Happy Earth Day 2019: How you can do your bit for the planet

The Earth Day Network is the world’s largest environmental movement – working year round to solve climate change, to end plastic pollution, to protect endangered species, and to broaden, educate, and activate the environmental movement across the globe.

We here at That Vegan Life encourage you to use Earth Day to reflect on your environmental impact, and consider what steps you can take to do your bit for the planet.

The United Nations has published a ‘Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World’, which lists actions that people can take to be in line with its Sustainable Development Goals.

Here are some suggestions that we think, with a little effort, are easy to implement:

AT HOME

  • Take 5-10 minute showers instead of having a bath
  • Air dry – let your hair and clothes dry naturally instead of running a machine
  • Freeze fresh produce and leftovers, if you don’t have the chance to eat them before they go bad, this helps to avoid waste
  • Avoid pre-heating the oven – unless you need a precise baking temperature, start heating your food right when you turn on the oven
  • Recycle paper, plastic, glass and aluminium to keep landfills from growing
  • Compost – composting food scraps can reduce climate impact while also recycling nutrients.
  • Buy minimally packaged goods
  • Of course, eat less meat, poultry and fish – go vegan!

OUT AND ABOUT

  • Shop smart – plan your meals, use shopping lists and avoid impulse buys.
  • Buy ‘funny fruit’ – by this we mean the fruits and vegetables that are usually thrown out because of their size, shape or colour are not ‘right’. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this kind of produce! So get down to your local market, or participating supermarket and help to reduce our global food waste!

(In the UK, Morrison’s has a range that they call ‘Wonky Veg’, its often a lot cheaper and better value for money!)

  • Bike, walk or take public transport
  • Use a refillable water bottle and coffee cup. Cut down on waste and maybe save some money at your local coffee shop
  • Bring your own bag when you shop
  • Shop secondhand – brand new isn’t necessarily best
  • Donate what you don’t use. Local charities accept all kinds of donations; used clothes, books and furniture can be given a new purpose
  • Take advantage of your right to elect the leaders in your country and local community!

 

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