With the beginning of the New Year many of us are trying to improve their lives, whether it’s health, work, wardrobe, or social relationships. But this year I also want to focus more on my impact on the environment. I very much want to be part of the solution and not the problem. So this year I will observe these new rules:
Lay off the Meat
I love my steak like the next person but I also understand that I am not doing a favor to the planet or my health. So I decided to cut meat in my daily diet to just two days a week. I see this as a chance to improve my cooking skills and doing something for the planet.
Planting trees while surfing the web. Ecosia is a search engine that does exactly that. While I’ve been using this search engine in the past, I want to encourage more people to do the same. So ditch Google and try this one.
I am not rich and I know that Fairtrade products are more expensive than others but I see it from this side: one package of Fairtrade coffee from the supermarket is still cheaper than a cup of Star Bucks coffee. Same goes for any other product. A couple of cents for me make a huge difference to people in poorer parts of the world.
Vintage all the way
Saving some money is one of the priorities for me this year. So going vintage will certainly help me and the planet. Whether it’s clothes, furniture or anything else, I want to buy only second hand. I am doing a good service to my own purse and that of someone else instead of a multinational company. This way I am not going to put a strain to precious resources.
Fact is, the production of palm oil is destroying rainforests all over the world. And it is now used in many products, as a butter substitute in food or a fat substitute in many cosmetic products. So before buying something I will check whether it contains palm oil and choose an alternative.
How about you? What are your strategies to help the environment?