Guest Post By: Patrick Bailey
The everyday actions you consciously choose each day can have a powerful global impact if you are trying to support the environment. The science behind climate change is daunting, but individuals like yourself can create gradual change collectively that leads to a ripple effect on markets and trends. From supporting ethical brands to reducing your own carbon footprint through daily lifestyle changes, your consumption will slowly decrease and your dollars can support larger levels of positive change. Consider these realistic approaches if you’d like to begin saving the environment on an individual level.
Supporting Ethical Brands
The most valuable investment you can make with your dollar is to support brands who are publicly contributing to environmental sustainability. More and more companies are spending profits on climate-related initiatives or working to improve sustainability in their own operations. Clothing brands might recycle used materials in production. Food brands may source local plant ingredients and support animal rights advocacy groups. Even energy companies are switching to renewable sources. By researching these ethical brands, you can gradually transition your business to support a sustainable economy. Carbon footprint calculators are a great tool to help you estimate your savings and environmental impact by the daily investments you make in global brands.
Eating Whole Plant Foods
The food you eat is a powerful indicator of your carbon footprint and daily impact on the environment. The global food economy has consistently sourced shipments and animal agriculture across the world, which in turn deplete our resources and energy. Eating local ingredients reduces shipping time and resources, so do your best to support local farmers and businesses. To take this to the next level, challenge yourself to eat plant-based when possible. Doing so reduces the demand for large-scale animal agriculture, improves your long-term health and protection from lifestyle diseases, and can even impact your body’s response to a serious mental health diagnosis. Eating whole plant foods provides exponential benefits to your body, mental health, and ultimately, the environment.
If you are averse to making a drastic change right away, you can still create a positive environmental impact by reducing the consumption you already partake in. Practicing this method keeps your lifestyle intact while gradually reducing your impact over time. For example, you may alternate between making your coffee at home with times you grab plastic to-go cups on the way to work. Perhaps you begin clothing swaps with your friends to reduce the plastic and shipping resources used on clothing. Reducing consumption can even look like using public transportation, cutting back on showering time, and using reusable grocery bags when possible. Reducing your use of resources does not need to feel like a drastic change if you do so gradually.
Environmental sustainability is a global movement that requires individuals to create change in their own lifestyles. You can make a difference in your own carbon footprint and contribute to market demand for sustainable companies that further your own environmental causes. Follow these simple steps to feel empowered and effective in your efforts to improve our environmental sustainability.
By Patrick Bailey for www.sustainabilityactive.com