More and more people, companies and communities are working to make positive changes for the environment. As landfills continue to grow, climate change continues to accelerate and animals continue to become endangered, people are trying to correct some of the damage they have made to the environment. If you haven’t already or if you’ve started small but want to contribute more, add making more eco-friendly choices to your list of New Year’s resolutions for 2020! Here are a few ideas to get you started…
Have you gone paperless yet? Now is the time! Not only does going paperless reduce the amount of paper you’re using, but it is also super convenient! You can make your receipts, personal banking and billing statements paperless and manage your bills and accounts with ease via digital apps that keep all of your information in one secure place. Also, you can ask for a digital receipt when you’re out shopping, which goes straight to your email where you can archive it or delete it whenever you want.
Companies can also join the paperless train by putting all of their documentation online in secured cloud software. This will cut way back on the cost of paper from your office supplier, and your client and company information will be more safe and secure. Not only will going paperless help to make your company more secure, save money and make an amazing stride for the environment, but it will also making accounting and filing much simpler. You will also be able to market your organisation as being eco-friendly and environmentally conscious, which investors and clients will love to see and take part in.
Find Eco-Friendly Brands
You can be eco-friendly by recycling plastic bottles and reducing your use of single-use plastic containers, but there are unfortunately so many companies that overuse plastic. To limit your use of plastic, find sustainable brands. Your daily contact lens provider for example; most contact providers use large amounts of plastic packaging for their contacts. However, brands like Scout by Warby Parker use ~80% less plastic packaging on their new contact lenses than other brands, and to top it off the entire package is recyclable! Going a little bit out of your way to find eco-friendly brands for the products that you use daily can really make a difference and encourage other brands to adopt eco-friendly methods as well!
Choose Reusable Items
The U.S. goes through about 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually and the average U.S. family accumulates about 60 plastic bags in just four trips to the grocery store. We have reached a point where convenience is more important to most people than the health of our environment and future of humanity. Although, with that being said, there is always an opportunity to turn that around and make a change. You don’t have to sacrifice convenience, but you can rather just start using reusable items, which have more benefits than just helping the environment! Reusable grocery bags are sturdier, reusable coffee tumblers will keep your coffee hot longer and reusable water bottles will keep your water cold for hours and save you money!
Avoid Using Plastic
There are some shocking statistics surrounding plastic pollution. Let’s take plastic straws as a simple example… According to GetGreenNow, Americans use 500 million straws each day, which is enough to wrap around the earth 2.5 times. Plastic straws are notorious for harming the environment and have made the list of the most common ocean trash as number 11. They are not biodegradable or recyclable in most places and take about 200 years or more to decompose. If that isn’t enough to make you reconsider using plastic straws, about 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine animals are killed by plastic consumption each year.
Fortunately, a lot of cities and establishments such as Seattle, Starbucks (beginning in 2020), McDonald’s chains in the U.K. and more are beginning to ban plastic straws altogether. If you’d like to both reduce your plastic use and continue using straws, consider making the switch to stainless steel straws. Imagine all the products in plastic packaging we consume daily and then the enormity of the crisis soon become very real.
Making just a few simple changes to your weekly routine can have a huge impact on the state of the environment. There are things you can do that you may not even think of right off the bat, so do some research and share your knowledge with your friends, family, company, and community. You could make an important impact this year and your environment and future generations will thank you in the years to come!
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