Ways to live an Eco-friendly Lifestyle

Compost box Illustrated by Regina Humphrey / IG: regina_humphrey

Many people around the world are choosing eco-friendly lifestyles. Places around the world are seeing the effects of deforestation, air pollution, and climate change. In the United States, plastic pollution is a huge problem. Asian countries like India and Bangladesh are used for factory labor. The global pandemic doesn’t help the fact that our ecosystem is flourishing. More than ever it’s important to start eco-friendly habits. With one change, you are conserving nature and saving the planet from destruction.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

You may have heard of the three R’s in school: reduce, reuse, recycle. Well, it’s a good habit to have all the time. You can reduce what you use by limiting waste. Reducing and Reusing is one of the most effective ways to save natural resources, protect the environment and save money. It reduces greenhouse gas emissions that can contribute to climate change. Prevent pollution by reducing the need to harvest raw materials. For example: Instead of buying a water bottle for your gym class, get a reusable metal water bottle. That way, you won’t have to throw out the plastic. Also, think green before you shop. Before buying a product, look at the label and see how sustainable it is. Is it made from recyclable materials like paper, glass, steel? 

Canvas Bags

Canvas Bags are the latest shopping accessory. It replaces the plastic bags that used to bombard our grocery stores. Since we have a plastic pollution problem, most grocery stores have stopped using plastic bags. They are reusable, cost-effective, and convenient. It would be valuable to carry one with you whenever you go shopping at Trader Joe’s or some other retail store. You save money whether you go out and are great for distributing the weight of items. Besides, plastic bags are not as stylish and are tacky to carry around. Canvas bags are very biodegradable.

Start a compost

Composting uses organic matter to add to the soil to make plants grow. It’s also an easy way to reduce waste and lower the need for synthetic fertilizers. If you have a green thumb, composting will be a fun activity to try with your family and friends. Use fruits and vegetable peels, scraps, and rotten fruits and veggies in the soil. Don’t compost bones or scraps for meat, fish and poultry, and dairy products. Add as much compost as you see fit.

Eco-friendly furniture

Being eco-friendly means also taking care of the inside of your home. Take time out to redecorate your home with sustainable furniture. Finding the perfect furniture can be fun to shop for if you’re moving into your new home. Use an interior decorator for help, or shop with a close family member. There are a lot of online sustainable furniture companies to choose from. Some examples of eco-friendly materials are lightweight concrete, hand-welded metal, and old-growth wood from midwestern barns. Use ethical furniture brands like Etsy Reclaimed Furniture, Simbly, and West Elm to buy unique furniture. 

Go Vegan

Going vegan is a choice for people who don’t want animal-based products. This is optional for people who want to lose weight or change their eating habits. Some people go vegan because of the environmental benefits. Eating less meat may protect livestock and reduce the overall emission of GMP gasses. As a replacement, eat more seafood to cut back on heavy-meat products. The Pescatarian diet uses seafood as a great source of iron.

Sustainable Clothing

Sometimes what you wear affects the planet. We usually buy a lot of clothes without knowing how it’s made and where the material comes from. Brands like Fashion Nova use Asian countries to produce disposable clothing without looking at the harsh working conditions. Next time you buy a piece of clothing, read the tags behind it. Natural textures to consider are cotton, wool, flax, and silk. You can also shop at eco-friendly stores like Everlane or the H&M Conscious Collection. 

Final Thoughts

Living an eco-friendly lifestyle is an optional choice for everyone. Even though it’s not required, it would be beneficial for people to take some time out to be environmentally conscious. Climate change isn’t getting any better, and we need to take care of our ecosystem. Research ways to get involved even by just donating for fundraisers. Donate to the Nature Conservancy or  donate to fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena. 

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References:

12 Ethical & Sustainable Furniture Brands To D-Eco-Rate Your Home (sustainablejungle.com)

The US is one of the world’s biggest sources of plastic pollution – The Verge

Ten Easy Ways To Live A More Eco-Friendly Lifestyle – Wheels For Wishes

9 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas (ecofriendlystyle.com)

Help Stop Plastic Pollution | Ocean Conservancy

Reducing and Reusing Basics | US EPA

Think Green Before You Shop | US EPA

Composting: A Complete Beginner’s Guide (healthline.com)

20 Types of Materials – Simplicable

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