Not sure if you saw this, but 60% of the worlds animals have been wiped out since 1970. Alarming? Just a little! Scientists believe that habitat loss and over exploitation are the biggest drivers of this loss but say climate change is also a huge factor.
I figured with everything else that is going on in the world this has been swept under the rug a bit and wanted to shed some light on how we can easily be a little bit more environmentally friendly.
- Turn it off.
Energy conservation is a huge way to A) Lower your bills and B) Reduce your carbon footprint. Leaving your electronics plugged in or in standby mode uses a ton of needless energy called phantom power. By unplugging and shutting down your computers and TV’s completely can help curve electricity use. Changing your light bulbs to more energy efficient LED’s is another easy way to curb energy use.
2. Avoid using plastics.
Plastic has somehow found its way into essentially every part of our lives. But it is not as hard to cut out than you may think. Bring clothe bags to the grocery store, buy your produce loose and stop buying bottled water are some ways to curve plastic use. Also think about the necessity of some of the one use plastics you use – do you really need them?
3. Recycle Everything
In Sudbury we are able to recycle a ton of household waste. To learn more about exactly what you can and can not recycle click HERE
In Sudbury we are also able to compost all of our food waste with our green bins. I love my green bin. I use it everyday and it has cut down the amount of garbage I put out at the curb every week. Do you use yours? Click HERE to learn more about Sudbury’s Green bin program.
5. Eat Less Meat.
Yes. Believe it or not about 30% of the earths surface is being used to grow livestock. According to a UN report about 9% of CO2 derived from human activity comes from the livestock sector. If you are going to eat meat try and buy local. You support local farmers and get a fresher, healthier product.
6. Shorter Showers!
I am a huge shower lover. I actually have a low flow shower head that reduces the amount of water I use. Shorter showers reduce your water usage