June 5, 2019 | Green Living Show
How To Make Every Day World Environment Day
We love Earth Day! It is great to have a holiday that cements the fact that the environment needs our help more than ever. With the drastic changes that have happened to our ecosystem, the world needs us to be its ally. Today is World Environment Day and it is the perfect time to continue the conversation about what we can do to further help our planet.
Make Eco-Friendly Choices
Even though we are all used to our routines, making the swap for environmentally friendly options can be really easy! Whether it be at work, in our homes, our shopping habits or even our makeup routines - we can all make changes to help reduce our carbon footprints.
With summer almost here, skip taking your car to the office and make the more eco-friendly choice to ride your bike or walk to work. If the office is too far to walk, try to find a co-worker to carpool with or consider taking the bus. Don't limit this to your work commute! Apply it to other areas in your life as well. Whenever and however you choose to do so, reducing gas emissions is an easy way to help air pollution.
Another way to make a difference is through our beauty routines. Many people don’t realize that makeup is having an impact on our environment. Through pollution and the dangerous chemicals incorporated into products, our makeup choices are severely hindering the planet. The easiest place to start is by finding makeup brands that use sustainable packaging and are biodegradable. It can be difficult to understand what each eco-friendly label means but when searching for these kinds of products, look for packages that contain bamboo, biodegradable paperboard, recycled plastic, and silicone.
The next place to look when making better choices is the ingredient list. When choosing eco-friendly makeup, the easiest thing to look for is products that are considered vegan and cruelty-free. Not only are these ingredients not tested on animals but they are also better for both you and the environment. You’ll find through your search that these kinds of products exist under well-known makeup brands such as Tarte, Too Faced and Wet n Wild. This initiative has also been integrated into haircare. The next time you are looking to make a change to your hair, consider applying a natural-based hair colour to your hair instead.
Continue to Stay Mindful
It is easy to only pay attention to the environment on these widely celebrated holidays, but in order to actually make a difference, it is important that we continue to stay mindful of our choices. Throughout your daily life, continue to make eco-friendly choices. If you see a plastic bottle on the side of the road, pick it up. If you need to get groceries, skip the plastic bags and bring your own reusable tote bags. Pick organic options or purchase fruits and vegetables from your local farmers market versus a big brand store. Your eco-friendly choices will help the planet. Not only that, but you will also help inspire others to take part. Work with your office and local neighbourhood to make eco-friendly choices such as planting a local garden, installing more recycling bins nearby or donating clothes to a shelter.
Keep The Conversation and Education Going
Along with making sure that we continue to stay mindful of our choices, it is important that we keep ourselves informed and educated and that we continue to talk about what is happening to the environment. With social media being as popular as ever, use your social platforms to share eco-friendly tips and tricks and/or share environmental news and updates. It is important that everyone stay educated. A fun and interactive way to stay up-to-date is by watching educational TV shows such as Planet Earth, Our Planet or the upcoming HBO documentary Ice on Fire. If you have little ones, another great idea is to take a day trip to your local zoo. Not only will this give you a chance to look at some extraordinary animals but also learn more information about their habitats and the steps we can take in helping to protect them.Making smart and eco-friendly choices while continuing to educate yourself are only some of the ways we can help bring awareness to World Environment Day. Feel free to share in the comments below some ways that you are helping the planet today!