Pollution and an unhealthy environment are a sad reality in this day and age. The way we disrespect Mother Earth sadly shows in our surroundings as well and human health declining due to environmental circumstances are just a way our Mother Nature shows that it cannot take it any longer. We have to step in and show Her love, compassion, kindness and gratitude for everything She does for us. Unfortunately the convenience, and the avalanche of cheap and disposable products has taken over and it’s only getting worse. But there is good news. We have the power to step in and make great changes to regain our beautiful nature and healthy environment. There are many ways to do this (thankfully), but we can take small steps and add more changes once we feel more confident. It doesn’t have to be uncomfortable and it is actually saves us a lot of money in the long run. I have compiled a list of things that can be swapped and better our lives and the one’s around us. You don’t have to do all of them! And don’t beat yourself up if you don’t always get it perfect, every little step we take has a great positive impact.
The key really is to look into your home and see things that you can swap and reuse, or buy things with multiple uses. You’d be surprised to see how many things you thought are useless could actually serve a beautiful purpose in saving the Earth.
Coffee cups/reusable bottles I have gotten a reusable insulated bottle and a coffee cup for my drinks, before I had them, I was just using recycled glass bottles for my drinks and smoothies. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive (unless you want it to)
Shopping bags I used to buy plastic shopping bags and have a tad to many. I still reuse them time and time again until I won’t be able to do it anymore, I am not going to throw them away and just get cloth bags, because that would hurt the environment just more. I am able to save plastic bags from work that would go to trash and use those to hold my groceries for now. When I won’t be able to do that I will resort to buying reusable cloth bags.
Bottled water sometimes I cave in, and I buy bottled water for work, but for our house, we bought a water filter and never looked back. It makes me so happy to see how much plastic usage we have reduced, just with this single swap.
Paper towels I try to avoid buying paper towels, but hubby manages to sneak some in, I use cleaning cloths instead. Cutting trees has become a major problem and it just adds to Earth’s misery and hurts our ecosystem. This problem is almost always overlooked because paper is better than plastic, but people often forget that cutting trees is involved as well as the resources that go into producing paper, together with pollution created from factories.
Buying unpacked produce is also good, because along with helping the environment, it helps small businesses (farmers markets) and your health thrive. I also like to grow my own herbs and veggies (in the house) as much as I can. There is wonderful resources available on the internet if you are interest. Plus there is a huge satisfaction in knowing that you have grown your own food
There are more things that can be done, perhaps I can make a follow up post with more ideas, like having living plants in your house instead of buying home decor (useless) pretty looking things, or cutting off the use of natural resources like electricity, heating oil and TV time, which also help save money, our health, declutter our space and mind, and nonetheless help mother earth regenerate and breath. Thank you for reading the post. I hope I have inspired you with some ideas, or at least get you thinking of the never ending problem and empower you to make a change! Stay tuned for the next inspiring post. Spread love and compassion and stay humble 🙂