How to Help Environmental Sustainability

How to Help Environmental Sustainability

Amanda Piunno, Photo Essay Writer, Review Writer

 Remember the three R’s from elementary school. Reuse, reduce, recycle. People seem to only know recycle and forget the reuse and reduce.

Between half the amazon forest burning down and the entirety of Australia burning, we went from having 12 years to about 18 months to prevent the extremely fast climate change and bring it back to a more natural pace. Many people view this as false (despite science and facts proving it otherwise) or don’t think about how in about 80 years humanity and the animal kingdom will fall. If you plan on having children in the future and care about their lives or care about wildlife, please take this article into consideration.

These are some ways you can easily help the environment and the world without having to completely change your lifestyle. 

Now don’t get all SKSKSKSKSKS on me. It doesn’t have to be a $60 Hydro Flask. You most likely have a few reusable bottles at home from events or some sort of entertainment center. Metal is always better than plastic bottles and will last you longer but if you’re on a budget, work with what you have! Only drink filtered water (you can get a water filter from the tap. You can also drag out anything harmful in the water by having some water put in a jar and purify it with charcoal water filter sticks. 

On the topic of reusable bottles, you can also get coffee cups or insulated cups. Paper cups usually aren’t recyclable due to plastic lining inside and styrofoam is also bad for the environment as well. Places like Starbucks and Circle K allow you to use these cups and will even give you a small discount. Saving the environment and the money. 

Okay again, no sksksksk. Though straws only make up about 1%(or less) of the plastic pollution, it’s still important to get rid of plastic straws. Plastic straws should only be used for medical purposes as they were originally intended to. I suggest not even using a straw at all, but, if you drink lots of soda or sugary drinks, it’s actually best you use them to prevent cavities. The drink generally won’t make too much contact with your teeth. There are more alternatives to metal straws (and no, they do not make your drinks taste like metal). The alternatives include bamboo (don’t last as long and will have to be completed eventually) , silicone, sugarcane, and more. Just use whatever’s comfortable for you. Another tip, ask for no straws at restaurants. 

Eat **LESS** meat/animal products. You don’t have to cut meat completely out of your diet if you don’t want to but at least try to cut some out. You should limit your red meat intake to about once or twice a month. Forests are burned down to farm cows and eating less red meat could help solve the issue. Try getting your eggs from your friends or just someone you know, a lot of people own hens around here. Some people might just give them to you for free if you know them well enough. Do not consume fish too often if you have the choice, fish species such as salmon have low populations. 

Odds are you have some sort of tote bags at your house. Much like the water bottles, they tend to build up in storage somewhere from events. It doesn’t have to be a grocery specific bag, it can be any. Take them shopping with you wherever you go. Keep them in your car in case of unexpected stops or just simply forgetting them at home. You could also opt for paper bags if stores provide them or if it’s just a single small item, you don’t need a bag at all.

Pack your meals before work/school. You’ll save yourself from buying something like McDonald’s or the school lunch and will most likely have a healthier meal. School lunch trays, milk cartons, and food that you’re forced to take in plastic cups are thrown away and fast food packaging is almost non-recyclable due to grease seeping into the paper. 

Thrift shopping shouldn’t just be considered “trend”. Thrift stores are cheaper alternatives to buying overpriced fast fashion. You can even find name brand clothes for a low price without actually giving harmful company’s your money directly. Thrift stores also have lightly  used appliances, electronics, pots, pans, jars, toys, books, and more. It is also good to buy Items from certified eco-friendly websites (which some will be listed at the end of the article). Consider visiting a thrift store before buying off the shelf. 

A lot of people actually don’t know these exist. These are beeswax wraps and they’re basically a great alternative to plastic wrap. Now of course things like meat can’t be wrapped with them but they’re good with covering containers/bowls you don’t have lids for. They last about a year- year and a half as long as you take care of them properly. They’re a little expensive but they’re well worth the cost and come in lots of different sizes and colors.     

Invest for buying a metal safety razor. These are $30 each but will last you a lifetime, just switch out the blade when needed. Ordering from Albatross will also give you a bag to hold your razor in and gives you 10 blades with your order. You can buy refills on their website as well.

Over all, shop sustainability. Buying local grown crops limits the amount of carbon to ship to the store. Thrift shopping can prevent production of more products than needed. Purchase reusables that will last a lifetime. Bring produce bags to the store and opt for paper bags (when available) when you forget your own bags. Fry’s offers recycling of plastic bags, so if you have any drop them into the bin. Make your own food instead of constantly eating out. Keep in mind that reusables can be an investment, however, in the long run they will not cost as much as not reusables.

Earth Hero (sustainable home products) 

Keep Cups (reusable cups)

Albatross Safety Razor

Package Free Shop (sustainable home products)

Reusable Silicone Bags