How to be Environmentally Friendly – 15 Easy Tips

If there ever was a time to start thinking of ways to help our beloved earth it would be now. With an increasing population which will reach 9 billion people by 2050, our resources such as food, water, energy, and land are becoming harder to come by, especially with climate change impacting how we access these resources.

So it all can be pretty overwhelming sometimes and we think, man how do I help? You feel so small and insignificant that you won’t be able to make a difference.

But it will!

We need to start thinking differently if no one did, then no change in history would have occurred.

Be the change you want to see in the world 🙂

But I feel you are already someone who thinks like this, otherwise, you would not have searched for ways in which you could help. So great job!

Here, I list 15 simple but effective ways in which you can be more environmentally friendly:

1. Join the Keep Cup Movement!

This is such a simple yet really effective way in which you can reduce deforestation and landfill.

Firstly, did you know that if everyone bought their own Keep Cup for their coffee, we would save approximately 6.59 million trees!

Also! If you were to buy a Keep Cup, you would divert 3.5 billion disposable cups from landfill.

Keep Cups can be recycled and used for up to 3 years whereas disposable cups take 50 years to decompose.

Keep Cups are better than biodegradable cups because it promotes a throwaway culture of one-time use whereas Keep Cups promote a larger movement of reuse and sustainability.

2. Reusable Bottles are Awesome

This concept is very similar to the Keep Cup idea, as it deters you away from purchasing single-use plastic bottles and instead using your own bottle that can be reused over and over again.

Plastic bottles are a huge contribution to the plastic contamination that ends up in our oceans, so every plastic bottle you don’t use, is doing good!

3. Plastic Bags are Lame

This is also a similar idea to the Keep Cup and reusable bottle solution. Instead of using plastic bags every time you buy something, you simply keep a reusable bag in your handbag. Then you can whip it out every time a cashier says, ‘Do you need a bag?’ You can now say, ‘No thank you, I bought my own!’

Did you know 5 trillion plastic bags are used a year worldwide! That’s 160,000 a second!

4. Meat is for the Weak!

This is probably the hardest for most people as it requires a big life change. But it is the most effective in terms of the environmental benefits that come with it.

Did you know that to grow 1 kg of Steak requires 15,700 Litres of water!

Steak - Meat Free

It is also interesting to note, using a US diet as an example, that if you were on a Vegan diet for 1 year you would use 1/6 of an acre of land to grow food.

If you were on a Vegetarian diet consisting of eggs and dairy, you would use 3 times as much land…

If you ate a diet including all animal products (meat, dairy, and eggs), then that would equate to using 18 times as much land!

This is because 37, 000 pounds of vegetables can be grown on 1 ½ acres of land, but only 375 pounds of meat on the same plot of land.

Another alternative to going Vegan or Vegetarian is reducing your red meat intake as beef and other grass-fed animals have the highest resource usage (water, land, and energy).

If you want to know more about the environmental benefits a Vegan Diet can contribute, I recommend watching Cowspiracy for more amazing facts about the astounding resources used to produce animal products.

5. Be a Smart Shopper

There are many appliances that have ratings showing us how energy or water efficient they are.

They not only use less water and electricity but it will also save you money due to the low energy costs to run the appliance.

It is a Win, win!

6.  Dryers are Dangerous…

Dryers use a lot of energy, in fact, they use so much energy that even a newly advanced and energy efficient dryer can consume as much energy as an efficient washer, refrigerator and dishwasher combined!

So using your Dryer only when it is necessary is ideal 🙂

7. Clothes, Clothes, Clothes

Unfortunately, clothes are quite environmentally destructive in a few ways.

One of the ways is there use of toxic chemicals which they used to achieve colors and prints. Textile dying is one of the second largest polluters of clean water globally, after agriculture.

Another way clothing harms the environment is due to the popular polyester fabric. When we wash them in domestic washing machines, tiny microfibers are shed from the polyester and ends up in our already plastic contaminated ocean.Bamboo clothing

Additionally, increasing levels of textile waste are becoming higher than ever. This is because brands are making clothes cheaper and more convenient to buy new clothes by constantly inventing new styles to make your old clothes look outdated and make you feel the need to buy more.

We are also more time poor, so instead of trying to repair clothes, we find it more convenient to just buy more.

To tackle this issue, try to limit buying clothes you don’t need and if you are getting rid of your clothes, donate or recycle them.

