5 Simple Life Tweaks to Help the Planet

We may not be able to singlehandedly thwart climate change, but there are many easy changes you can make in your daily life to lessen your negative impact on the planet, and even improve your own life in the process! Try incorporating these 5 simple, healthy changes into your own life.

Drive less. Not only is prolonged sitting unhealthy, but spending a lot of time in the car is also unhealthy for the environment. Cars and trucks are responsible for a whopping 20% of all US emissions, so reducing your car use can make an impact. Do yourself and the environment a favor and hop on your bike whenever you can. According to a study conducted by the British Medical Association, cycling a meager 20 miles each week actually has the potential to reduce the rider’s chance of heart disease by 50%. So it’s a win for your heart, your waistline, and the environment.

Unplug energy wasters. Believe it or not, even when your electronic devices are turned off, they are still drawing small amounts of power if they are plugged into an outlet. Not only is this wasted energy, but you’re also paying for it — potentially hundreds of dollars each year. Stop wasting money and resources by plugging your devices into a power strip, and clicking the strip off when you’re not using them. Or, if you want to keep it simple, just unplug electronics from the outlet when they’re not in use.

Turn off the faucet. With the average American family using 400 gallons of water each day, it may be time to rethink your household water consumption. We tend to take access to fresh water for granted, but, as California has demonstrated, it is a precious, limited resource that needs to be respected. Try turning off the sink while brushing your teeth, or shutting off the shower while shampooing and soaping. These simple tricks can save thousands upon thousands of gallons of water each year that would otherwise have been squandered.

Eat less meat. It can’t be denied — the meat industry has a powerful impact on our environment. It guzzles water, land, and fossil fuels — believe it or not, it takes over 1,800 gallons of water to produce just one pound of beef, not to mention the waste that comes out of shipping, processing, and packaging. In fact, according to a report released by the UN, climate change can only be addressed if we make a conscious, worldwide shift away from meat-heavy diets. Giving up red meat actually reduces a person’s carbon footprint more so than ditching cars! While everyone may not be willing to give up meat entirely, you can reduce your intake and become more conscious about the meat you do consume. When you do eat animal products, make sure they are grass-fed, local, and/or humanely raised whenever possible. Being close to your food not only increases the health benefits, but also reduces the carbon footprint by nixing the vicious, often mind boggling cycle of wasteful shipping and packaging practices.

Shop online. Finally, here’s a tip that most people can easily get on board with. It may seem somewhat counterintuitive, but 80% of the time shopping online is greener than taking a trip to the store — namely because of your car. Products have to be transported to stores just like they have to be transported to your house, so by cutting out the middle man and getting it shipped directly to you, you’re actually making your purchase more efficient by reducing transportation waste. Just be sure to recycle the packaging once you’ve received the package. And to become even greener, try to buy fewer new products, and focus on repairing or refurbishing quality used products.

What tricks do you have at home to reduce your environmental impact? Share in the comments below!

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83 comments

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing

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Sara Away G.
Sara Away3 years ago

Consume less. I buy as little new as possible. Love those Thrift and Second Hand Stores!

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Julia Oleynik
Julia Oleynik3 years ago

Thank You for sharing:)

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Barb Hansen
Ba H4 years ago

thanks

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donnaa d.
donnaa D4 years ago

ty

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Nikki Davey
Nikki Davey4 years ago

Tyfs

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Brian M.
Past Member 4 years ago

Life tweak numbah six to save the planet: go child-free. Get the tubes tied or get the vasectomy, but avoid reproduction at all costs.

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Kelly Hickey
Kelly Sheppard4 years ago

thanks

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heather g.
heather g4 years ago

To have constant awareness of our actions, helps a lot in recycling, reusing and walking a lot....

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