If there’s anything that our planet needs at this point, it’s definitely some (or a lot of!) love. Global warming is wreaking havoc on the planet, and pollution is increasing daily.
If most people continue to live with the mindset that one person cannot make a difference, then we’re not going to make any progress whatsoever. Your actions can and do make a difference, and this is why we’re going to tell you about how you can show some love to the environment and make an impact.
Reach Out and Volunteer
One of the easiest yet most effective things you can do is go out there and take action. You’ll find plenty of people trying to make a difference, so do some research and see if there is anything close by that you can sign up to do some volunteer work. If you live close to the beach, you’ll be sure to find people who go for clean-ups. The same goes for parks as well. This will help you feel like you are much more active in the process of taking care of the planet.
It’s time for you to become more conscious about the products that you use. All your toiletries and your cleaning products need to be more environmentally friendly. Use natural remedies for your skin, and opt for an organic option when it comes to shampoo. In the Shampoo Bar vs. Soap argument, you’ll find that shampoo bars are much better to use on your hair. It’s the updated version of shampoo, providing you with soft hair without the chemical and without having to use plastic. Cleaning can be done using organic products or even items that you can find in your pantry.
Recycle & Compost
You can pretty much recycle anything you own if you really think about it. Give away old clothes, toys, electronics, and even kitchen items to people who are less fortunate. Make it a point to have a separate bin for your food waste to have compost that you can later use as fertilizer. The truth is, most of the things that you usually throw away do have other uses, so it’s important that you educate yourself on how you can re-use everything that you get rid of to help lessen the waste on our planet.
Control Your Energy Consumption
We tend to lose sight of how much energy we actually consume on a daily basis. Make a conscious effort to unplug any electronics you’re using, use a normal kettle instead of an electric one, and invest in energy-saving appliances. Be aware of your water consumption, get a toilet that doesn’t take up too much water to flush, and turn off the water while washing the dishes or putting shampoo on your hair.
Support Your Local Providers
There is so much that goes into the transport of goods from abroad, and it really isn’t doing the environment any favors. Try to use more locally made products. Go to your local vegetable market, buy locally made items and clothes, and you’ll be saving the environment from a ton of pollution that would have gone into transporting any of these things from abroad. You’ll also be supporting your local business in a great way.
Bye Bye Plastic
This is one of the biggest issues plaguing the planet at the moment, so it is imperative that you take action to stop using it as much as you can. Plastic containers can be replaced with glass; when you go shopping, take a couple of tote bags with you, and try to move away from products that use plastic as their containers. Sometimes this is much easier said than done, but it is definitely doable and absolutely worth it.
Help Endangered Animals
According to statistics, there are over 41,000 animals that are considered to be an endangered species right now. This is a ridiculous number, and something has to be done. If you can afford it, try to find a charity that works towards protecting these animals’ habitats and ensuring that they are well taken care of. If you don’t have the funds, make it a point to stay informed and active in forums that create petitions to ensure their protection.
These 7 points are simple yet incredibly effective ways you can contribute to saving the planet. Every effort you make, and every change you implement into your life affects the world and your contribution matters. This is why it’s important to educate yourself and those around you about what you can do to show your love for the environment.