You can also buy clothes that are made of bamboo, which is a more sustainable resource to grow rather than cotton. For more information on Bamboo clothing click here.

Boody Eco Wear

8. Say No, no to Palm Oil

Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil derived from the palm fruit grown on the African palm tree.

It is grown throughout Africa, Asia, North America and South America and is done so in an unsustainable way.

This process is a major contributor to intense deforestation. According to World Wildlife Fund, an area the equivalent size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour to make way for palm oil production. This is contributing to many species becoming extinct especially our beloved orangutans.

DeforestationSo buying soaps, cleaning products, shampoos and other products that are palm oil free is significantly effective.

Best Shampoo Bar

9. Be a Paper Restrictor!

This is becoming easier as the years go on, as we head even deeper into a technological era where technology has been replacing our need for paper.

In saying this, Paper is still widely used and still has a significant impact on deforestation around the world.

Reducing paper is an easy and great way to help reduce this issue.

10. Shower Time!

Yes, I know you love your showers, but the length of time we spend in there is unnecessary and uses a lot of water!Shower

Water is a very precious resource and we need to cherish it.

In fact, showering is the third largest water use after toilets and washing machines. The average American uses approx. 17.2 gallons of water per shower and lasts 8 minutes at an average flow rate.

11. Recycle Like a Boss

Recycling as I am sure you are all aware is very important in reducing landfill, but it is always important to check your rubbish and see if there is a recycling sign on it. Sometimes the sign is small or faded into the plastic, so be sure to check otherwise you could be throwing away valuable recyclable material.

Recycle Sign

12. Be A Saint

I have made it a habit of mine to pick up rubbish whenRubbish I walk past it. I know we aren’t the ones that tossed it, but if no one picks it up then that rubbish will just end up in the ocean.

I also noticed that when people see you pick up rubbish, they say thank you even though it wasn’t theirs! It inspires people to do the same.

13. Composting!

Food waste is a real issue worldwide, for example, a typical household in the US throws out 474 pounds of food waste each year. Food scraps are the third largest segment of Compost Soilthe waste stream with nearly 26 million tonnes generated per year.

Composting your scraps is a great way to reduce landfill and also improve your garden! By having a little box or bin in your kitchen to put your scraps in is efficient and convenient and then once filled, transfer it to a compost bin outside along with topping it off with additional soil, tree clippings or mowed grass to help with the composting process.

It is really that simple and before long, you would have turned ordinary food scraps into great soil for gardening!

14. Swap Your Straws!

Straws are so common and the amount we use a day is just terrifying. In fact, in the US, 500 million straws are used each day, that is enough to wrap the circumference of the earth 2.5 times and that isn’t even on a global scale!

stainless steel strawsStainless Steel Straws are a reusable way to end this dilemma, they can be used over and over again and can be cleaned after use, it even comes with their own straw cleaner to clean the insides!

15. Be Brave

And last but definitely not least!

If you do have any environmental concerns that are occurring in your area, do not be afraid to contact your local PM. That is what they are there for, to listen and to take note in what you have to say, the more people talking about an issue, the more chance, a difference will be made.

P.S. You Are A Legend

HeroThank you for reading and wanting to bring about positive change to the world and I hope I gave you some ideas in how you can help bring about a more sustainable and cleaner world for us and generations to come!

Go get em’!

Yours Truly,

Danielle Packer

The Earth Co.

 

26 thoughts on “How to be Environmentally Friendly – 15 Easy Tips

  1. Very thoughtful post. My wife and I honest to God practice most of what you just shared (with exception to the meat part). We recently moved into a new house in the last 6 months and started a compost pile, then when it got full I started a second pile…all from food scraps and cardboard paper and yard clippings. The compost will then drive our food production as we already started growing some basic crops like cilantro and peppers. It is amazing how small changes can impact large portions of life. Awesome point of view, thanks for being a world changer!

    1. Oh wow! That’s so amazing that you and your wife have been making such an incredible effort to do your bit for the environment. So heart warming to hear 😀

  2. I LOVE the fact that a plant based diet helps the earth! I’ve been doing my best to do my part and recycle, eliminate plastic products, and so forth, but the biggest change I’ve made lately is changing my diet and I love that it made your list!

