Toilet paper is big business with Americans alone spending about $8 billion a year on the soft stuff. However, the cost to the environment is far greater. And the loss of entire ecosystems just so that we can wipe our butts is totally unforgivable.
At some point, it must have occurred to you that there have to be some simple and achievable ways to reduce your trash levels at home. Ways that will not only save you money but will also be totally sustainable and very environmentally friendly. Well, the good news is there is. In Fact, once you start implementing these easy and practical tips, you will benefit from them a lot more than just having a few extra dollars in your pocket! Curious?
We must reduce our carbon footprint! Did you know that if insulation were to be installed in 4 million European homes then the equivalent saving of CO2 emissions would be equal to planting 667 million acres of trees! For real change to happen it must begin now and we all have the power to do that. By adopting most, if not all of the suggestions mentioned in this article you can make a difference. You can reduce your carbon footprint by 80% or more, pick just one thing or several but please commit to changing today.
I have divided this guide into two parts. Part one will ease you in with a list of 11 things that you should be doing at the start of your journey. Incredibly, if you are currently doing nothing then these 11 things could reduce your plastic waste by a staggering 75%! Part two of this guide lists 23 things that you can do to maintain and possibly increase that 75% reduction.
In 2016 Japanese scientists researching landfill sites made the first discovery of a new strain of bacteria. This bacteria was eating its way through plastic! In 2019 a study into the biodegradation of plastic films by marine consortia discovered unidentified microbes in the pits of ocean going plastic...
I would have loved to have read an article such as this before I started my own personal journey. A journey into living a sustainable lifestyle that is good for me, my family, and the planet as a whole. I have included here a list of the things that you should know before starting a sustainable lifestyle. You Can’t Change Everything All At Once Making Mistakes Is Inevitable It’s Your Journey (Be Proud) Lifestyle Terms Are Only Guidelines Do What Makes You Happy Connect With Your Inspiration Think Before You Act Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle, Repurpose, Rot, And Refuse.
As we steadily increase our demands on the world’s limited resources, we also see our actions having a direct effect on the climate of the world. Climate change is now largely accepted as real and as such, is a threat to our delicately balanced ecosystem and all life on earth. However, all is not lost. Many people around the world are switching onto this enforced realism and are starting to take action to curb its effects. From direct activism, to social media chats, to small proactive changes in personal lifestyle choices, people are trying to make a difference.