Yes, that was a dramatic headline. But it wasn’t overdoing it. We have a global crisis and the only way to fix it is to change our ways of living.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “I don’t wanna change my ways. I like my car, my clothes and my stuff and I don’t want to give it up just because the environment is changing a bit”. And I get it, I really do. But the environment is changing and that means more extreme weather, less snow in the winter, longer spring and fall periods, more storm and natural disasters… the list goes on. We’re lucky that the western world would feel climate change a whole lot less than the rest of the world, but it’s still happening and those who do feel it are the poor counties where they don’t have the infrastructure or money to prepare for it.
So what can you do? Sure, you’re not a politician who can change the laws of your country. But you are a consumer who speaks with your money and actions, and that’s something you can change. You can even inspire others to change, too!
Here’s a list of easy changes you can do in your day-to day life to start living more environmentally friendly i 3 steps!
1 Invest in a reusable coffee cup instead of getting a disposable for your morning coffee
We use and throw away a LOT of disposable cups, and it’s such a waste! Try investing in a nice reusable cup. Not only will it make the coffee easier to carry, it’ll keep it hot for you and a lot of coffee shops give discounts if you use your own cup! It’s a win-win!
2 Start bringing reusable shopping bags with you to the store
Plastic is very damaging for the environment, and it takes up to 200 years (!) to break down in nature! Reusable shopping bags are durable, washable and – you guessed it – reusable! You’ll never have to buy a plastic bag again!
Bonus points: You can also get reusable bags and nets for vegetables! This way, you don’t have to fill your vegetables in plastic bags that gets thrown away as soon as you get home. These bags are washable and lightweight and SO functional!
3 Stop with the single use plastic
This is a bit of a generic one. We use a lot of plastic that’s single use, from cutlery to plastic bags. To change this, try using reusable containers for your lunch rather than plastic bags. Or maybe you can start bringing a set of washable cutlery with you so you don’t have to use plastic? Or maybe invest in a reusable straw and stop using plastic straws? Or maybe just switch out your plastic bags with compostable ones. The opportunities are endless, and there are a lot of alternatives to plastic nowadays!
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