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22 things you can do every day
to help protect our planet

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We’ve made this simple list of things to remember every day that change starts from all of us and it doesn’t have to be about anything huge. A little step every day is enough to leave the planet for our children in the same condition we’ve got it, or even better.

Nature, water and food

#1

Save water

Save water

A couple of simple tricks can save up to 207 l of water every day. It doesn’t only help to save drinking water needed for our survival, but also our money.1 2 3 4

  • Close the tap while brushing your teeth (saves ~25 l)1
  • Close the tap while washing your hands (saves ~22 l)4
  • Use dishwasher or close the tap while washing dishes (saves ~60 l)2
  • Prefer showering over taking a bath (saves ~100 l)3

#2

Limit consumption of meat and animal products

Limit consumption of meat and animal products

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

  • Avoid eating meat one day per week
  • Use oat, soy or nut milk instead of cows milk

#3

Buy local food

Buy local food

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

  • Buy products from local farmers, for example on farmers markets
  • Pay attention to the origins of products in supermarkets and choose the closest ones
  • If you have a possibility, grow vegetable and fruits by yourself

#4

Support the natural environment

Support the natural environment

Gardens are beautiful and calm down our thoughts,6 but it’s also the natural environment for insects that now disappear.

  • Grow more plants at home and in your office
  • Cut gardens less often (it’s the perfect environment for insects)
  • Consider creating permaculture in your garden, backyard, or in front of your house

Consumption

#1

Save paper

Save paper

46% of the forest on our planet is already gone.17 The number keeps growing because of the growth of paper use, which won’t be possible to maintain long-term.18

  • Don’t print when unnecessary
  • Use digital account statements, invoices and other similar documents
  • Put “No junk” sticker on your mailbox
  • Buy recycled paper
  • Use digital devices to make notes

#5

Avoid dangerous chemicals

Avoid dangerous chemicals

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.

  • Use natural cosmetics
  • Use ecological and environment-friendly cleaning products

#6

Avoid using throwaway plastic

Avoid using throwaway plastic

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.

  • Buy in shops that don’t use packaging
  • Or buy products that are packed in glass or paper
  • Don’t use plastic cutlery etc.

#8

Bring your own bag and bottle/cup

Bring your own bag and bottle/cup

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.

  • Take your own bag or backpack to shops
  • Take your own mug or travel bottle to coffee shops
  • Have a bottle with you to get water from the tap anywhere you are (if it’s drinkable in your country)

#9

Be conscious about what you buy

Be conscious about what you buy

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.

  • Buy organic coffee
  • Buy clothing from organic cotton
  • Prefer fair trade and bioproducts
  • Buy environmentally-friendly diapers

Waste

#10

Reduce waste

Reduce waste

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.

  • Buy things that you can reuse
  • Be creative in finding a way how to reuse something instead of using it once
  • Donate clothing that you don’t use

#11

Find a new way of using old things

Find a new way of using old things

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.

  • Fix broken things
  • Try to use things for longer before getting rid of them or getting a new version
  • Use both sides of a paper
  • Reuse packing paper
  • Buy on markets or in second-hand
  • Exchange things with others

#12

Recycle

Recycle

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&nbsptrees. And recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it.

  • Recycle paper, plastic, glass and metal
  • Recycle batteries

#13

Compost

Compost

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.

Energy and transportation

#14

Use your car less

Use your car less

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.

  • Go to work by public transport, or even better - by foot or bike
  • Go to restaurants, shops and use services in your area to travel less

#15

Work from home

Work from home

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.

  • If your job allows, work from home at least once per week

#16

Use energy-efficient devices

Use energy-efficient devices

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.

  • Use energy-saving light bulbs
  • Use rechargeable batteries
  • Use a laptop instead of a desktop computer
  • When buying electronics choose by the energy class

#17

Turn off devices and lights that you don’t use

Turn off devices and lights that you don’t use

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

  • Turn off the light when you’re not in the room
  • Turn off your computer during the night
  • Disconnect washing machine from the electricity when not used
  • Use an extension so you can disconnect many devices at once

#18

Consider changing your energy provider

Consider changing your energy provider

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.

  • Check out whether your energy provided supports renewable resources
  • Consider using your own renewable energy sources such as solar panels or heat pumps

People and community

#19

Educate yourself

Educate yourself

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.

  • Find a way to use your job, hobby or other activity to contribute to the ecology
  • Learn about the environmental impact of the products you buy (eg. palm oil)

#20

Be open about what you think

Be open about what you think

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.

  • Contact your favorite brand and demand sustainable production.
  • Tell your employer how they can contribute to sustainability in the orgnaization of the workplace.

#21

Join others

Join others

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.

  • Find organizations in your area that deal with a topic that is close to you (water, food, waste, plastics, consumption etc) and support it

#22

Share it with others

Share it with others

You already know how you can help. Now it’s on you to share it further.

  • Share 22ways.org with your family, friends and colleagues