A simple thank you 

I’ve begun implementing a “thank you” before every meal/snack. Some call this saying grace but understanding the food we eat is crucial to our survival is also not owed to us. This doesn’t necessarily save the planet per se, but mindfully eating and appreciating the plants and/or animals on our table reminds us that we need them more than they need us.

Please! Sounds kind of obvious, BUT it’s such a simple step. In our household, we always recycle. Recycling is important as waste negatively impacts our environment and helps reduce pollution. 

Say bye to plastic bags

Bringing your own bags to the grocery store or mall means less bags will end up in the landfill or the ocean. Plastic bags we use in our everyday life take 10-1000 years to decompose. We also can lessen the opportunity for a plastic bag to trap wildlife in the ocean. 

Biodegradable toothbrushes

I am starting the switch to natural charcoal bamboo toothbrushes. In the US alone over 1 billion toothbrushes are thrown out every year. Switching to a biodegradable toothbrush is a perfect way to start a shift in reducing your carbon footprint. The company I chose has charcoal bristles which is known for whitening effects as well!

Reusable Cups

108 Billion disposable cups are thrown out in the US every year. Think about how many cups you go through a day. Play your part in reducing the amount of cups that go into the landfill.

Switch to electronic mail

Lessen the amount of paper used when you can by using email. Most of my bills have been switched to paperless. 

Donate Clothes

Helpsy: The largest textile collection company in the Northeast US and their goal is to keep clothing out of the trash. Just last winter they were able to provide 44,000 winter jackets to those in need in New York.

H&M: For every bag of textiles you drop off, you’ll receive a discount card for 15% off your next in-store purchase.

There are thousand of donation centers nationwide. You can always use google to look up some in your area. There are always people in need of clothing and I’d much rather donate to less fortunate people than throw it out.

Unplug what is not being used

A not-so-secret pet peeve of mine is when plugs stay plugged into outlets when not being used. Regardless if they are connected to something or not, they are still drawing power. It’s not a hefty amount and unplugging your charger won’t lower your power bill, but anything helps. 

There are so many ways to reduce your carbon footprint and it is up to us, as a collective, to take the correct steps in taking care of our planet.