Earth Day: What you can do!
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The first Earth Day was in 1970 when the United States Senator Gaylord Nelson proposed it as a way for the American people to bring environmental concerns to the attention of the U.S. Congress. Now, more than thirty years later, Earth Day is acknowledged by people all around the world as a way to celebrate our planet and recognise the small things we can do every day to reduce our environmental impact. In celebration of Earth Day, we’re sharing some tips for making small changes in your everyday life that are sure to make an impact.
Today, billions of pounds of plastics can be found in swirling convergences making up approximately 40% of the world’s ocean surfaces (that’s 144 million km2). Earlier this week, the UK announced that they were banning plastic straws, cotton swabs and other items to reduce plastic waste. For the rest of us, cut down on your plastic waste by simply refusing single-use plastic straws, plastic water bottles and plastic bags—refuse straws with your drinks, bring your own water bottle, and use reusable grocery and produce bags—the three easiest actions. If possible, avoid products made from or packaged in plastic.
Back to Basics
You may have overheard the phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle” one too many times, but it’s as important today as when it was first coined. Everything we purchase has an environmental footprint, so before you buy, ask yourself if you truly need it. If you do, consider all options including second-hand and vintage, and look for brands that produce more sustainably and transparently, who are local to where you live, and who use minimal packaging and shipping materials.
According to a NASA-led study, many of the world’s freshwater sources are being used faster than they are being replenished. Water demand globally is projected to increase by 55% between 2000 and 2050, making water conservation a critical problem for everyone and everything. But this doesn’t mean we can’t do anything to help. To conserve water, take shorter and colder showers; choose low flow and low-water appliance options; refuse bottled water; provide habitats and food in your backyards for birds and bees.
75% of energy consumption in apparel happens after it is purchased, so for the sake of the Earth (and the integrity of your clothing), we always recommend hand-washing your garments. But in case you do use a machine washer, consider washing your clothes with cold water more regularly. Choose washing detergents that are more conscious of their environmental impact and seek out where to buy in bulk to avoid plastic packaging. Also, hang drying your clothes saves the need for a machine drier or an iron or steamer.
Bye, Bye Carbon
Changing your driving habits can dramatically reduce your carbon footprint (no surprise there). Walk, bike, carpool, or use public transport as much as possible, and make sure that your car is regularly tuned—tune-ups can increase fuel efficiency up to 40%.
Meat production is one of the most environmentally damaging industries on the planet; it’s responsible for pollution, habitat destruction, and massive amounts of water use. By reducing your meat consumption, you can also reduce your carbon footprint.
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