Compassion for life... An inspiration blog for compassionate living, and animal lovers
"Animals are such agreeable friends: they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms." - George Eliott
Ten ways to Save The Planet — or to just Make A Difference
1.Give up plastic. 500 billion plastic carrier bags are used worldwide each year, and thousands and thousands of marine animals and more than 1 million birds die each year as a result of plastic pollution. When you go grocery, or clothes, shopping always try to take your own bags! Most supermarkets sell ‘bags for life’ now, which may seem a bit pricey initially but they are a great investment for everyone. It means we can help to reduce the devastating effects that plastic bags have on the environment, and animals.
2. Rethink bottled water. Nearly 90% of the plastic water bottles we use are never recycled, and are left to decompose which takes thousands of years. Instead invest in a reusable container and fill it with tap water, which is a much better choice for the environment, your wallet, and, even, your health. The EPA’s standards for tap water are stricter than the FDA’s standards for bottled water.
3. Support your locals. Taking advantage of all your local produce, and visiting local markets will not only help support your local economy but will reduce the amount of greenhouse gas created when products are flown or trucked in from abroad.
4. Recycle… EVERYTHING! The amazing thing about trying to make a difference in this day and age is that it’s a lot easier than we think — and something as simple as recycling our old cell phone, or old wire hangers from our closet helps the environment. Take your old wire hangers to local dry cleaners, and as 130 million phones will be thrown away each year it’s important to recycle them. If they go into landfills, the phones and their batteries introduce toxic substances into our environment.
5. Donate. Next time you have a clear-out, don’t throw all your unwanted items away but instead take them to your local charity store or donate your old toys to local children’s hospitals.
6. Watch your water. Over the course of a year simple things like turning off the tap whilst brushing your teeth, and only filling up the kettle with the amount you need can save a lot of water.
7. Turn it off. If you’re not using it, turn it off — this goes for computers, lights, electrical switches, TV’s, laptops… Don’t use sleep mode, or standby instead. This will save energy, and save you money. Win win!
8. Grow your own. Growing your own veggies is fun, and eco-friendly. You cut out transport costs, and after the initial small expense of starting up your own little patch you will save lots of money and starting your own compost heap will reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill sites.
9. On your bike. Do you have a bike? Do you use it? If the first answer’s yes, and the second no you know what to do. You’ll tone up your butt and thighs whilst saving the planet all in a day’s work. If you don’t have a bike and can’t afford one, try walking to work. If you live too far from work that it’s not possible to walk why not organise a car-pool. Share the journeys into work with colleagues and split the fuel. It will make a difference.
10. Go VEGAN! Even if you don’t think you can commit to veganism full time, you can try by swapping one or two meals a week for a delicious vegan alternative. You will not only be saving the lives of millions of animals across the world, but will be saving trees, water and the planet too. For every hamburger made from animals raised on rainforest land, approximately 55 square feet of forest was been destroyed. It takes around 3,000 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef so if everyone swapped this for a veggie alternative it would make an enormous impact on the planet. Plus, it’s an opportunity to learn new cooking skills, and to reap the benefits of a healthier, cruelty-free diet.
'If civilization has risen from the Stone Age, it can rise again from the Wastepaper Age.' —Jacques Barzun