5 steps towards saving planet earth
| Dhaval Tanna
If you want to work towards saving planet earth, it may feel as if it’s impossible to know where to begin. With so many challenges to address, from plastic pollution to climate change to over-consumption, you might be wondering what steps will lead to the real change we need.
Fortunately, the first big step in the right direction is individuals making smart choices and changing their behavior, which means it’s within your power to make a real difference!
If you’re keen to stop pollution, slow climate change and help the planet, follow these 5 steps towards saving planet earth:
Step 1: Use and consume fewer resources
It’s simple: the less you use and consume, the less pollution and damage to the environment. Whether it’s turning off lights to lower the amount of energy coal power plants need to produce or bringing your own bags to the grocery store to avoid plastic bags, consuming fewer resources is a major boost to the planet.
As you go throughout your day, try to identify times when you consume extra resources or could live more eco-friendly. Making your shower a few minutes shorter, riding a bike or using public transportation to get to work and bringing a reusable coffee cup to your office can have a major environmental impact with minimal impact on your lifestyle.
Consumption can hide many sources of environmentally damaging behavior. Are you purchasing cheap clothing items that will only last a few months and need to be thrown away soon—or are you buying sustainable, long-lasting items that won’t be recycled for years? Can you get another year out of your smartphone and put off buying a new product that’s packaged with loads of unnecessary plastic? Can you choose products that come from sustainable production practices or shop at stores that allow you to buy in bulk and use your own reusable containers?
Making these changes may feel different at first but, very quickly, they will become habits that help you save planet earth—and you never know who you’ll inspire to follow your example.
Step 2: Reuse items to lower landfill use
There are, of course, certain items we have to buy no matter what, but that doesn’t mean we can’t put them to good use before they end up in a recycling pile. With only a few minutes and some imagination, you can give items a second life and cut back on pollution.
Using vinegar and yesterday’s newspaper, you can keep your windows sparkling clean. Cut up old t-shirts and use them in place of paper towels in the kitchen. Turn empty metal cans into flower planters. Make your meal prep a snap by packing food in clean pasta sauce or jam jars.
See what clever and creative ideas you can come up with to reuse and repurpose items. Each time you find a new use, it’s a reward for your creativity—and planet earth.
So, what should be done with anything you can’t reuse? Continue to Step 3!
Step 3: Recycle and compost everything you can
When you find yourself with an item that has reached its end and cannot be repurposed, recycling is an environmentally friendly option that will lead to its next life in another product.
Whether it’s glass bottles, plastic packaging, newspapers or aluminum cans, recycling these items keeps them out of landfills.
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The big bonus? Recycling means less production of the raw materials in the first place. The more paper you recycle, the fewer trees need to be cut down. The more aluminum you recycle, the less mining that’s required to create new aluminum. This all adds up to fewer trucks running their engines, fewer ships transporting raw materials around the world and more efficient consumption overall.
Curious if an item can be recycled or not? Use this handy guide!
Recycling may come as no surprise when talking about steps to help the planet, but composting as a solution may surprise you. Why does composting food and yard waste matter? Not only does it prevent more waste from ending up in landfills, but it also prevents methane and other harmful gases from building up and harming the climate. Methane, which eventually escapes from the landfill, damages the atmosphere and contributes to smog.
The good news? Because methane has a much shorter life than carbon dioxide, changes to how we handle compostable material will have a major effect on climate change. The even better news? Many cities around the world are taking composting seriously and offering composting pickup or dropoff schemes, so find out if your city has joined the composting revolution.
There are, of course, items that cannot be reused, composted or recycled. Always be sure to dispose of items like used electronics, plastic bags, paint and hazardous material through programs or drop-off centers that know how to handle disposing of these items.
Step 4: Buy food locally
A weekend farmers’ market isn’t just a sign of a happy city, they’re also foundational elements for saving planet earth! Buying food locally can have a major benefit to the environment and economy.
When you buy local, in-season produce you’re keeping your carbon footprint small. After all, that potato doesn’t need to travel 2,000 miles if you can buy it just down the road. When you’re supporting a farmer that produces food locally, it means less environmental damage from the packaging and transport of materials—plus a boost to your neighbors’ wallets!
So, what if your city or town doesn’t have much in the way of local agriculture? Try to find food items made by companies with sustainable business practices or that give back to the environment through donations and activism. When in doubt, choose food that required as little transportation and packaging as possible!
Step 5: Get active and involved
When it comes to saving the planet, Gandhi said it best: be the change you wish to see in the world. Becoming active in saving planet earth and investing your own time and energy may be one of the most effective ways of fighting climate change and pollution.
Fortunately, getting involved is easier than ever. Trash cleanup efforts like World Cleanup Day and local pollution control events can be organized by most anyone. They’re putting power into the hands of anyone with free time and a willingness to help.
Whether you get involved in a formal cleanup or grab a bag and start cleaning up your neighborhood, it’s easy to make an impact and set an example for others. Want to be inspired? Check out the #trashtag challenge that is hitting social media!
But there’s still more you can do to make a difference and save planet earth!
Making your voice heard via social media or letter writing builds awareness within companies and governments that people are paying attention to environmental policies and actions, plus alerting them to the challenges and solutions they may not otherwise be aware of.
The fact is companies do respond to this pressure, from Nike to Kimberly Clark to Lego who have all made changes to their business practices after facing pressure and backlash.
Additionally, you can use your money to make a statement by supporting only eco-friendly and environmentally-savvy companies that make planet earth a priority.
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Whether you buy items for yourself or others, ultimately your purchase is for Mother Earth! Shop now.