17 Jul 8 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Ecological Footprint
Guest blog written by Kay Carter.
Reducing your ecological footprint is a major way to lighten the burden on the planet and preserve our natural wonders for many generations to come. If you’re ready to get started, here are eight simple ways to reduce your ecological footprint.
1. Commit Together
It’s easy to start out with the greatest of intentions when you’re planning to reduce your ecological footprint, but even the most committed person may need a little encouragement. Talk to your friends or family members and make a pact to take small steps together and keep each other motivated. Some days will be better than others and there’s nothing like a supportive community when you feel like you may be in over your head, or making more mistakes than you would like.
2. Travel Mindfully
Just because you’re committing to an eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t mean that you can never leave home again. When you do plan a vacation, just be mindful about the way you choose to get around. If you can take public transportation or walk, you’ll be doing the earth a favor. And if you must take a plane, calculate the carbon footprint of each flight, so you can choose the least damaging option.
3. Turn Off the Lights
It’s all too easy to walk out of a room and forget to turn off the lights. But unnecessary electricity usage isn’t just bad for the planet, it’s bad for your wallet, too. Make a habit of switching off lights, unplugging electronics when not in use, and making sure your home is powered down before you head out for the day.
4. Avoid Single Use-Plastics
Our world is obsessed with single-use plastics, yet they’re one of the most damaging things we can use. According to House Method, there are a variety of ways you can reduce single-use plastics in your day-to-day life. Whether you choose to invest in glass containers for storing leftovers, pack your lunch instead of getting takeout, or carry a reusable bottle, you’ll be contributing to a greener planet. You can also discover all of Wearth's zero waste range here.
5. Enjoy a Plant-Based Diet
Meat has become a staple in many Western diets, and unfortunately, it’s not great for the planet. If you’re looking to tread more lightly, consider upping your intake of vegetables. There are countless websites with fun, easy, and delicious vegetarian recipes for you to try. While meat may still be a part of your diet, consuming it with awareness will reduce your ecological footprint and could improve your health for the long-term.
6. Waste Less
Studies have shown that Americans waste 40% of the food they purchase. That’s not just a waste of food but also a waste of the energy that went into producing and transporting that item to the store. If you find yourself tossing leftovers, it may be time to check in with how much you’re buying from the grocery store versus how much you’re actually eating. And remember: leftovers don’t have to be boring—you can always get creative and mix things up the second or third time around.
7. Go Paperless
These days, it’s easier than ever to have all of your bills and bank statements delivered electronically. If you haven’t already, make the switch to reduce the amount of paper used for information that you will likely toss after a few minutes. While you’re at it, consider unsubscribing from any magazines or catalogs you no longer need.
8. Invest in Quality (Not Quantity) Clothing
Another major ecological problem is the fast fashion industry. This isn’t just detrimental to the environment, but it’s often harmful to the workers employed to make the clothing. Instead of hopping on the next fashion trend, take the time to decide what you actually need in your wardrobe. Once you know your personal style, you can invest in a few quality timeless pieces that will hold up, season after season.
Reducing your ecological footprint doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, with these eight tips, you’ll be on your way to a greener, more Earth-friendly lifestyle in no time.