World Earth Day is almost here, and this year's theme is all about ‘Investing in our planet.’ So, let's talk about how you can put your money where your mouth is and show some love to Mama Earth!
First up, let's talk about the big bad wolf of the environmental world - plastic. We all know by now that plastic wreaks havoc on the environment, and by 2050, it's predicted that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish! New studies have even discovered a new gene plasticity in fish, which has shown the genetic makeup of our fish has been altered, even when they haven’t yet digested microplastics. Sigh! So, PLEASE ditch the plastic straws, cutlery, and bags, and opt for more sustainable and reusable options. There are so many options out there, so no excuses!
Now, let's talk about everyone's favourite thing - food! Buying local and seasonal produce is not only a great way to support local farmers, but it also reduces the carbon footprint of your food. Bonus points for also shopping organic, this helps care for the soil and keeps it thriving for generations to come. Who doesn't love a fresh and juicy tomato that didn't have to travel halfway across the world to reach your plate and doesn’t contain any nasties?!
Next up, it’s all about the products we use in our everyday lives. Choose products that are sustainably made and have eco-friendly packaging. Look for products that use renewable resources like bamboo or recycled materials and avoid products that contain harmful chemicals. It’s also important to ask yourself if you really do need that new top when you have a closet full of unworn items… oops! Try thrift shopping, second-hand marketplaces and even setting up clothes swap parties with your pals. A new outfit and hangs with friends without spending a penny, yes please!
Let’s now turn our attention to our energy usage. Reducing energy usage is an easy way to invest in our planet. Turn off lights and electronics when you're not using them, use energy-efficient light bulbs, and invest in appliances that are Energy Star certified. We all know the cost of living is rising dramatically, so this tip will have both the planet and your wallet will thanking you!
Last but not least, let's spend some time supporting companies that prioritise sustainability and ethical practices. It may take a little more time, but by doing your research and choosing businesses with transparent supply chains who support sustainable initiatives, you're supporting a better planet for everyone. Transparency is key to accountability, and brands who really care about making a difference, won’t greenwash you with vague details and trending buzzwords.
Investing in our planet is not just a responsibility, it's a real opportunity to make a difference. So, let's get out there and show some love to our favourite planet, we only have one to call home after all. Happy Earth Day everyone!