Every Year on April 22, Earth Day draws attention to the environment, promotes conservation and sustainability and what has happened in the past year to improve our climate problems. However, from the year it started in 1970, a lot has changed since then and not for the better. So, for Earth Day 2022, we need to act (boldly), innovate (broadly), and implement (equitably). It's going to take all of us. But, with a 21st Century lifestyle from parents to business owners, it can be tough to find the time to be more sustainable and to stick with it. To help you out, here are some easy and hassle-free tips and changes you can make to be more sustainable.
Why is being Sustainable so Important?
Our current choices and actions have substantial long-term impacts on future generations. Practising sustainability ensures that we make ethical choices that bring everyone a safe and livable future. If we consume the resources of the Earth, future generations will be depleted. For example, if we overfish the common species, Herring, to produce products like supplements, cooking oils and even soap. This will decrease Herring's supply in the ocean and put every organism in the food chain related to that fish in danger, such as cod, seals, and more giant animals like dolphins and humpback whales. This occurs by taking a small fish like a herring out of the food chain.
Then, let's talk about air pollution, which affects the environment by reducing our ozone, damaging our forests, and affecting our health with the increased risk of respiratory infections, heart disease, and lung cancer. But, how are our actions impacting air pollution? For example, if we drive to a local food store, on average, that one trip can emit about 404 grams of CO2 per mile, and if we make this trip for one year, this could emit as much as 20200 grams of CO2 (and this is just one person for one trip and only for one year!). This CO2 absorbs the sun's energy and redirects it back to the Earth's surface. The overabundance of this gas causes ice caps to melt, wildfires and rising ocean levels that eventually lead to floods.
10 Easy Quick Tips to be More Sustainable
1. Clean the Planet on the Move
You are having a pleasant day taking a nice walk in the park with your kid or just walking home from work next to the lake. And you spot a pile of rubbish on the floor or near the lake, ruining the mood (it's even worse when the rubbish is next to a bin!). So why not spend a few mins picking it up and throwing it away correctly, such an easy and quick task with multiple benefits, reducing waste and plastic pollution, improving habitats, and preventing harm to wildlife and humans.
Tips: You could get your kids involved by using litter pickers and making it into a game; this helps them get some exercise, learn about cleaning the environment and making their park more appealing.
2. A Simple Water Bottle and Carry Bag
This is properly one you know about, but plastic water bottles are still a massive issue as an average person uses 156 plastic bottles per year. We can easily get rid of other plastic products in our homes. Here is a list of alternative options.
- Shopping Bags - Tote Bags
- Water Bottles - Reusable Bottle
- Coffee Cups - Reusable Coffee Cups
- Straws - Steel or Glass Straws
Tip: If you don't want your kids to handle steel or glass straws, there are silicone straws which more child-friendly and easy to hold for small children.
- Cotton Swabs - Biodegradable Swabs
- Resealable Bags - Silicone Bags
- Plastic Cling Wrap - Wax Wraps
- Toothbrushes - Bamboo Brushes
- Razors - Steel or Bamboo Razors
- Make-up Remover Pads - Reusable Cotton Pads
3. Meat-Free Mondays
As Meat-Free is getting more and more popular in local stores, it has become easier for new people to explore with it their diet. Now, I am not saying you have to completely change your diet if you don't want to. But simply choosing a non-meat option once a week can significantly impact our planet. As food system is responsible for over a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions, of which approximately 80% are associated with livestock production.
This simple switch could be using Quorn mince or beans in your spaghetti bolognese or adding vegetables instead of chicken in your family's favourite curry.
4. Take out the rusty bike
Everyone has properly got that bike you brought, saying you will be healthier, but now it's just rusting outside in the shed while I'm saying, take it out. Using the bike instead of the car for one journey a week can make huge benefits which I have shown above. But if you don't have a bike, don't worry, you can walk instead. If it is just it to the shop, cafe or friends place. Using an alternative transport could benefit the planet and also your health and by making it a weekly thing you can enjoy it with friends, your family or getting some me time in the fresh air.
5. Let some fresh air in
As we know, air pollution is one of the significant impacts on the planet. Reducing the air pollution in your home can improve your air pollution and eventually the planet's air pollution by doing these simple changes.
- Opening the windows for 5-10 mins several times a day, especially if cooking or using the shower.
- Using Solid or liquid cleaning products
- Use Electric or gas heating
- Use allergy-friendly or chemical-free products.
6. Say no to Fast Fashion
I was once a Primark Super Fan, buying new clothing the second a new collection was out so that I was wearing what all the popular/trendy people were wearing (which, to be honest, I was only wearing those clothes to benefit others and not myself). When I finally started wearing what I wanted to wear, I realised how little of the clothing I wore. So, take a step back on your wardrobe and invest in clothing you will ACTUALLY wear and wear multiple times. For example, I love patterned shirts, and I would always buy Primark's new collection of shirts which, to be honest, only lasted a few months before seams started to fray and buttons began to loosen. However, I brought this lovely shirt at a local clothes store which was more money, but I have had it for a few years now, and it is still of fantastic quality, so it actually saved me money, and I still get to wear my favourite shirt.
Tips: Learning simple sewing skills could prolong your clothes and save you from buying new outfits.
7. Who doesn't love a pet cactus named Steve
Adding plants inside and outside your house could benefit air pollution and help wildlife in your neighbourhood. And you don't have to plant huge and complicated plants that you need an instruction manual to keep alive. Instead, here are some simple and best plants to buy for indoors and outdoors:
Peace Lily - peace lily is one of the best plants for purifying the air—it removes formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, ammonia and more. Plus, it's easy to care for; just keep it in the dark corner and water once a week.
Snake Plant - very little care, making it an excellent plant for first-time gardeners. It can withstand a wide range of temperatures and light, meaning you can put it almost anywhere. Excellent at removing airborne pollutants like formaldehyde, nitrogen oxide, benzene and xylene.
Devil's Ivy - devil's Ivy is a low-maintenance, hardy plant that flourishes in peaty soil with plenty of moisture.
Lavender -This plant attracts bumblebees, leafcutter bees, flower bees, and mason bees. These shrubs grow best on a sunny site and thrive in poor soil.
Long grass - Try letting a patch of grass grow tall in the corner of a garden. Long grass improves conditions for invertebrates, providing food for birds and mammals such as hedgehogs.
Daisies - This humble flower is a prime bee and butterfly attractor. Daisy flowers are vibrant, cheerful, and easy to grow, making them a proven garden choice.
8. Support businesses that are helping the environment
No one says you have to do it all by yourself. Helping other people and their businesses whose aim is to improve the planet is an easy way to join in all the fun.
Two Nourish aims in protecting the planet by supporting environmental charities with every sale, changing our packaging so everything is either recyclable or biodegradable (and none of it contains plastic) and also spreading awareness on our planet and how everyone can do their part in helping. Why not do your part today and check out our products.
Right now, Earth Day should be everyday spread as much help and awareness about everything that is currently happening to our planet. If you want to learn more about Earth Day and what actions are happening. Check out their website: https://www.earthday.org/.