There is a common misconception that having a positive, eco-friendly impact on our planet is costly or inconvenient but I’m here to tell you that simply isn’t true! There are loads of things you can do that don’t cost a thing and will make you feel better too.
Try some of these things and you will thank yourself:
Ditch the car or motorbike and walk to the shops/station/childcare/school/work/the pub/ your friend’s house… wherever! It is good for you, good for your family and friends, good for your mental health, good for the world! The more you walk, the better you feel and the less pollution you are contributing to the atmosphere so it is super eco-friendly!
Eat less meat!
The impact of meat farming on the environment is significant and there are lots of statistics out there on this topic. Did you know that 4/5 of the deforestation of the Amazon is due to cattle farming? Did you ever think about the grain needed to feed livestock and what it takes to produce it; pesticide, water, petrol, fertilizer etc. It would actually be way more efficient to feed people with that grain than the meat it produces. So, I know some people would find it very difficult to give up meat entirely, but cutting down or introducing a meat-free day of the week will still have an impact overall. And if you are still indulging, choose organic, pasture-fed when possible. Oh and by the way… over-indulging in meat is linked to a long list of health problems so cutting down is good for you too.
Grow some veggies at home!
Anything you can grow yourself (even a little herb garden) reduces the need to shop and deal with endless packaging and other environmental impacts associated with supermarket shopping. It is also organic and fresh and you get a great feeling of satisfaction when you are eating from your own garden each day. It is also healthy and saves you a lot of money once established.
Use less water.
Don’t leave taps running when cleaning teeth or doing dishes. Introduce a program at home of shorter showers. I always turn off water when I’m in the shower, lather up, and then turn back on to rinse. Put a bucket in the shower to collect overflow or those first seconds of cold water and use it to water your plants. Shallow baths are also a good idea. Wear clothes more than once before washing (hey, I know I guy who never washes his jeans and swears by it!). Sun-dry clothing as much as possible.
Start a little compost bucket in the kitchen and empty into a compost area outside. This helps to conserve landfill space and actually saves water too by holding water in the soil. Less watering of the garden! If you live in an apartment and don’t have an ‘outside’, you could try a compost bucket in the kitchen and then use the compost for a little balcony garden of herbs and veggies.
So if you are just starting out on your eco-friendly lifestyle, try these tips and you’ll be reducing your impact in no time.