This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Nature Conservancy. All opinions are 100% mine.
You may be wondering how to solve the giant problem of the environment. But what can you do about it? You can take on these 3 Sustainable Practices to make it Earth Day every day!
What are Sustainable Practices?
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) encourages you to “do your part to help make the world a little greener.” In other words, sustainable practices are daily activities that help reduce your carbon footprint, otherwise known as your demand on natural resources. It’s a lifestyle where you make decisions based on what’s best for the Earth’s natural resources.
It’s not about “saving the planet.” Earth has been around for millions of years. It’s going to take more than the existence of a few billion people to destroy it. However, what does need to be saved is the environment that makes it possible for humans to live and thrive here.
But What Can I do?
It’s easy to think that you can’t make a difference. You’re only one person. I get that. I’ve felt that way too, but think about this: you are most like the five people you spend the most time with.
Why? Because those people have an influence on you. Now, think of this in reverse. Your decisions have an impact greater than just your own life. By making a choice to take on sustainable practices in your life, you now are impacting those around you as well.
Imagine if we could get every single person to shift just one behavior — our collective actions have the power to transform this world of ours forever.The Nature Conservancy
It’s actually very encouraging and inspirational to know that your choices can impact those around you!
3 Sustainable Practices
There are a variety of sustainable practices you can take on in your everyday life.
- Reduce Food Waste by Eating Out Less
- Eat a Plant-Based Diet
- Reduce Your Use of Plastic
These are three easy steps you can take every day to help improve your carbon footprint. You can learn about more ways you can make a difference on the environment! How? Download the Everyday Sustainability Guide by entering your name and email to read the tips and get motivated to start now.
Reduce Food Waste by Eating Out Less
According to a recent NPR report on Food waste, a half a pound of food is wasted for every meal served in a restaurant. That’s a lot of food. And if you think about the work that went into the production of that food (including the green house gas emissions along the way), you realize that food waste is having a big toll on the environment.
It appears restaurants are beginning to take this seriously and will be enacting practices to help improve this. In the meantime you can do your part by reducing the number of times you eat at restaurants.
However, when you do eat out, don’t leave uneaten food behind. Box it up and bring it home. I wrote an entire post with tips on reducing waste when eating out. These tips including bringing your own “to go” containers when you go out to eat. That way you can take those leftovers home in your own reusable container!
Eat a Plant-Based Diet
The evidence is in and eating a plant-based diet can have a huge impact on the environment. Everything from the amount of water for a pound of produce compared to a pound of meat to the greenhouse gas emissions for plants vs. animal products indicates that a plant-based diet is the best thing you can do to improve the environment.
But isn’t a plant-based diet boring?
That’s a delicious vegan, black bean sweet potato burger. It’s easy to make, and freezer friendly so you can make a double batch and have plenty on hand. Many of the ingredients are readily available at your local grocery store and will reduce food waste and even minimize product packaging.
Or how about a slice of vegan chocolate sheet cake? It’s a delicious sweet treat that is made without animal products, but tastes just like the kind you’ve loved for years! So, in answer to your question, a plant-based diet is anything but boring! It can be just as delicious as many of the recipes you currently eat today.
You can enjoy vegan pepperoni pizza, vegan lasagna, vegan nachos, vegan donutsand more! That said, there can be a transition period as you get used to things like dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate, or vegan mozzarella instead of cow-based mozzarella. However, give yourself some time and you might find that you prefer the plant-based variety after a while!
Plastics have become an everyday item these days, but it’s not always been that way. Millions of pounds of plastic are produced every year, most of which is produced for single use items. That translates into a lot of plastic in the trash.
I recently spoke with Anna Cummins about the amount of waste that ends up in our oceans and it is alarming! Here are some things you can do to combat that.
- Carry your own diner’s kit to reduce the amount of disposable plastic used. This could include metal or paper straws, reusable utensils and more
- Order a “To Stay” cup next time you go to the coffee shop and do not use the plastic sippy cup with your coffee or tea
- Refuse to use plastic shopping bags. Just make it a policy in your life to never use them! Have plenty of reusable, cloth bags and then get in the habit of grabbing them to go to the store
- When you do use plastic, be sure to recycle it!
- Use a paper straw rather than plastic
Call to Action
These are 3 easy steps you can take to adopt sustainable practices in your everyday life.
Be sure and download your copy of the Everyday Sustainability Guide today and take action to make your life one that supports the environment!