Five simple but life-changing ways to protect our beloved planet.
By Evie Jepp
According to Youth Connect, humanity is responsible for the extinction of over 1 million species. In addition to this, the amount of plastic floating in our oceans equates to the size of India, Mexico and Europe combined. That’s about 15 million km2 of plastics that are damaging and killing our marine life. With this in mind, here are 5 simple lifestyle hacks, you can adopt today to help keep our planet safe and beautiful.
I go through a lot of organic foods such as fruits and vegetables that always have a little bit of waste (seeds, the ends of carrots, mango skin etc.) so compost bins are perfect. Compost bins are easy to set up; all you need is a place in your garden that has some sunlight and a compost kit which you can buy from almost any garden and outdoor shops. Once set up (there are many resources online to help you get started) simply purchase a container to put your wastes from the kitchen and once full, put the wastes into your compost bin! This minimises the amount of unused food that would otherwise go to waste which is perfect for the little creatures that live in the compost. This compost can then be spread on your garden instead of nasty fertilizers that are filled with poisons that can seep into precious water systems and damage marine life.
There are various products such as shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, body washes and makeup brands that advocate environmentally friendly production and use. It’s easy to make the conscious decision to buy well-priced hygiene products and household cleaning products that are environmentally safe. This means they are greywater safe (do not contain ingredients that damage plant growth), cruelty-free, naturally sourced (lacking in unnecessary chemicals) with 100% recycled packaging. These products are becoming increasingly easier to find and when more people buy them, there will be a greater demand for ethical products to be manufactured! As a side note, buying Australian made products that are also environmentally friendly is really good for supporting local businesses and they are also very reasonably priced!
According to the Rottnest Island website, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans. A big contributor to this is the average plastic bag which takes hundreds of years to decompose and often ends up floating around in our seas. According to Ocean Crusaders, 100 000 found marine creatures have died as a result of plastic bag entanglement. Many supermarkets have reusable, well-made shopping bags that don’t break at the handle (we’ve all had that nightmare) and they last for many years. So head down to your local supermarket and purchase some eco-friendly bags!
Got a supermarket near you? Set some time aside to breathe in the fresh air, look at the beautiful flowers and de-stress. Take those reusable bags with you and treat yourself to some Australian grown fruit or tasty snacks. Using your legs instead of your car when you’re able to helps to decrease carbon dioxide which is a key contributor to greenhouse gas. You’re also promoting good health for yourself, both physically and mentally!
Cling wrap also adds to the death of marine animals and adds to the millions of sea birds killed from consumption of plastic. Change it up and use re-usable plastic containers to take your food to school they not only keep your food fresh but also stop your food from getting crushed by your numerous books. It’s so easy to reduce our one-use plastic consumption and start using either recyclable or sustainable plastics.
With these simple lifestyle changes, we can all help to keep our world clean and create sustainable habits for the future generations!
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