We know that no one is perfect, completely sustainable, or fully aware of our day-to-day action´s impact. Neither are we!
A lot of companies are releasing a “good-cause-product” to remind everyone about the importance to treat our planet right. Without pointing a finger at anyone, we think that one day can not change everything and there is a necessity for a long-term solution. As said before, no one is able to be 100% sustainable but we and everyone else are able to make a small step in the right direction to change something.
„To do good, you actually have to do something“– Yves Chouinard, Founder and owner of Patagonia
A small change in our life can result in something big! It’s common that people are asking theirselves how big of an impact a single person could be.
But as Yves once said: to do good you actually have to do something. Therefor we thought about sharing some tips on how we can improve ourselves.
A lot of people are taking a shower in the morning to have a fresh start to the day. We all know the feeling of warm water dripping down the body and the fresh smell of shampoo. But thinking twice about it – is it necessary to do let the water flow for 20+ minutes? Actually, it is not and you can save a lot of water while cleaning your body when you stop the water flow? Even though it’s kind of senseless washing everything away right after you put it on, think about it!
At the same time, you are also able to reduce your plastic consumption and get clean with a packaging-free body soap for body and hair. A lot of companies have a variety of great products, which are without packaging, handmade and vegetarian.
The next step after a good shower – brushing your teeth. Speaking about it, do you know the power of bamboo? It grows really really fast, nearly a meter per day! That’s the reason why we are able to harvest a huge amount of bamboo without endangering the population. Another benefit is that the plant does not need any pesticides to grow and is not dead after the harvest!
A bamboo toothbrush is maybe a good alternative to a common one and it will sweeten your morning, even more, especially knowing you did something good for our planet!
“I need milk for coffee and cornflakes” – Use oat milk instead
Today’s milk is not what it used to be. Cows are forcefully impregnated by the dairy industry to produce milk in huge amounts. It includes a lot of unhealthy extras.
In addition to that, a lot of cows live in confined and inhumane conditions, not being allowed to freely roam and graze the natural green grass they are intended to eat. As a lot of companies are praising their organic milk which may be free of unhealthy extras such as antibiotics, all the other negative attributes are still present
Oat milk is a great alternative! It contains a lot of fiber which firstly makes us full and secondly stimulates digestion. Additionally, oat milk or oat drink is a low-calorie product. While buying this alternative you should pay attention that no additional sugar is included.
Another great fact is: You are able to make your own oat milk at home! There are a lot of recipes on the internet.
Small changes in your everyday life can have a huge impact
A general message, which we are trying to spread as well, is to consume consciously! Raise your awareness of the importance of fair and eco-friendly produced goods. Buy products of better quality that will last, instead of buying in mass without thinking. Maybe there is also a way of reusing already bought items. Things such as baking paper, oil, or freezer bags are perfect to re-use. In addition to that, you can try to turn old garments and fabrics into something new like a bag. Or instead of throwing old apparel pieces away, try to give them a new twist. Cutting the sleeves of a long sleeve to get a t-shirt is a good example. The options are endless.
In general, you don’t have to necessarily buy alternative products to do something good for the planet. There a lot of small steps you can improve in your everyday life. For instance, turn the lights off when leaving a room. you don’t have to waste energy when you are not in the room. Or use a bike instead of a car. Try to avoid driving a car just to be comfortable. Whenever you are able to ride a bike or just walk – you should think about it! Not only you are doing something good for the planet but for your health as well.
It’s simple as that
Speaking about your health. It’s a huge subject in today’s society: Try to eat less meat.
Raising cows, pigs and chickens generates as much greenhouse gas emissions as all cars, trucks, and automobiles combined. If we decide to eat fewer meals with meat or dairy each week, we can have a huge impact on our collective health and the health of the planet. Try to reduce your meat consumption by a few meals per week/month.
Do you know how to throw away used cooking oil the right way? Let oil cool, place it in a disposable container, and throw it in the trash. Don’t pour it down the drain, toilet, or garbage can. Oil can damage our environment if you throw it away like that.
Using a tote bag for your purchases in the supermarket or somewhere else is a common thing right? Try to avoid plastic bags and get yourself a reusable bag to carry your goods home safely.
As said before, we don’t want to point a finger and give you the impression that we are perfectly sustainable. We are not. We just want to offer advice on how to improve some things in our everyday lives.
In case you have some tips, which we did not mention above, send us a DM on Instagram and share your way of doing something good!