Luckily, you don’t have to quit your job and become a fulltime eco-warrior to help the earth, there are plenty of small changes you can make in your day-to-day life.
If you’re wondering how to help the environment, read on for some tips on being more sustainable…
1: Eating less meat
Methane gas caused by, um, farting livestock (don’t laugh, it’s the truth) accounts for a massive 18% of all man-made emissions. Then, there’s the massive amount of water needed to produce meat, especially beef. We’ve also lost vital biodiversity as the amount of land cleared for livestock grows across the globe, even in such vital ecosystems as the Amazon basin.
With alternative sources of protein getting better and more affordable, some predict that it’s just a matter of time before plant-based diets become the norm for humans. You can get ahead of the curve and help the earth by becoming vegan, vegetarian, or simply cutting down on meat. Many modern dieticians say that humans aren’t built to eat meat for breakfast, lunch and supper. And it’s estimated that 100 billion gallons of water each year would be saved if everyone in the US stopped eating meat once a week.
2: Buying local
Whether it’s meat or veggies, if it has flown halfway around the world to reach you, it’s generating a massive amount of greenhouse gasses in the process. Supporting your local growers, those that sell produce from their farms (or even their backyards), is a vital step if we’re all going to reduce our carbon footprints. Often, you’ll find that locally sourced food tastes better than more mass-produced options too.
3: Energy Awareness
Fossil fuels pollute our earth. You can cut down on them by choosing more sustainable energy sources, such as solar power, wind power, hydropower, biomass, or geothermal power. You can also become more aware of how much energy you’re using, by doing things such as turning off lights when they aren’t needed, letting your clothes dry naturally instead of using the drier, and buying appliances with good energy ratings.
4: Cutting down on plastics
Human beings have created 8.3 metric tons of plastic so far. If we don’t do something about this, we may see this number rise to 34 billion metric tons by 2050. That’s why Two Pillars uses food-grade silicone, which unlike single-use plastics, can be used over and over again. Check out our sustainable kitchen gadgets and see how you can help the earth while making your life easier here.
The lifestyle changes in this blog post may seem small, but if everyone on earth made these same small changes, they’d make a huge difference. Keep an eye on this blog for more suggestions on how to go green and reduce your carbon footprint. And remember to buy stuff that can be used again and again rather than relying on products made of single-use plastics.