Easy ways to be eco friendly

Small changes in every day life make big difference

Being environmentally conscious doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. There are a lot of things happening that are bad for the environment that are out of our control. We can’t necessarily stop using gasoline or avoid all plastic, but, we can make small changes in our everyday lives to at least lower our carbon footprint and produce less waste.

Even a small change makes a difference. One change you can make is eating less meat. The meat industry releases a lot of harmful gases into the atmosphere and treating meat takes a lot of water. According to Food Tank, a non-profit organization that aims to educate people about the issues in our food system, it takes almost 1,800 gallons to produce a pound of beef while soybeans, a popular plant based option, take about 220 gallons.

Eating less meat isn’t going to stop the meat industry but at least you won’t be supporting it as much and it would lower your carbon footprint.

Another simple change is being conscious about the transportation you take. All the CKM student IDs have a free bus pass so taking the bus can actually save you money and lower your carbon footprint as well. You can also carpool and walk to nearby places to reduce your emissions and save some gas.

Rethinking the food you buy is another way you can help the environment. Going to the local farmer’s market is more environmentally friendly because the food doesn’t have to be shipped in from far away. Sacramento has a great year round market that isn’t expensive. You would also be supporting small farmers.

Ecosia is another way you can be more eco friendly. Ecosia is a search engine that uses its revenues to plant trees. They are also powered by reusable energy. Of course, it isn’t as good as Google, which I use for just about everything. I still use Google for all my schoolwork but I like to use Ecosia when I do unimportant things like online shopping. You can download the app and it is really easy to use.

A way to easily reduce your waste is by avoiding single use plastic. We use so much plastic in our everyday lives and a lot of it is unnecessary. When you go grocery shopping, you can bring your own bags and reuse them every time instead of getting new plastic ones each time.

You can also invest in some reusable produce bags. Instead of putting your lettuce in a plastic bag, you can buy a large set of reusable bags for around $15 on Amazon. They even have the tare weight and the cashiers are happy to take the weight away so you don’t pay for it.

You can also invest in reusable snack bags. I like bags from Stasher and Zip It. You do have to wash them and they do cost a bit more but in the end, you reduce the amount of plastic you are throwing away and it’ll eventually save you some money.

Another plastic swap is using reusable food wraps instead of plastic wrap. They are also a bit more expensive but they are really useful and good for covering your leftovers. They also last a long time so will help you reduce your waste.

There are other easy ways to reduce your waste. For example you can use a reusable water bottle instead of plastic ones and you can also bring a reusable coffee cup when you go out.

Of course there are tons of ways to decrease your carbon footprint and be more environmentally friendly but I find these to be some of the easiest and they’re also my favorites. Even though it may not seem like you’re doing much, any little bit makes some sort of difference, especially over time. Climate change is one of the biggest issues of this time and it is important we try to make a difference, no matter how small.