Our Accidental Environmental Impacts (And How to Avoid Them)

Unfortunately, we waste a lot. We waste food, and money, and resources. We treat our environment like it’s an endless Eden, which it could be if we weren’t depleting resources at a break neck speed.

I won’t spend a ton of time on this though because I think we all know that whatever it is we’re using (water, grain, soap, etc.) it won’t be around (as we know it) for us to continue consuming into the next few centuries.

So, I’d like to offer some simple day-to-day solutions to reduce our impact on our bountiful mother earth.

  1. Bring your own mug to Starbucks
    1. Or Dutch Bros or whatever small local coffee shop you visit in the morning. Even if you only go once a week that’s 52 cups being sent to a landfill somewhere. Over the course of a lifetime that’s 3,900 cups. If half of America drinks only one cup of coffee each week for 60 years of their life, that’s 468,000,000,000 cups in landfills. And I know from working as a barista that many Americans indulge in their favorite latte more than once a week, and sometimes even more than once a day.
  2. Use your own water bottle. Always.
    1. It blows my mind how many people still purchase water bottles when our water is clean and free. And now it’s easier than ever to find a refillable water station or a plain old water fountain. Not to mention sinks…
  3. Buy reusable Ziploc bags
    1. Although it may seem like an initial investment you don’t want to make (I fought this one for a while) in the long run you’ll save money and feel better not wasting a plastic bag every time your PB&J gets smashed in your lunch box.
  4. Buy (or make) Reusable grocery bags
    1. To me this seems like a no-brainer. Although it took a while to get used to, we now keep our reusable grocery bags near the front door and in our cars so we don’t have the guilt and burden of 10,000 plastic bags under our kitchen sink.
  5. Ridejahbike!
    1. We’re inundated with the “easy” thing in the 21st We have escalators and elevators and buses and trains and taxis and whatever else you can name that makes us not depend on our own two feet. But nothing compares to riding your bike in the nice summer air with the wind blowing through your hair and your lungs feeling like they’re on fire. It makes me feel alive, and that’s enough for me.

Simple, right? These are five little things that all lessen our impact on the environment. Five simple, easy things that can help you transition to a less impactful existence.

Happy recycling!

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**For more information on how to reduce your impact on the environment head on over to http://wwf.panda.org/who_we_are/wwf_offices/armenia/help_us/eco_help_living/ and http://www.instructables.com/id/100-Ways-to-Reduce-Your-Impact/ I also recommend checking out the slew of documentaries on Netflix. My current favorite is Cowspiracy.

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