Forests are on fire, cities are flooding, hurricane winds are picking up to 250 mph, animals we grew up with are becoming extinct.
Studies say that by this rate, 2035 will be the “point of no return” in climate change.
We need to do our part to save the planet. And we need to do it NOW.
Here are some shocking facts I’d like to drop on ya before we get to the ways you can save the planet:
- The current rate of deforestation is equal to the loss of 27 soccer fields of trees a minute
- Per every square mile of ocean, there are over 45,000 pieces of plastic floating in it
- By 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish (by weight)
So without further ado, here are the:
10 Low-Effort Ways You Can Save the Planet
#1 – Cut plastic/’one-time use items’ out
According to Forbes, “we’re now at using a million plastic bottles PER MINUTE. On top of that, it is estimated that over half a trillion plastic bottles will be sold in 2020.”
Easy ways to reduce the use of plastic in your life:
- Reusable coffee mug/reusable water bottle: Recycling a single bottle creates 20% less air pollution than creating a new one
- Switch to bars of soap: Bars of soap are usually cheaper than shower gels, and use less packaging & contain no microbeads
- Use reusable straws: 500 million straws are used by Americans DAILY. 100,000 marine animals and 1,000,000 sea birds die from ingesting plastic every year
1 metal straw saves 540 plastic straws a year!
The stainless steel straws I use (regular AND boba straws) (the highest-rated ones on Amazon 😉 ) can be purchased [HERE].
#2 – Switch to fluorescent light bulbs
Fluorescent lightbulbs use about 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 15 times as long, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
You save the planet AND save money? YASSS.
You can buy the lightbulbs I have [HERE]
#3 – Take Shorter Showers
A standard showerhead uses 2.5 gallons a minute- so 25 gallons for the average shower (10 minutes).
The average American showers about 6 times per week, so the typical person uses 7,740 gallons of water each year.
Photo below shows how much water we use a year per person:
You can save 3,870 gallons a year by taking 5 minute showers instead. I use a timer in my shower so I can keep track of time. The timer I use is waterproof!
You can buy the timer I have [HERE]
#4 – Reusable shopping bags AND Reusing Gift Bags
160,000 plastic bags are used globally every SECOND!
& 5 trillion (yes, with a T) plastic bags are produced yearly.
By using 1 reusable shopping bag, you save an average of 170 plastic bags a year.
I also reuse gift bags (i.e. when someone gives me a gift in a box or cute paper bag, I save it for when I gift things to other people!)
They have theeee cutest reusable bags on Amazon too!
And if you wanna go above and beyond like the environmental queen you are, here’s a set of reusable mesh produce bags (eco-friendly & washable honey!)
#5 – Opt for online bills and bank statements
Today, the world consumes about 300 million tons of paper each year.
That’s an average of 700 pounds of paper products per person each year.
For big banks, it’s as easy as going to your app:
- Go to “Account Details”
- Select “Statements and Documents”
- Select “Paperless settings”
- Choose “online only” (to only receive statements online)
#6 – Hang dry when possible
Air-drying clothes can reduce the average household’s carbon footprint by a whopping 2,400 pounds a year.
#7 – Reusable Towels (that replace paper towels)
According to The Paperless Project, 3000 tons of paper towel waste is generated daily—requiring as many as 51,000 trees to be cut down to replace the number of paper towels discarded every day.
The Paperless Project also stated: “If every household in the U.S. just used three fewer rolls of paper towels each year, it would save 120,000 tons of waste and $4.1 million in landfill dumping fees.”
You can buy my reusable towels [HERE]
#8 – Unplug electronics when not in use
Did you know that your appliances use electricity when they’re plugged- even if you’re not using them?
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you could save about 10% on your electricity bill by unplugging unnecessary appliances.
The energy costs of plugged-in appliances can really add up- and unplugging could save your up to $100 to $200 a year.
#9 – Opt for glass spray bottles
Every year, Americans throw away enough plastic bottles to circle the earth 4 times.
I never thought to use glass bottles before, but it makes a lotta sense to. I buy my cleaning supplies (Costco-size) and just keep refilling.
Eliminates a ton of plastic + saves you mula!
#10 – Meatless Mondays
Did you know- an estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef.
If you ate one less burger a week, it would be the equivalent of taking your car off the road for 320 miles.
If you skip steak once a week with your family, it would be the equivalent of taking your car off the road for nearly three months.
If the entire U.S. did not eat meat or cheese for just one day a week, it would be the equivalent of not driving 91 billion miles – or taking 7.6 million cars off the road.
This is why my boyfriend and I do “Meatless Mondays”.
Additional benefits of going meatless:
- reduce your risk of heart disease, obesity, cancer, stroke, and diabetes
- save 133 gallons of water with each meatless meal
- reduces your carbon footprint by 8 pounds (each meal)
- saves money- an average of $4 (per meal) by going meatless! (That’s $208 per person every year)
And I know you’re saying to yourself “omg. I can’t NOT eat meat- what meals can I even make without it?” – that was my initial thought when I heard of Meatless Mondays. But there are actually so many options.
Here’s a list of [200 Meatless meals] (that are also budget friendly)
That wraps up my 10 easiest ways to save the planet. Remember guys- there is no Planet-B. We only have one place to live.
We’re the first generation to feel the impact of climate change- and the last generation that can do something about it.
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