Happy Earth Day friends! Being home so much lately has had me spending A LOT of extra time outside. I am enjoying the extra freshness in the air, and you can really tell Mother Earth has appreciated us staying put a bit. I think that enjoying our environment a little more lately has made me think about how I can reduce my carbon footprint even more.
The average carbon footprint for a person in the United States is 16 tons, one of the highest rates in the world. Globally, the average is closer to 4 tons. To have the best chance of avoiding a 2℃ rise in global temperatures, the average global carbon footprint per year needs to drop under 2 tons by 2050. – www.nature.org
So in an effort to be more environmentally friendly, here are five things you can do to instantly improve your carbon footprint:
- Stop with the single use plastic: I honestly never realized how much plastic I was using until I really started paying attention. Straws, shopping bags, baggies, plastic silverware, etc. It’s so easy to throw some totes in your car for the grocery store, or keep reusable straws in your purse. There are so many great, reusable options out there now. I urge you to check them out! Some of my favorites are below.
- Stop using daily make-up remover wipes: This one was SO easy once I invested in a couple of Makeup Erasers! These things are AMAZING at removing makeup, and so easy to wash. You literally just throw it in with your laundry. I was probably using 2+ disposable makeup wipes a day, and now I use ZERO! Plus think of the money you’ll save by not constantly having to buy a new pack of disposable ones!
- Shop fashion brands that are doing their parts: This one is hard for me because I LOVE fashion, and new clothes. I’ve tried to stop shopping fast fashion shops though due to their treatment of the environment. Think Forever 21, H&M, SheIn, etc… They are producing SO much SO fast, and it wreaks havoc on our planet. It is worth it to spend more, get better quality and have the peace of mind that your favorite brands are helping. Some of my favorite eco-friendly brands are Reformation, Beyond Yoga & Rothy’s. Using rental services like Rent the Runway and Express Style Trial, is a great way to reduce fashion waste as well. There are tons of brands making strides in the right direction, so I suggest doing a little research before spending!
- Replace light bulbs & outlets to energy saving ones: This is an easy switch, that you will barely notice. Switch your household light bulbs to energy efficient bulbs. They may seem a little more costly up front, but they will save you money on your electric bill and usually last longer. You can also change out your wall outlets to energy saving options as well! These are quick, simple solutions that won’t have you feeling like you’ve made a drastic change!
- Walk, bike or ride an electric scooter: Where you live really affects how easy this one is. I have about a 30 minute commute to work, so these aren’t really an option for that. However, most of my weekend activities are nearby. I have a scooter than I love to take around, so that’s my go-to weekend transportation. Try to use your car less when you can. Even if it’s just walking from store to store at a shopping center instead of moving your car each time. Baby steps.
I know it is unrealistic to think we are all just going to wake up and completely go green tomorrow. The reality is we have been using harmful environmental behaviors for most of our lives. If we each just make SOME changes though, we have a much easier chance of making progress! What green habits do you currently have, or what changes are you wanting to make? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.
Hope y’all have a Happy Earth Day!!!!!