How to Get a Tiny Waist
Or should I say how to get a tiny waste (gotchaaa there didn’t I?). Is that click bait? Is click bait even a thing in blogging? I don’t know. BUT- what I do know is that we as humans do a lot of destruction to this planet.
Today I want to share with you some ways that you can help the environment by reducing waste. We all know a big way is to recycle, but that is such a broad term. I am not going to go into recycling specifically in this post, but some other ways that you can contribute to a healthy planet. There are so many ways that you can limit the damage done to this planet from eating a vegan diet to using reusable water bottles. Since adopting a vegan diet, I have learned a lot about how your lifestyle can affect the planet. Today I want to share what I have learned along the way to minimize my carbon footprint on the planet.
I think a lot of these suggestions are pretty easy to implement for a variety of people- whether you are a college student, parent, or young adult.
Can you guess the first thing that I am going to recommend?? If you are a reader of my blog then I bet you can. My #1 suggestion on bettering the planet is to…..(drumroll please)
- Eat a Plant Based Diet
It is the sad reality that Animal Agriculture is a big contributor to global warming. The United States Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that a whopping 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions are due to livestock production. Other organizations have estimated this level to be over 50%!. A plant based diet also conserves water. It takes 1,000 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of milk. It also takes 100x more water to produce a pound of animal protein than a pound of grains.
Animal agriculture is also a major contributor to deforestation and almost one third of arable land is used for animal agriculture. Oh, and the negative effects of animal agriculture doesn’t stop there. It is the leading cause of ocean dead zones and water pollution. The 300+ million tons of manure produces ammonia and the air surrounding factory farms has higher levels of carbon dioxide and methane.
Even if you aren’t a vegan you can still lower the amount of harm done to the planet by eating more plants and less meat and dairy. You could create meatless meals once to multiple times per week. I could do another whole post on the topic of plant based eating for the planet. I highly recommend watching Earthlings and Cowspiracy if you are really interested in a vegan diet for the environment.
2. Use Reusable Shopping Bags at the Grocery Store
This tip is so easy to implement into your life. Reusable shopping bags are often around $1 and can really help to minimize waste. Most people go to the grocery store at least once a week, so every week you have a chance to do something good for the planet. A helpful tip I like to use is keeping the reusable bags in your car so you don’t forget them!
3. Buy in BULK
As if you need another reason to hit up Costco right? I know I don’t. You can minimize waste by not buying a ton of things that are individually packaged. Instead of buying 15 small bags of rice from the grocery store, buy one giant bag from Costco or another store. Whole Foods also has a really great bulk section where you can buy exactly how much of a product that you need. Other grocery stores also have great bulk bins like Fresh Thyme or other local grocery stores in your area.
4. Use reusable Tupperware/Water bottles
This is another tip which is great for everyone. Buy a couple of reusable water bottles from TJmaxx or Target (or any store really) and use that for water instead of buying cases of water from the store. This will also save you tons of money! You can also buy reusable tupperware/ containers instead of using ziploc baggies and brown paper bags for lunch. This will also help you save money over time. I also like to keep glass jars from pasta sauces, nut butters, coconut butter, etc. to use for leftovers/meals on the go.
5. Save energy by turning off lights/appliances when not using them
This is something that I really mastered during college/ while living on my own in an apartment. Turn off the lights when you aren’t home or when it is already light outside. Turn off appliance when they aren’t being used and unplug electronics when they are not being used.
Those are some of my best tips on how to help make the planet healthier. Do you do any of these things?
What are some things that you do to help the environment?
Let me know in the comments!