Every day we make many decisions, big and small, that affect our impact on the planet. So today, I want to share small acts of love for the planet. These small things can add up to less damage to our fragile home.
To live with some level of comfort in the face of the future, globally, we must change our lifestyle, which requires us to look for alternatives in our everyday life.
Why take small loving actions for the planet?
We’re probably all guilty of making choices based on mindless consumption. Mindless consumption “is the purchasing of goods in excess, without consideration for the life cycle of that purchase—and it’s wreaking havoc on the environment. To flip the switch on mindless consumption, it’s up to the consumer to take an active role in knowing how their products are sourced.”
Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want. – Anna Lappé
Small sustainable choices you can make today
Small sustainable choices you can make today are love for the planet in the future.
It’s a question all the world is asking, but few have the answers. How can I make better choices for the planet? Should I start a garden? How can I reduce my plastic use? What steps can I take to reduce my carbon footprint?
Here are some small acts of love for the planet that you can try to become more sustainable:
- Stop buying bottled water; use a refillable container instead.
- Support fashion brands that are ethical and environmentally conscious.
- Learn basic sewing skills to patch holes and sew buttons back on. Or if you have a bigger job, take to an alterations shop.
- Install smart thermostats with Energy Star ratings to save energy.
- Say no thank you to plastic utensils and takeout napkins.
- Buy cloth napkins.
- If you’re buying a new appliance, look for the Energy Star label to find the most efficient appliances.
- Pay attention to labels.
- Install rooftop solar panels or solar water heating in your home. Depending on your productivity, you can even add clean power to the grid, further offsetting your carbon footprint.
- Clean your filters. Dirty filters on your air conditioner or heater make the systems work harder and waste energy.
- Unplug electronics when you’re not using them.
- Stream movies through your smart TV, not your game console (it uses about 15 times the energy).
- Plant a tree. (or two!)
- Help curb light pollution. Ninety-nine percent of Americans live under light-polluted skies.
- Invest in a reusable metal or bamboo straw and say no to plastic straws.
One More Thing
If you want to reduce your impact on the planet and lead a more sustainable lifestyle, it’s all about making minor changes or small acts of love for the planet. Each one will help a tiny bit.
Read how Kreussler makes sustainable choices here.