Today’s news always bears a hint of negativity as we learn about the world’s current condition. Aside from the violence and prejudice that sweeps nations, we’re also learning more about our environment’s degradation for years due to humanity’s ego. Yet, all hope is not lost.
As governments, companies, and stakeholders around the globe realize the importance of the environment and its preservation, they’ve taken the necessary steps to revitalize and protect our natural resources. However, the responsibility of taking care of the environment doesn’t fall solely into the hands of government officials, company owners, or non-government organizations.
It may seem like a daunting task, but we can also play a significant part in saving the planet through our daily activities. Here are small but relevant steps that we can try at home:
Practice the three Rs
Several tons of household waste is sent to landfills every year, showing just how excessive we can be. One way to avoid this is by practicing the tried and tested three R approach: reduce, reuse, and recycle.
First, we have to reduce the number of items we buy in stores, markets, and groceries. Doing so allows us to keep track of what we have at home and use them before they expire. With items such as glass containers or plastic bags, reusing prevents them from aimlessly going to waste while providing you with containers that you can use for various purposes.
Lastly, recycle items like plastic bottles or old clothes into new ones like rugs or pencil holders to keep them functioning anew in your home.
Compost food scraps
A majority of the waste that goes to landfills is from food waste. While some of these come from leftovers, others come from fruit peels or vegetable scraps. Composting is an ideal way to deal with them, and you get to help the earth as well.
Visit online websites to learn more about composting, how you can start, and what food items to add or avoid putting in a compost bin.
Compost is an odorless natural fertilizer that enhances soil quality and boosts plant growth.
If you decide to start an edible garden to further your sustainability journey, you can add this to the soil to get healthy vegetables. Or you can try selling it to those who do have a garden.
Switch to sustainable brands
With the environment at risk for several years now, several companies or small brands have switched to a more sustainable approach, such as using locally-sourced or recycled materials in creating their products.
Different brands of clothing, makeup, skincare, and more boast of products made sustainably. But before you make the final decision, check if these brands do practice sustainability and determine their impact on the environment.
Adapting to a sustainable lifestyle may be difficult at first, but it can be a habit we can get used to in time. Plus, Mother Earth will thank you for your efforts in keeping her clean and safe in your own little way.