We can’t take for granted the gifts of nature and civilization we’ve got accustomed to, like unlimited supply of water and food, clear air, electricity, easy transportation, etc. Our mission now is to live in awareness and care – for the balance in ourselves and the world. For that, here are some easy tips on how to be an eco-friendly hero and save the future.
1. BUY STUFF THAT’LL LAST FOR A LONG TIME
Electronics that we use daily contain a lot of precious materials, which are partly difficult to mine. By replacing them after a short use, we just waste natural resources that are by far not unlimited. Choosing quality over quantity is also way cheaper in the long run. If something that is twice as expensive lasts four times as long, you end up with half the costs.
2. EAT LESS MEAT
It takes about 16,000 l of water to produce 1kg of beef. It is also not so good for our health since consumption of red and processed meat increases the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Moreover, the equivalent energy in plant-based protein can be produced using approximately 18 times less fossil fuel energy. It’s not necessary to go all the way vegetarian or vegan, but cutting back and consume plant-based alternatives can make a considerable difference.
3. TURN OFF THE LIGHT, TV & UNPLUG THE CHARGERS
Although individually we consume not that much comparing to the industrial levels, but still our electronic devices use up lots of power when just on standby. If you are lazy as we are, get a distributor with a switch, this way you can “unplug” everything by simply pushing a button.
4. SUPPORT INITIATIVES THAT ARE FIGHTING FOR CHANGE
There are myriads of projects that challenge environmental, economical, and other threats. People, forests, oceans, – all is interconnected and all needs our help. Little contributions also count! P.S. We try to make it super easy for everyone to do good by cooperating with amazing OneTreePlanted who plant a tree for each shoe pair that you buy from us.
5. REDUCE YOUR PLASIC CONSUMPTION
Plastic needs 500-1000 years to degrade and yet there is already 40% of the sea surface contaminated with plastic, that amount still rising. Try thinking plastic-free: use one glass bottle for water instead of buying a new plastic one every day; get a thermo mug for a coffee to go; avoid plastic bags & packages in a supermarket. The vast majority of them is just used once, only 1% is recycled. Even little steps will let you save 1-2 bottles, 1 package, and one plastic bag. Per day!
6. CUT INDIVIDUAL TRANSPORT RIDES
“A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transportation” (Gustavo Petro). Of course, this is not something that every one of us can do on their own since availability and quality of public transport is mostly a political issue. But when possible, avoid driving on your own and car share instead. It might even be faster to reach your destination by public transport. And even if it’s half an hour slower: You can get a lot of work done on the train, but not with your hand on the wheel.
7. USE THINGS UNTIL YOU REALLY DON’T NEED THEM
Try to re-use or give away rather than throw away things like clothes, toys, kitchenware, etc. There are most likely numerous places in your city where you can donate all these. The stuff you don’t want anymore might find a new use in someone’s hands, so it’s really a win-win for everyone involved, for others, for the planet, or your home and your karma as well.
ENJOY & SPREAD THE ECO-FRIENDLY MINDSET.
TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THE FUTURE!