“It’s up to us to make personal changes to protect our planet and not rely solely on the governments.”
I have an uneasy feeling whenever I throw food packaging in the bin. Yes, it’s a recycling bin but the amount of plastic I throw away just doesn’t feel right. The world seems chaotic. With the natural disasters, political mayhem and general intolerance to each other. I feel like we’re facing difficult times and the universe is giving us a taste of our own medicine. For years I’ve heard environmentalists warning the governments about the effects of climate change. I don’t know about you but I’m not waiting for anyone. There’s power in numbers and we are the one’s to make the changes by the decisions we make.
“If we question our daily choices we become a part of the conversation to protect our planet.”
Money makes people greedy and that’s a problem. There are huge companies throughout the world making a ton of money selling us (non essential) products that destroy our planet. They hide the damage they are causing because they want us to keep spending. We buy these things because they make our lives more convenient. This way of living is so ingrained in us that we often don’t question it. When we become informed we can decide if we want to contribute to the planet or continually harm it.
Take a tote. I first mentioned this in my post How To Pack Light. When I’m traveling or heading to the shops I always pack a couple of tote bags. They are super lightweight and make a greener and cuter alternative to plastic shopping bags.
Out and about…
A reusable water bottle. I recently got a stainless steel water bottle that keeps drinks hot or cold. It’s perfect for storing hot tea during the winter or water during the summer. You can easily find water fountains in most cities to fill up throughout the day.
In the kitchen…
Single use plastics such as cling film (cellophane) and particularly wasteful. At home I use jam jar’s or mason jars to store foods in. A tea towel or soy wax paper are good alternatives for wrapping sandwiches or other foods.
In the bathroom…
I forgot that cotton buds (q tips) contain plastic. Places like whole foods or health food shops offer alternatives using a recycled cardboard stick instead of plastic. I stopped using face wipes a long time ago because they do nothing for anyone’s skin. They also end up in land fills alongside cotton pads. A good old flannel wash cloth or a muslin cloth will do the trick.
That’s my first step and I plan to keep on going because more needs to be done.
Cutting out single use plastics and other wasteful containters is super easy. It’s a tiny step that makes a big difference but we need to keep going. Please join the conversation and add any ideas or opinions to help our planet and the animals we share it with.
To find our more about climate change and what can be done visit Green Peace.