5 Ways to Impact the Earth: Eco-Friendly Life Hacks
In recent decades, the environment has received a ton of attention.
And it’s no wonder why.
8 million metric tons of plastic that ends up in the ocean could cover the entire world’s coastline (that’s an insane amount of plastic).
The Arctic sea ice is melting at a rate of 12.8% every 10 years - that’s 1.28% every year. In turn, that means that in less than 100 years, it could be gone.
And the world continues to warm up. Most notably, the ocean temperature has risen considerably in the last few decades.
It’s safe to say we are having an impact on our environment - whether we like to admit it or not.
But small changes by individuals could potentially make a big difference. So, what can you do to reduce your impact? What are some simple changes you can make in the comfort of your own home?
It’s time for you to harness a little bit of healing energy (the world needs it) and buckle up. Through a few mindfulness daily hacks, you can do your part and make this world a better place. Here are 5 ways you can impact the earth:
1. Embrace Natural Lighting
Raise your hand if you’re at fault of leaving your lights on during the day.
This is all too common. And yes, we all do it. Or you leave a room to go into another - only to forget to flip that light switch off as you leave.
During the day, open up the curtains! Allow that natural light to shine on through.
And at night, only use lighting that is necessary. For instance, you should only have the lights on in the room you are currently in.
Here’s another mindfulness daily hint: Invest in LED lights. They use less energy. And won’t only help out the earth - but they will save you money on light bulbs since they last longer.
You could also switch some of your electricity to solar lighting. This is becoming a more and more popular trend that is getting easier (and cheaper) to implement by the day.
Even just turning off your lights for 1 hour can save 1.22 pounds of CO2. CO2, carbon dioxide, is responsible for the heating up of the earth’s atmosphere. It creates too much greenhouse gases and traps the heat in - which is why we are seeing arctic ice melt at such a rapid pace. And if everyone were to do this, it’d save a ton. Every little bit counts!
2. Reuse! Reuse! Reuse!
Instead of tossing everything in the trash, reuse everything and anything you can. And don’t worry we’ve got a few mindfulness daily hacks to help you figure out how to do just that.
Try metal straws. How many plastic straws do you and your family go through? Consider buying reusable ones if that number adds up to a lot. There are even varieties available on Amazon - meaning you don’t even have to leave the house to make this change.
Bring a coffee mug with you every morning. Say goodbye to cardboard cups. Get your local coffee shop to fill up your reusable mug instead.
Reuse flyers or newspapers for gift wrap. A friend of mine did this for Christmas and it looked seriously cool. Plus, you and the gift receiver will feel good about it.
If you buy pasta sauces or other food items that come in glass mason jars, consider reusing these as well. They can become storage containers or may prove useful to hold baking materials, such as flour.
Start using your reusable shopping bags. I have a bad habit of leaving mine at home. But if we all got into the swing of things and started bringing them with us more often, there’d be a heap less grocery bags in the garbage dump than there is now. Commit to it (and I will too).
3. Start a Veggie & Herb Garden
This not only brings healing energy to the earth - but also to you. Gardening can prove to be very meditative and calming. By creating your own garden, you’ll also decrease your grocery store trips. In turn, you’ll be putting less carbon dioxide out into the world.
It also takes less energy to grow your own herbs and vegetables than it does for big companies to produce them. And you’ll have more fresh food on hand.
4. Don’t Run Your Laundry or Dishwasher Unless It’s Full
This one is a bit more of a restriction. But it makes sense. You don’t need to run a load of laundry for one pair of pants. Get out of the habit. If you really need that one clothing item, consider handwashing it instead.
Another way to save a little in this department? Run only cold washes. And hang your clothes out to dry as opposed to throwing them in the dryer. You could also do dishes by hand if you frequently don’t have enough for a full load.
5. Reuse & Fix Your Clothes
16.65 billion pounds of clothing waste is produced every year. In reality, these clothes could be donated or fixed. For example, you could get that small tear in your favourite shirt fixed. And if you don’t know how to sew, there is likely a tailor close by who can do the job for you. So, next time you go to toss a clothing item - think again.
Become a Steward (or Stewardess) of Your Environment
Use a little healing energy to help yourself and help your planet. It doesn’t take much effort - nor does it take a lot of time. It just requires a few mindfulness daily routines that are environmentally-conscious and aware. Take the time to get your household in order.
We only have one planet Earth. And no one else is going to fix our problems for us. Take it upon yourself to do your part.
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