June 3, 2019
Every year, we celebrate Earth on a single dedicated day—Earth Day. But how can we show our planet a bit more love and support throughout the entire year? David Bauer, CEO at Matters Media, explains how we can make small, positive adjustments to our daily habits that can have a huge impact on this place we call home.
Earth Day has been observed annually on April 22 for almost 50 years. It was created to support environmental protection all around the world, and many events have occurred on this day, from peaceful demonstrations to more historic events, such as the 2016 signing of the Paris Agreement by over 120 countries.
While Earth Day plays a very important role in raising awareness of environmental issues facing our planet, it is imperative that people continue to do their part every day. The health of the planet affects everything around us, including the food we eat and water we drink, the climate we live in, the energy we consume, local and global economies, and our children’s future.
Small steps taken by many have a much larger impact than big steps taken by few.
For food, buy dry goods in bulk where you can is an easy way to save money and waste (especially if you bring your own containers or bags!). Also, if healthy and more sustainable items are more expensive at your local grocery store, look to online delivery services that offer a wider array of products at different price points, such as Thrive Market.
With regards to produce, buy seasonal produce that travels a shorter distance to get to you and has a lower environmental impact. Portion control and keeping leftovers is an easy way to save money, as well as lower your personal waste.
Shopping secondhand for clothes and other household items is a great way to find things at a cheaper price point and reduce the environmental impact of those products, since they will have a longer shelf life.
Look for appliances that do not use excess energy and water. This can lead to cost-savings as well, because the decreased usage leads to longer-lasting appliances and generally less maintenance.
Purified water filters really rack up savings in the long run, especially if you are using plastic water bottles, which are more expensive and very harmful to the environment.
Green Matters focuses on educating and informing readers by covering topics that can easily be applied to everyday life. The content is easily digestible on our website, email newsletter, and social channels. We do not view [the environment] as a political topic—it is something that affects us all. We understand that sustainable solutions are needed, but they must make sense for people to adopt them. We strive to build communities and start conversations around building a sustainable future. Check our our weekly Green Tip on Instagram and browse the website to learn how to live a more sustainable lifestyle that suits you.
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