4 Ways To Live A More Sustainable LifestyleTo live a more sustainable life, you may need to make a few lifestyle changes. But those changes don’t have to be radical or happen all at once. The best way to make a difference is to choose one simple lifestyle change and commit to making it a part of your life. Once that change feels like a natural way of life for you, add another. So, where do you begin? Here are four easy ways to get you on the road to sustainability.
Reduce Your Plastic UsageTons of plastic packaging is thrown out each year. And only 20 percent of the plastic used on earth is actually recycled. That plastic that isn’t recycled ends up in our landfills and oceans where much of it never truly breaks down.
At Earth Echo, we have a mission to deliver high-quality, nutritious, and organic products in packaging that is good for the environment. That’s why we partner with Plastic Bank, an organization that works with third-world communities all around the world. This globally recognized company rewards people in poverty-stricken areas with "currency" for each piece of plastic waste they collect and turn in — before it reaches the ocean.
- Stop using plastic straws. Instead, purchase a reusable straw. Just make sure to keep your reusable straws clean and free from mold. Wash after each use with soap and a straw cleaner.
- Stop using plastic produce bags. Purchase or make reusable bags, and make sure to wash them often.
- Bring your own reusable beverage cup when ordering coffee from a take-out coffee shop.
- Stop buying frozen foods since the packaging is mostly plastic. Even those that look like cardboard are coated in a thin layer of plastic. Plus, you'll be eating less processed foods.
- Switch to cloth diapers and reduce your baby’s environmental footprint. Each year billions of pounds of diapers are thrown out. Plus, you’ll save money.
- Stop using bottled water at home, work, the gym — or anytime. Instead, get a water bottle with a built-in water filter and refill with tap water as necessary.
Plant A TreeDid you know one big tree provides enough oxygen in a day for up to four people? Or that it takes about 500 large trees to absorb the carbon dioxide produced by one car driven over 12,000 miles a year? Planting trees is one of the best ways to fight the damaging effects of climate change. By planting trees, you help clean the air, which helps you and future generations breathe easier. Trees also filter the water we drink and provide habitat to over 80 percent of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. How can you help plant trees?
- Plant trees in your own yard or property and encourage your neighbors to plant trees in their yards, too.
- Volunteer with or donate to local organizations that plant trees and restore degraded ecosystems.
- Let your town or city know how important it is to participate in the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program.
- Support tree-planting efforts around the world like the National Forest Foundation.
At Earth Echo supporting Mother Earth’s forests is top priority. In fact, it's the goal of Co-Founder, Craig Collins, to plant one million trees. So, we've partnered with the National Forest Foundation and Eden Reforestation Projects to conserve and restore our national forests in the U.S. and replenish native species forests around the globe.
Purchase Products Made SustainablyPut your money where your mouth is and choose sustainable products whenever possible. From health food to clothing, more and more consumer items are adding sustainability information to their labels. These labels help you know if a product has been manufactured in a way that is considered sustainable from a social, environmental, and economic standpoint. In simple terms, sustainable labeling certifies a brand’s commitment to minimizing the impact on wildlife and mother earth. Here’s what to look for on eco labels:
- Fair Trade certified: This supports paying laborer’s a fair wage for work, and sustainable production.
- USDA certified organic: Organic foods keep harmful pesticides out of the earth and water. It protects farm workers, wildlife, your family, and the future.
- Certified Non-GMO foods: This guarantees the food you eat is produced without genetically modified ingredients.