Earth Day is an essential reminder to be aware of our impact on the environment. Environmental problems may seem out of our control, but we make choices every single day that directly affect Mother Earth.
Here are 6 simple ways you can help reduce your carbon footprint today and every day.
1. Shop local.
Be mindful of where you shop, and always choose to buy local produce to support the ecosystem. Start shopping at your local farmer’s market and ask the vendors where their produce is grown. Not sure where the closest farmer’s market is located? You can find it at Local Harvest.
2. Conserve water.
Due to pollution and drought, our fresh water supply is always diminishing. It’s estimated that 50% of all household water usage is actually wasted while we wait for it to heat up or through evaporation (yikes!) Be mindful of how and when you use water, whether that means planting drought-tolerant plants in your garden or taking shorter showers.
3. Avoid plastic.
The production and disposal of plastic bottles is notoriously harmful to wildlife and the environment. When you have the choice of a glass bottle or a plastic one, always choose glass. A great way to ensure you aren’t contributing to the problem is to purchase a reusable glass water bottle.
4. Bring your own bags.
A simple way of reducing waste is to bring your own reusable bags whenever you go shopping. Make a habit of keeping some in your car so you’re never without them on those last minute shopping trips. Even better? Opt for bags that are made from organic material, such as the Simple Ecology Organic Cotton Bag.
5. Drive less. Drive green.
Start by being aware of how much you use your car — and when you can cut back. Try walking or riding a bike instead to reduce your carbon footprint. Opt to carpool or share an Uber/Lyft with a friend instead of taking two cars. And, if you have the option, choose to drive a hybrid or electric vehicle.
6. Wear sustainable fashion.
The fashion industry can leave behind a huge environmental footprint from toxic dyes to the landfill impact of worn out clothes. Choosing to wear organic fabrics, such as Beyond Yoga Compression Lux made from 100% recycled fibers, can reduce the amount of carbon you give off and the chemicals you bring into your life.