Celebrating World Environment Day
Our 7 easy tips for a more sustainable lifestyle
The choices that we make at home aren’t only better for the environment, but also for our bank account and our well-being. Being sustainable means to simplify your life. And maybe that is the key to happiness?! In this article, we will walk you through our 7 easiest tips to improve your life while we celebrate the World Environment Day.
What is World Environment Day? If you’re not yet familiar with it, maybe now more than ever, we need to celebrate our wonderful natural environment and precious biodiversity by raising awareness about climate change and inspire global environmental action.
For the last decade, more and more devastating environmental events have taken place across the world, including wildfires in Australia, Brazil and America, depletion of our natural resources – more than 800 species of animals are in danger, crop-destroying locust storms in Africa, biblical proportion floods and more.
So, it’s time for real change and there’s never been a more important time to get involved. We need to change our daily behavior for planet wellbeing and for our future benefit. We’ve put together our top 7 easy tips to help you create a more sustainable , cleaner, greener, brighter future.
1. You can BE THE CHANGE.
You and me, together, we can make a difference. We are the first generation to have the capability of bringing awareness to a worldwide scale and definitely we have the power to stop destroying the world. Our voice can be powerful and speaking up has never been more important.
Social media can be incredibly useful in getting your voice out there. Find articles from reputable sources and share them. News, tips, guides – it’s all helpful. Signing petitions and sharing them might seem small but they can trigger big results. If you care about creating change, then chances are your loved ones will do too.
Think about the brands you buy from – are they behaving ethically? Contact the brands you like and ask them how they source their products. If you want them to change, then tell them. Talk to your friends, your family, your colleagues – in fact, anyone you can. Get them to make positive changes in their lives too. Start by shouting about the World Environment Day.
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2. Reduce your waste, reuse and recycle.
Every product we buy has an environmental footprint and 80% of time will end up in a landfill. The impact of plastic pollution on our oceans is becoming increasingly clear, having drastic impacts on marine life. Is estimated that by 2050, there will be more plastic items in the oceans than fish.
If you’re going to buy something, look for sustainable, responsible options. Biodegradable, natural materials are best and if possible, organic. Try upcycling items, for example, if a piece of furniture is looking dated, why not give it a new lease of life with a touch of paint or new material. Getting creative will help our planet and your wellbeing.
Reduce food waste. It’s estimated that 30% of all food produced in the world at this time is lost or wasted. One way to reduce your food waste is try planning your meals for the week ahead. By scheduling your meals ahead of time and organising your ingredients accordingly you’re less likely to waste food and of course, you will save money along the way.
Try to buy products with less packaging and whenever is not possible, try to compost or recycle accordingly. Always take advantage of your local recycle center.
3. Explore new habits.
Food production is a major driver of wildlife extinction, causing around a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions and 60% of global biodiversity loss. To put it in perspective, an average diet leads to an emission of about 2.5 tons of CO2 per person per year. For a meat lover, this amounts to 3.3 tons. The latter is quite similar to a return trip to Amsterdam-Singapore. So if you don’t eat meat, you will save the CO2 emissions of one long journey per year.
Farming animals for meat and dairy requires space and huge inputs of water and feed. One of the biggest causes of forest loss today is mass deforestation, primarily to produce agricultural land for animal feed production. Meat production also creates a great deal more carbon dioxide than plants like vegetables, grains and legumes.
Moving towards a more plant-based diet can lower your impact on the environment. Not only that but cutting down on meat and dairy products can potentially reduce your grocery bill too.
Also, as per this Environmental Research Letters article, the study has identified a series of actions with different impacts on the environment. For example, living car free, switching to green energy or to a plant based diet can reduce our impact on earth quite significantly.
4. Grow plants or/and flowers. Have a “green corner”.
Pollinators are absolutely vital to the sustainability of our environment. Any common insect, such as bees, butterflies, beetles are responsible more or less directly for a link in our food production. They also sustain our ecosystems and produce our natural resources by helping plants reproduce.
There are many ways you can help to encourage our pollinator pals, such as planting wildflowers and displaying bug and bee hotels in your garden. If you don’t have access to a garden, try a window box or add a planter full of wildflowers to your balcony. Create a green corner into your home for our environment benefit and yours.
5. Travel responsibly
Before you jump into the car, consider other options for getting where you need to be. The most eco-friendly transport of all is of course walking. Strolling in the fresh air is a great way to increase your daily step count and exercise in a low impact way.
If the distance is bigger, or you need to commute locally why don’t you get a bike. By commuting on two wheels instead of four, we could cut greenhouse emissions by an estimated 11 per cent by 2050.
If you’ve got further afield to go consider public transport instead. Switching to the train or underground cuts greenhouse gas emissions by 76 per cent per passenger mile compared to driving your car. Taking the bus drops emissions by 33 per cent per passenger mile over commuting solo.
Even if you can’t move completely to any of these alternatives, just start small. Once a week, instead of using your car, use a bike, walk or take advantage of public transport.
6. Support local businesses or charities
Buying locally is always a good way to reduce your footprint. If you buy online, try to buy in less batches to reduce the number of deliveries. Also, you can reduce your environmental impact by choosing a more sustainable & responsible business. For example, a business which reuses any packaging, uses a carbon neutral delivery service or if they run a give back scheme, such as supporting a charity, an environmental event or a local community.
Supporting organisations who are doing valuable work to protect our natural resources is another way to go. Charities like WWF are helping to restore nature and tackle the main causes of nature’s decline, particularly the food system and climate change. Or charities like RSPCA which are tackling the animal cruelty, promote kindness and alleviate any suffering animals.
There are lots of ways to support your favourite organisation. Sign up as a member and give a regular donation, take part in a fundraising challenge or ask if you can volunteer your time.
For 2020, our chosen charity is RSPCA
We have chosen to support RSPCA by donating 10% of our profits. They’re the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and they’ve been here, looking out for animals, since 1824.
Their mission is to live in a world where all animals are respected and treated with compassion. ” [..]Every day, with the help of our people and our generous supporters, we take steps to achieve our mission. From rescuing a stranded deer to changing the law, we’ve already achieved so much and come so far.”
So thank you for supporting our chosen charity with your every order placed!
If you want to read more on how you can get involved on your free time, take a look at some of the great ways you can support and help animals on your local community and more.
7. Stay informed.
One of the absolute best things you can do is to keep yourself informed and up to date. After all, knowledge is power. It’ll be more confident in talking to your friends and family about these important issues. Get to know the facts, stay up to date with the latest eco news and work out what you can do to make a difference.
Seek out influential people and see what they’re saying, keep up with the news and research organisations that are working to make our planet a better place. The change starts with you. At Iorgreen.com, we want to help anyone willing to change, to bring a positive change to our planet environment. We want to help create a better version of tomorrow, a more sustainable way of life for you and us.
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