Do you ever wonder how your daily routines impact the environment? Curious as to how you can help contribute to a more sustainable planet, but unsure where to begin? Luckily, there is no need to feel overwhelmed when it comes to making a difference. If we all commit to making small changes in our everyday lives now, meaningful results will follow in the future. We’ve compiled a list of 5 simple tips and tricks that prove it’s possible to love your mother and your lifestyle- because there really is no ‘Planet B’!
1. Be conscious of your clothing- Sustainable fashion is a movement dedicated to fostering change in the current fashion system; a system that is leaving a larger carbon footprint than ever before. On a small scale, you can be a part of the change by supporting your local thrift stores, always donating old clothes rather than tossing them out, and trying to buy less from fast fashion retailers. In addition, there are sites like Poshmark, Depop, and Thredup that make buying and selling second hand clothing a fun and rewarding process! Not to mention, you can always feel good about shopping Of Mercer, as we aim to prioritize the quality of our products over quantity.
2. Put a stop to plastic- No one can deny the detrimental effects that the over consumption of plastic has on our environment. They release a plethora of harmful chemicals, endanger wildlife and habitats, and irreversibly disrupt the surface of the earth, according to Environmental Health News. While it is difficult to avoid plastic as a whole, there are ways to reduce how much you use on a day-to-day basis. Our adorable tote bags are a great way to avoid needing plastic bags when shopping- and we have several patterns that will pair well with all of your favorite outfits! In addition, ditching plastic water bottles and to-go cups for reusable ones and remembering to break down and recycle any plastic you do use can make a huge difference over time.
3. Be on the lookout for labels- From groceries, to clothing, to beauty and skincare, it is important to consider how the products you buy are impacting the environment. In order to minimize your carbon footprint, look for labels that signify sustainable practices. For example, Fair Trade Certified products come from companies that are committed to paying workers fairly and preserving ecosystems. Moreover, you can visit this website to view an entire list of other official eco-labels to become familiar with. Finally, buying organic; whether it’s fresh produce, cleaning products, or home supplies, buying organic goods ensures safer production practices and less harmful waste.
4. Save energy the savvy way- Since pandemic life has prompted so many of us to make the switch to virtual work and learning, there is undoubtedly an increase in our energy usage at home. Luckily, there are simple solutions you can start doing right now that will not only conserve energy but save you money as well! To name a few, turn off and unplug any devices not being used, swap out using energy-intensive appliances for manual tasks when possible, and run your dishwasher and dryer only when they are full. By adopting small habits like these, you are limiting the number of carbon emissions in the environment, and in turn promoting a cleaner and greener planet. So go ahead and pat yourself on the back!
5. Eat ethically- With all of the diets, fads, and false claims out there it can be a challenge to adopt eating habits that benefit your health and the planet. An article from Greenpeace notes that, “shifting to more plant-based foods is essential in combating climate change, soil, air and water pollution, ocean dead zones, and a myriad of other problems caused by industrial livestock production.” We’re not saying you need to completely switch to a vegan diet overnight- but there are simple swaps you can make to reduce your dairy and meat consumption. Swapping milk for a non-dairy alternative like almond, soy, coconut, or oat milk can help. Or, mayo for hummus, and regular butter for nut butter! And for those feeling extra bold, swap eggs for tofu- check out this 15 minute vegan tofu scramble with spinach and tomato that’s sure to please! For those worried about sacrificing some of their favorite comfort foods for a more sustainable diet, always remember that in today’s world almost anything can be made vegan with just a few simple ingredient swaps!