A Beginners Guide to Helping the Planet at Home

A Beginners Guide to Helping the Planet at Home
You’ve read the title, and you’re still reading, so we can assume you already care about the earth, right? Maybe you saw a compelling documentary, or a particularly moving public protest, and you want to begin doing your part to help our planet heal and mitigate further damage. But where do you start? There are so many issues with modern living that affect the environment, it can feel overwhelming deciding where to start. Well, you’ve come to the right place.
The following is a list we created to help get you started on your eco-friendly journey. Each of the following tips is manageable and possible to accomplish from your own home. Don’t worry about trying to do everything on this list all at once. Start with one that looks manageable, and go from there.

1. Purchase Veggies without Pre-packaging
Packaging of any products creates a lot of waste. For example, packaging plastics accounts for 59% of all plastic pollution in the United States and Europe.1 So why do we need so much plastic wrapping all of our products? Instead, opt for vegetables without pre-packaging. You can put your produce into reusable bags as well!

2. Stop Buying from Amazon
Yes, Amazon is a very convenient website with great prices. But the costs associated with the internet giant far outweigh the benefits. Look for local businesses that carry similar products. This way, the items don’t need to travel as far, and thereby, reduce the greenhouse gases emitted for your product. And as a bonus, your local business is more likely to treat their employees fairly than Amazon. If you are buying online, look for companies that use ethical and environmentally friendly processes (have you seen our shop?).

3. Look for Local Farmers
Similar to the last two points, try finding farmers in your local area you can buy your produce from. Not only does this ensure that your food travelled less distance to get to your plate, thereby reducing your greenhouse gases, but you also are less likely to get food wrapped in plastics. Additionally, you get to support your local economy! Win, win, win!

4. The Thermostat
Depending on where you live in the world, you likely have a heating and or cooling system in your house. While this helps you stay comfortable, air conditioning can increase a city’s power needs by 50%.2 But you can’t just freeze to death or get heat stroke, right?
Even just setting your thermostat a couple degrees above room temperature (say, 25 degrees Celsius/77 degrees Fahrenheit) can significantly lower your environmental impact. When heating your home, setting the thermostat to 20 degrees Celsius/ 68 degrees Fahrenheit, can do the same. You can throw on a sweater when it’s cold, or a tank top when it’s hot. But you will feel good helping the planet’s overall temperature.

5. Education
Yes, this one is a little less actionable, but still very important. Educate yourself on both the problems of climate change AND the solutions. The first four points on this list are great starting places, but there is so much more we can do. Here are a few great places to start:
https://davidsuzuki.org/
https://www.mcgill.ca/sustainability/files/sustainability/what-is-sustainability.pdf
https://www.thespruce.com/eco-friendly-homes-4692745

Conclusion
We hope you’ve found at least one actionable item from this list to help get you started on your sustainable journey!

References
https://www.cbi.eu/news/plastic-revolution-fresh-fruit-and-vegetables-sector
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/29/the-air-conditioning-trap-how-cold-air-is-heating-the-world

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