May 8

20 Steps You Can Take to Protect the Environment Today




"20 steps you can take to protect the environment" Designed & created by Justyna Molendowska-Ruiz
20 Steps You Can Take to Protect the Environment Today

The environment functions best when it's in balance. Unfortunately, we're not quite there. Issues like #pollution, depletion of resources, the rise of #consumerism, and the "throw away" culture have led to serious issues. But more & more people are both aware of and active in the protection of the environment.

While the most dramatic changes will need to take place on corporate and governmental scales, there are a number of ways that every single person can make his/her daily routine more eco-friendly. In fact, a healthy & #creativelifestyle and an eco-conscious one often go hand in hand


Try these 20 simple steps to protect the environment today.


1. Change the way you eat

  • Eat less meat. By eating 50% less meat you cut your carbon footprint in half.

  • Stop wasting food: the amount of global food waste produced each year is more than enough to feed the nearly 1 billion hungry people in the world.

2. Change the way you get around

Stop polluting the air! Instead of driving walk, cycle, or take public transport more often and enjoy the health benefits too.

3. Ditch plastic

Everything from the kids toys to the many plastic supplies used for a birthday party, plastic items are all around us. To avoid plastic at all costs is near impossible, but we encourage you to avoid it when possible and to think twice before purchasing a plastic item that can easily be replaced.


4. Help nature near you

Support projects that protect your local wildlife and forests. Planting 10% more greenery in urban areas could help mitigate rising summer temperatures.


5. Shop Less / Live Simply

Buy fewer items / Buy second hand / Re-use what you buy / Donate items you no longer need instead sending them to landfill. Every year, more than 120 million trees are cut down to make our clothing. Forest destruction for fabric has to stop.


6. Apply the 3R rule

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Some food containers and jars can easily be saved and reused for other purposes. Many items can be reused for some creative purposes, or for the next time you need to ship something.


7. Borrow or fix rather than buy

Consider trying to repair the problem before running out to purchase a new one. Try not to label newer as better and make a more eco-friendly choice by using what you already have.


8. Pressure Government

Write to governments, local authorities, etc., we need to cut CO2emissions by 45% by 2030. This won’t happen unless industry and governments change our systems.


9. Stop smoking

Smoking creates pollution inside of your body and for the people around you. Quitting smoking is another way to help combat climate change, and to significantly reduce the incredible amount of waste and litter due to carelessly discarded cigarettes butts in streets, waterways, and public areas like parks and beaches.


10. Print less

Green is the new black. Over-use of paper has a huge impact on a company’s carbon footprint – not just from the chopping down of trees to make the paper, but also on the fossil fuel power used for printing, and the chemicals involved, too. To produce just one ton of paper, it is estimated that 253 gallons of petrol is used. In turn, to make just one piece of A4 paper requires 10 litres of water.


11. Grow whatever food, flowers and trees you can yourself

Think you don't have room to plant a garden? Think again. There are many ways to grow food in containers in even the tiniest of spaces. By growing your own garden, you are the one to decide what goes on your plants and into your soil, allowing you to reduce the amount of harmful chemicals polluting our environment and waterways.


12. Use refillable water bottle and reusable lunch containers.

Plastic water bottles are really bad for the environment - parts of them can't be recycled, and they often end up being eaten by marine animals. What's more, it takes a lot of fossil fuels to make plastic bottles, so they're tough on the planet all around


13. Use reusable shopping bags

Plastic bags are a huge threat to environment, and especially to marine life. Make a more eco-friendly choice by bringing your own reusable bags on your next shopping trip.


14. Save water

Everyone is aware of the importance of water but we take water for granted. Many of us think the water is unlimited but, the reality is, only less than 1% of water is fresh water, which can be used for human consumption.

  • Always turn off the tap tightly after usage.

  • Collect rain water for utilizing it for different purpose such as watering plants.

  • When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run continuously.

15. Buy local products

Locally produced food/products require less transportation and therefore reduce gas usage. Eating locally also means supporting farmers who care about and protect the environment and wildlife.


16. Buy items with recycled materials

When shopping, look for products with minimal to no packaging, or at least packaging made from recycled items.


17. Use email and e-greetings

Using e-cards helps to prevent deforestation and reduce carbon footprints. You might not think that choosing e-cards will make much of a difference but it does, and more and more people switch to electronic versions


18. Be mindful of what you throw in the trash

From kitchen scraps that can be used to make stocks to items that can be recycled; our trash should be less full the more aware we get. Think, how many times things can be reused or repurposed rather than simply thrown away.


19. Use reusable travel stainless steel mugs

This is an area where we can make a huge difference in the amount of waste we produce just by toting our own travel cup. Bonus: Some stores (even Starbucks!) provide discounts for bringing your own mug.


20. Cut down on your energy use

Try to cut down on your energy use by being conscious of how you use electronics.


Your Actions Really Can Make a Difference!


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