This week we wanted to take some time to talk about something else than wellness. An even more important topic; Our planet.
We think most of you already seen the devastating news about the the rainforest fires in Brazil. The Amazon (the lungs of the world) have been on fire for almost more than 3 weeks now.
We’ve seen many posts coming by on our social media feed, people have been spreading the news, signing petitions and donated money to help out. ( which is amazing!) but we think we could all do a little bit more!
Because writing about how bad its is, won’t change anything… We all need to take responsibility. It’s up to each and every one of us to do something and make this world a better place!
So what can you do?
First we’ll start by explaining what sustainability means and how you can start living a sustainable lifestyle. Sustainability is nothing more than living within the resources of our planet without damaging the environment now or in the future. Everyday we make choices in our lives that have affect on the environment, the climate and animals around us. Its starts with what we eat, buy, drive and so much more. We all have the power to make changes in our lifestyle that can help ensure a more sustainable world for us and the generations after us. The good thing is, these changes are super easy to achieve and completely free!
Don’t worry we won’t ask you to completely change your lifestyle, even minor changes can have a huge impact on the environment. We have put together a list of 5 easy changes you can make to lIve a more sustainably lifestyle from today on!
1. Conscious shopping
We all know shopping can be fun, but do know that every product we purchase has an environmental footprint, from the materials used to create it, the pollution that comes free during manufacturing, to the packaging that ends up as waste. So before you buy, ask yourself do you really need it? If you do, consider buying second hand instead of new and look for minimal packaging and shipping. Its also good to check all your labels. Try to Choose Fair Trade Certified goods when possible to support companies dedicated to sustainable production and paying laborers a fair wage. It may cost a little bit more, but its completely worth it!
2. Go Plastic free
Have you ever thought about how many plastic water bottles you use in a year? Let’s just say a lot! And did you know that plastic NEVER goes away?! So small changes in your drinking habits can have huge effect. So start by ditching single-use water bottles and get a your own water-bottle. When your shopping make sure to bring your own reusable bag so you won’t have to make us of plastic bags anymore, but there is so much more plastic we can get rid of in our day to day life. Think about straws, plastic coffee cups and so on.
3. Start a plant based diet
The massive production of meat is one of the driving forces behind the current fires in the Amazon! The only way to reduce the overall production of meat is to reduce the demand for meat and animal products. Now we know that starting a plant based diet isn’t the easiest thing in the world. But it’s mostly because our mindset gets in the way! People tend to think that vegetarian or vegan diets are extremely limited, so instead of switching to a vegan diet ‘cold turkey’ start slowly. Begin with cutting out meat from you diet a few times a week and replace them with a vegetarian/vegan meal. We are here to assure you that your options within a vegan diet are limitless and we’re convinced that if you give it a try you’ll get a taste for it!
You might already know that cars have a big impact on
You can reduce the amount of carbon footprint by using your bike or simply walking to any local destination. This will not only will you help protect the environment, you will also improve your overall health and wellbeing at the same time. But we do understand that sometimes you just need a car to get from one place to a other.That doesn’t have to mean you always need to own a car, though you can always try to carpool or use a car-sharing service. A other option for if you live in or near a city is to use public transport, like the metro or train.
5. Electricity and Home appliances
One of the easiest ways to be more sustainable in your daily routine is to reduce your consumption of household energy. Turn off the lights and air conditioning when you leave the room. Take short showers instead of long baths.
The good thing about these changes it will help you reduce your monthly electricity and water bills, too!
6. What you can do now!
Sign petitions and if you can donate to spread awareness! There are three important petitions going around that would benefit from your signature.
https://www.greenpeace.org/international/act/stand-with-the-guardians-of-the-amazon/ https://www.change.org/p/stop-the-burning-of-the-amazon-rainforest https://actions.sumofus.org/a/save-the-amazon-stop-the-disastrous-mercosur-trade-deal/?akid=60583.11554325.qB95R_&rd=1&source=fwd&t=1
If you live in the Netherlands you are also able to donate 3 euros to WNF by simply texting AMAZONE to 4333 by doing this you support the emergency action that is being taken at this moment!
These are just a few one so many changes you can start doing today, to live a more sustainable lifestyle and help out the planet.
Let us know what you do, to live a more sustainable lifestyle?