No matter if its meat, milk, cheeses or eggs, animal products have a huge negative effect on the environment. By being a vegan for one day per week you can save 4.000 l of water, 20 kg of grain, 3 m² of the forest, 9 kg of CO₂ and one animal life.5
Local food is fresher and often has more nutrients and fewer pesticides. By buying local food you also support the local economy and lower greenhouse gases emissions.8
Gardens are beautiful and calm down our thoughts,6 but it’s also the natural environment for insects that now disappear.
Cosmetics, beauty and cleaning products can contain heavy chemicals that harm the environment, can harm your health, be a reason for a change of hormonal levels, speed up the ageing process and even cause cancer. Some of the products you can make by yourself.
Single-use plastic such as plastic bottles, cutlery, packaging and plastic bags make up to 52% of the plastic waste and are the main cause of the increase of plastic production in the world.15 Nearly 80% huge amount of plastic ends up in the landfill or nature.
Multi-use cups and bags are one of the simplest ways to limit the use of single-use plastic. If you have your own with you, you can prevent their use.
The idea of organical, ecological and bio products is that artificial fertilizers, chemical or genetically modified products are not used during their production. It’s made naturally. Fairtrade products allow people who produce them to make their living in decent conditions. And if we want to prevent products like coffee, chocolate or bananas from complete disappearing from our shelves, we have to start shopping responsibly.
You can avoid a big part of waste if you prefer to buy things without plastic packaging. Upcycling clothes helps too. By donating or upcycling a single bag of clothes you have thus prevented 20 kg of greenhouse gases from polluting the atmosphere and saved 50.000 l of water.
Sometimes when we want something new we forget that we already have something for the same purpose. And sometimes we can even use those things for something new and better.
Recycling is a great way to reduce the number of complications for nature while still getting the same output. For example, recycling 1 ton of paper saves about 2.500 litres of diesel, 26.000 litres of water and 17 trees. And recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it.
Composting is a great way to process organic waste, which accounts for one-third of household waste. Composting improves soil quality, reduces the number and size of landfills and reduces the amount of chemical fertilizers used for soil.
We are used to the comfort of cars, but now we have cities full of cars and no space to park. Even though we can walk or take a bike to the office in the morning. Scientists say that every hour in a bike makes our life one hour longer23, saves 2500 g of greenhouse gases for every kilometre24 and creates 500 times less damage to the roads*25.
Company offices are part of the fourth-largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.9 Remote workers today have the same impact on air quality as planting a forest of trees. For example, people working from home in the US saved 3.6 million tons of greenhouse gases in 2017. Approximately 91 million trees would be needed to handle this amount of emissions.10 With today’s technology, most office work can be done remotely.
A simple way to reduce energy consumption is to switch to electronics that are energy efficient. For example, an A+ electric oven needs 40% less energy than a Class B electric oven.
Many of the devices we keep connected to the electricity daily even when we don’t use them, for example washing machine, TV, chargers. Even if it’s turned off, it’s in a “stand by” mode and keeps using the electricity. Therefore, it should be disconnected from the network completely.14
Roughly 3 millions of people die every year because of bad air as it causes strokes, cancer, heart attacks and breathing difficulties.21 22 By choosing a supplier that uses renewable energy you reduce the amount of fossil fuels and greenhouse gases in the air. At the same time, you increase the demand for renewable energy and lead other suppliers to address the issue.
Helping nature could be summarized as responsive behaviour. It is up to us and our daily decisions to either keep doing things the same or do something better.
Even if each one of us seems small compared to big corporations, our voices still matter. And if we collect enough of them together, things will start to change. Don’t feel embarrassed and be the leading example - share what you think is right and what’s not.
You’re not alone. Most likely there are groups of people around you that want to help the planet. Collaborate, join them, donate or help them with whatever you can. We have the same goal.
You already know how you can help. Now it’s on you to share it further.