It is no surprise that we are in dire need of taking care of our environment. The alarming data and depletion of resources can be overwhelming and makes it tricky to figure out where to start to help. And while three-quarters of Americans claim to be concerned about the environment, only 1 in 5 say they are conscious about reducing their carbon footprint and overall impact.
Knowledge is power, right?
Lucky for us, it’s all about learning.By learning the little things to slow down harm towards the environment, we can regain the power to create positive change for our planet. Always learning here and challenging ourselves to get better, fam – ALWAYS.
1. Reduce food waste: In America, we spend so much time talking about much food we eat but don’t hear enough about much food Americans don’t eat. In the U.S., we throw out about a pound of food, per day per person, aka 20% of the food on our plates gets trashed. That 20% could feed 2 billion people per year. Another tip for reducing food waste is to make a plan for the grocery store to avoid buying food that you know will either sit in the fridge or you know you’ll eventually just throw away. You can also donate to food kitchens and help your local community more than you may know.
2. Use less food packaging: Bad news alert. While the U.S. has one of the safest food supply’s in the world due to food packaging, it also makes up almost two-thirds of the total packaging waste in the U.S (aka yogurt containers and protein bar wrappers galore!). The bad news continues: this means a whole lot of waste in landfills and more methane released. Some tips to help: forego the forks! When ordering in or to-go, try to forego using plastic utensils whenever possible. Your trash doesn’t need to be small enough to fit in a small container or mason jar, but being cognizant of how large your trash and making the effort to decrease its size next trash day can make all the difference.
3. Eat local: Eat foods from your local community to help decrease the travel and energy from farm to table. Plus, what’s not to love about supporting local?
4. Read your ingredients: Get ready for your jaw to drop. The FDA doesn’t regulate ingredients in most personal care products such as make-up, cleansing products, perfume, lotions, your little to-go hand sani, etc. If you can’t pronounce it or find its origin easily, it’s probably not safe for you or the environment.
5. Ditch the bottle: And no, not talking about wine here. But we’ve all been there. You just crushed a sweat-drenching workout at the gym, your water bottle is empty but the water fountain looks like it’s covered in saliva, plus something else (not at TBC, of course). The easiest solution is to buy a bottle of water. Challenge yourself to steer clear of disposable water bottles (even when it comes to reusing them – it’s hard to fully clean them). Get yourself a large BPA water bottle. Trust us, it’s okay to be that person.
6. Recycle properly: You might think you know how to recycle properly, but those batteries that you just threw in the recycling bin along with your old print outs = #nope. Take a couple of minutes to read the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s tips for common recyclables.
7. At home:
–Switch dishwasher soap to something biodegradable and plant-based.
-Unplug appliances/devices before you leave
-Use your windows for light and air when possible
-Eat less meat
-Use cotton dishtowels instead of paper towels
Helping to slow down the damage to our planet seems like a larger-than-life task, but if we all start somewhere and implement small changes, think of what we can do. Learn with us this August and committ to going green!