There are so many things we equate with being an environmentalist, and it may seem daunting to enter the world of sustainability. However, sometimes the best environmentalists are the imperfect ones. You don't need to be vegan, drive an electric car, or live solely off renewable energy. Sometimes the best thing for our earth is doing one simple act every day.
When thinking about our impact on the planet, consider your personal consumption. We are a consumer-driven culture in America and the simplest way to reduce your footprint is to use less…..of everything. The choice can be as simple as taking a 5-minute shorter shower. Saying “no” to plastic bags at any store. Replacing your plastic water bottles with a reusable one. Even waiting for full loads before washing the laundry.
These small acts do wonders for the health of the environment. If everyone went “meatless” one day a week, it would be the equivalent of saving 100 billion gallons of water each year! Reducing water saves both water treatment costs and treated water from creating pollution. The more we conserve water, the fewer greenhouse gases emitted into our atmosphere.
Sustainable choices can also help save money. When searching for furniture and clothing, consider lightly used items instead of purchasing new. It's possible to find the same, or higher, quality items for half the price. Look to exchange, reuse, and repurpose furniture, clothing, accessories, and more. Shop at thrift stores or online thrift stores, like ThreadUP, to buy name brand clothes on sale. Shop Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist to buy reused household items and appliances. In the long run, these easy swaps can help you save money while ‘doing good’ for the environment.
Being an environmentalist is about the little choices we make every day. Small, simple actions that add up to have a powerful, and positive, impact on our planet. It feels good to do good. Just one small choice can set you on your path to living more sustainably.
Being an imperfect environmentalist is as easy as consuming less. Less water, less energy, less meat, less new stuff! So, what is one thing you will do for your planet today?