With environmental issues like water contamination, pollution, and climate change, it’s natural to look for ways we can reverse the damage to our planet and keep our environment clean. Many of us think we’re too small to make a difference, but when enough of us take action, we’ve seen the positive results we can create.
Today we’re looking at the steps – big and small – you can take to keep our environment clean and safe.
1. Let your voice be heard
Your state and local representatives need to hear from you. Never doubt – they’re hearing from special interest groups and big businesses with big money. There are several steps we can take in our individual lives, but let’s face it… your home can’t possibly pollute or waste resources on the same scale as a large factory or corporation. Here are a few ways you can voice your concerns and ask that corporations are held to standards that protect our planet and keep our environment clean and safe.
2. Refuse single-use items
Straws, to-go cups, disposable razors, and plastic grocery bags are some ubiquitous examples of single-use products in our economy. Finding a reusable option for these items we use once and toss is a simple way to make a big difference.
While replacing all single use products with reusable products is best, it can be overwhelming at first. If, like a plastic grocery bag, the product’s useful life is less than an hour, try replacing it with a more sustainable alternative.
One of the best ways to avoid these products is to refuse them before they enter your life. Unsubscribe from mailing lists and catalogs, bring your own bag, order a drink with no straw, and decline unnecessary receipts.