telecommuting is a good option for you.
Of course these aren’t the only ways to get started, there are many other ways you can reduce your environmental footprint. If you’re ready to get started, check out our partner, Solar America, for a free quote and to see how much you can save with solar panels on your home.
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