Since Earth Day is right around the corner, we thought we would share with you some of the ways we stay environmentally conscious year-round! Keep reading for 10 small changes that do really big things in helping our Mother Earth.
1. Use Reusable Shopping Bags
It is estimated that up to 1 trillion single-use plastic bags are used around the world each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. 1 Most single-use plastic bags end up in the ocean to later be confused as food by many fish. But using a reusable bag will save money and resources, provide you with a cute and durable bag, and help save the environment! Check out our PURPOSEfull TOTES to find the perfect size and design for you!
2. Incorporate Reusable Straws into Your Routine
A second way to combat single-use plastic is by using a reusable straw! Reusable straws now come in many different materials, ranging from grass to stainless steel. They are easy to clean, portable, safe to use, unique, and contribute to less waste in landfills.
3. Use Reusable Cups
A third way to help cut down on single-use plastic is by using reusable cups. Many shops are now offering a discount to customers who bring in their own cups, which helps you save money and the environment.
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4. Ride a bike or walk.
Riding a bike or taking a walk can be very beneficial, not only for your health, but also for the environment. Instead of driving, we can help save depleting fossil fuels and also cut down on greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.
5. Use Public Transportation
Public transportation has many positive attributes to it. Not only do consumers save on car and insurance expenses, but they can also be safer using public transportation. And public transportation helps to reduce the need for fossil fuels and preserve natural resources.
6. Use Fewer Cow Products
The sad truth about livestock is that they release 100 kg of Methane gas per cow each year. This accounts for 18 percent of total greenhouse gasses released worldwide! Methane gas has been proven to be more destructive to our environment than CO2. Cutting down on meat and dairy consumption just a couple times a week could have a huge impact on the effects of global warming.
7. Cook at Home
When eating out, many single-use products are used, such as cups, straws, bags, utensils, and food containers. Swap out take-out with a home-cooked meal. Check out some of our favorite recipes on our blog or cookbooks to help you find inspiration.
8. Have a Clothes Swap
Gather all your friends at one location and tell them to bring clothes they don’t want anymore. It’s fun, social, and even better, it cuts down on the often harmful production of making clothes.
9. Go Anti – antibacterial
Antibiotics are meant to be taken when we are very sick, but they are not supposed to be in our hand soaps, hand sanitizers, or even cleaning products. While it may seem like a great idea to get rid of bacteria on the spot, it’s actually very harmful to us and the environment. Over time, these bacteria we are trying to get rid of grows immune to the antibacterial soaps, sanitizers, and cleaning products we’re using and eventually builds a resistance, which could lead to problems with our health and health in animals.
10. Buy Sustainable Goods
Buying sustainable goods is a great way to implement eco-conscious practices into our daily lives. The Little Market offers a variety of products that are sustainable, such as our hand-woven baskets made from locally sourced grasses, glassware made from recycled materials, serveware carved from olive wood and acacia wood, and gift boxes made from recycled materials! Just a simple change to buying sustainable goods goes a long way. Shop our collection of eco-conscious products.
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