In the past few years, I’ve really gotten into reducing my ecological footprint. And people joke about me trying to save the earth all on my own. Recently, an article came out about how we only have 12 years to start reversing the damage we’ve done to our planet. And while there are still a lot of people who don’t believe in global warming, they are a minority. And just because they aren’t trying to
These are some of the things I do (and that you could do
Going vegan isn’t for everyone and it’s fine if you still want to eat meat and dairy. But you could, in that case, at least try to cut down on your meat and dairy intake. I already wrote a post about why I went vegan and it definitely wasn’t for any environmental reasons.
Going vegan is one of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon and ecological footprint. Not only does it reduce greenhouse gases but it also reduces global acidification, land use and water use.
Use less plastic
I am nowhere near as extreme as those people that have two years of trash in one glass jar. I do still use plastic. But I try to limit the amount I use as much as possible.
- bring your own bags to the shops
- invest in a reusable coffee cup and bring that with you instead of getting a
take-awaycup every time. I’ve actually forbidden myself from buying coffee somewhere if I don’t have my own cup with me.
- go on Amazon or eBay, buy some reusable fruit/vegetable bags and use those instead of the thin ones they have in shops that break as soon as you put one apple in them.
Use a menstrual cup instead of tampons/pads
More and more women are starting to use menstrual cups instead of tampons/pads. I am one of them. I bought mine last year but only really actively started using it a few months ago. And I am never going back. Not only can you use a menstrual cup for up to ten years (think of how many tampons/pads you would be using in that time!) but they also feel cleaner. At least, they do for me.
The fashion industry has a horrible impact on the environment because, in most countries that our clothing is produced, they dump untreated toxic wastewaters directly into the rivers. That lead back to sea. The substances in this water are toxic for aquatic life and the health of millions of people living by those rivers banks is affected by this.
Find eco-friendly ways to travel
Another thing that you can also do to reduce your carbon and
These are all small things that you can do that are environmentally friendly. And a lot of people will say: “But I’m only one person. It’s not going to help so I might as well keep doing what I’ve always done.” And I can see the reasoning behind that. But doesn’t it feel better to know that you’re at least trying to make the world a better, healthier place?
Do you have any other tips for what you could do to save the environment?