Becoming more eco-friendly is not just about reducing the amount of plastic that we use, nor is it just making sure that we re-cycle or re-use items as much as possible, there are so many other things we can do to help the environment and reduce the impact that we have on it, and there are ways that we can help other earth inhabitants to not just survive but to thrive too. And each little step we take to help our environment goes a long way towards helping us and Earth to survive.
Earth Day, this year, was about raising awareness, and putting into action, plans to Protect Our Species, from tiny insects to larger animals, and there are so many ways we can do our bit to help.
Bees are one of the many declining insects in our world, without them and other insects, we would have no food supplies, we rely on these little creatures to pollinate crops that give us our food. With no insects we would have no corn, no salads, no crops, no coffee…nothing. We can help to increase their numbers in lots of different ways – planting bee friendly plants and flowers, encouraging insects into our garden spaces by making insect houses and reducing our use of pesticides. There is plenty more that we can do from inside the house too, things like reducing the amount of aerosols we use, a good example is to switch from spray canned antiperspirants and using block deodorants instead (I’m especially fond of Lush’s Sunflower Deodorant), using less harsh chemicals when cleaning our homes by making our own cleaners or choosing products that are less harmful to the environment.
Being a more conscious shopper can also help the environment. Choosing to source and buy more local produce will lead to less carbon emissions, support the local producers and encourage them to plant more crops which, in turn, will encourage more wildlife to stay in the area and survive. Think about how far the items you buy have had to travel to get to you and take steps to reduce the mileage travelled by each product you buy.
Choose products that will last longer, opt for garments that have been made from materials that are not as harmful to the environment, and where possible, try to steer clear of fast fashion or outfits that you may use only once. If clothing is ripped or has a hole, opt to mend it rather than replace, and if a garment is dirty or stained then learn the tricks and tips to get stains out rather than add it to landfill. If that isn’t possible then see if you can salvage parts of it and re-make into something else you can continue to wear or use for a time.
Reduce food waste, create a meal plan and buy only what you need. If you cook too much food for a meal see if you can use it in another meal or have the leftovers for lunch the following day. i regularly have pasta and will then have it cold the following day for lunch with a salad. Freeze leftovers and have them at a later date if you don’t fancy eating it the following day. If you have foodstuffs that are nearing their expiry date and you know you are not going to use them up, see if friends and family would like to have them instead, or, see if you can invite friends and family over and use the items in a feast.
There is so much more that we can be doing for the survival of all species if we just use our brains more and think about what we are doing. I’m sure that there are lots of other ways we can become more eco-friendly. What tips do you have? Let me know in the comments….