    Very well written. (And YOU’RE a legend) 🙂

    1. Haha thanks Eric! That’s great to hear that you have been making these changes and now changing your diet! Very impressive 😀

  3. This is a great article I think a lot of people forget that if we do not take care of the environment soon enough it will start to affect us in a very visible way. I love the Idea of the keep cup since my day always starts with a cup of coffee I think thats something I should definitely invest in. I also wanted to share that I am from Kenya and plastic bags have been made illegal and no one uses them, If one country can do that and survive it shows that all of us can and still survive, they are a luxury and not a necessity.

    1. Wow I didn’t know that! That is truly inspiring and I hope other countries follow suite.
      Yes a lot of people buy their coffee and some stores are even making it cheaper to purchase if you bring your own cup! So that is great news that we are all becoming more environmentally thinking.

  4. You have pointed out a lot of ways here that would really help. The biggest issue I see among many people are they don’t apply them.

    I live in a small village and everywhere I look people have junk sitting around and trashed blowing around.

    None of them seem to care. I try to always do my part, keep trash cleaned up and we recycle everything the recycling places will take around here.

    Thanks very interesting facts!
    -Ruth

    1. Thanks Ruth for commenting! Yes I understand it can be hard to see so many people not caring, but I am sure you doing your part will inspire others. Keep up the fantastic work!

  5. Hi Danielle,
    This is an absolutely brilliant post that is very close to my heart.
    I hate how we destroy our own planet.
    I am a big lover of the Oceans and hate seeing all the plastic waste that kills our sea life.
    I always try my best to be environmentally friendly in every way I can.
    The 15 Tips in your post are great and I hope that whoever reads them and isn’t already implementing them will start to do so.
    Thanks.
    Best wishes,
    Michael.

    1. Thanks for commenting Michael! Yes it is so sad to see how we treat our earth, but one individual at a time we can make a difference 🙂

  6. Hello Danielle,

    This is such a wonderful article , i loved your enthusiasm about environment . I agree with you on 90% of what I read and I would do little research for my doubts . I would love to get back to your website to read few more article’s.

  7. Hi Danielle,
    What great tips on helping us become more aware of what we are doing to the wonderful world we live in. We, on South Africa are becoming more aware as we go through drought conditions, especially in the Cape. This has been a real wake-up call as no more long showers and bathing. Only a very little water to be used each day.
    I had never thought of how much land and subsequently water is used when keeping cattle etc. Also didn’t know about the fibres from polyester going into the sea. So much to think about and change. I do some of the things you suggested buy not all and I will put more effort in.
    Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

    1. Wow that is crazy what is going on over there in Cape Town. It can be pretty scary when we have to take such measures for something so crucial like water. Thanks for sharing 🙂
      I am so glad I was able to help you learn a thing or two about what you can do to help more, thanks for doing what you can as well! Your a legend 🙂

  8. Nice post Danielle. I LOVE the message of this article! You’re right, it all starts with ourselves. I’ve been practicing most that are listed here except for the meat part. I guess I should start then huh? My wife would be very happy if I go vegan. 🙂

  9. What a fantastic post, Danielle.
    Packed with very detailed information, and I like the numbers, most people have already entered into awareness and are doing and avoiding doing too, which is good. However, is good that you put things into perspective because knowing those facts it makes more sense why I or anyone are doing these things to protect our planet.
    Myself I do most of the recommendations very often, it will be hard for me to abandon the meat, but in the past years I have slowed down on it, health concern mostly, for that reason, it is good to know those facts about water, land and energy for instance, I will reduce a bit more now!
    Thank you again

    1. That’s great to hear Pablo! Yes it is good to know the facts about what we are contributing to so we can be encouraged to do more! Without knowledge we are likely to ignore it! So thank you for the compliment 🙂
      And yes reducing or eliminated meat is a big lifestyle change but even if you do your best to steer away from red meat, you are still doing an amazing job 🙂

  10. I went over these items and found that I do pretty well on some: I have no dishwasher or dryer, I recycle and use clothes as long as possible.

    But on other items, I do pretty badly: I eat a lot of meat and use lots of water. That is unlikely to change.

    Some items I can improve on such as straws and composting.

    1. That’s great you do so much already and are willing to do what you can to help even more! Thanks Peter for sharing your thoughts! 😀

  11. Wow! I’ve never learned so many new things in such a short period of time. Thanks for the insightful read! Not only will I be saving money and time with most of these ideas, but I will help protect the environment too, how awesome B)

  12. Hey Danielle,

    Great format, easy to follow and I love all the tips you have come up with. Some of these things I already do and others, I hadn’t even thought of. Thanks for bringing an insight to these great tips and making it so easy to read! 🙂

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