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Small changes you can make towards a better planet

 

Download apps where you can buy leftover food from restaurants or cafes. You can read more about it HERE

Use THIS website when googling. Its called Ecosia and its a search engine, so when you google it creates ads and those ads generate money and income for trees to be planted!

Instead of using lots of aluminium paper or  baking paper by reusable/washable baking sheets. I think you can buy on amazon and they should last a long time if used correctly!

Dont use an excess of paper/toilet paper/ water in your daily life. And reusing scrap paper can be a good idea! Of course when it comes to cooking it is better to use paper to clean up so that you dont spread lots of bacteria with a dish cloth, but ive noticed that people are very good at using paper unnecessarily and huge amounts of it. I guess paper might be better than plastic… but i have no statistics or facts.

Sign petitions or donate money to charities you believe in. It can be good to do a little research on petitions beforehand, just so that your name doesnt appear or get used in other ways. Also i dont know how effective they are, but it doesnt hurt to sign the petition if you believe in the cause.
Also donations to charity can be helpful. Not everyone is in the position to donate, i know that i cant donate to every “gofundme” page or campaign i see, but when i can i do donate, for example i donated to the Love army for somalia  as well as every month i donate to Djurens Rätt . Its small things like that which i can do… it might not be alot, but its atleast something.
But i do also recommend doing reasearch before donating, just so that you know where your money is actually going so that a company doesnt just take your money and then 10% of it goes to the actual cause.

Taking shorter showers (not always so easy if you love showers/long hot showers!), turning off the tap when brusing your teeth (i need to remember to do this more often), and also doing one big dish washing session instead of lots of smaller ones can use less water. ( However, it can also be nice to just wash the dishes at once to not have a whole lot of dishes at the end of the day. But then maybe be more sensible about the amount of water used.)

Change to energi efficient lightbulbs. I must admit that this isnt something i am so careful or caring about, but just a small difference like this does help the planet, not to mention its cheaper in the long term as well! And of course, dont forget to turn off the lights when you arent in the room and turn off electronics when you arent using them as well as not charging them unnecessarily!!

Also small things like getting all your mail online and all your bank statements and such online saves paper. Here in sweden it costs more if you get an “invoice/payment” via paper, for example if i order something online and choose to get the payment directions via paper it will cost 29kr more than if i just do it online directly. And the same goes for other things as well, not sure if its like this in other countries but i think its great…. more things online to save paper. It can be easier to keep track of payments and such that was as well as not just have a bunch of paper lying about which you eventually lose track of!

These were just small things i thought about yesterday and wanted to share. Maybe they dont interest you or you really dont care, but i believe they make a difference and if everyone were to make these changes it would have an even bigger impact!! Even if you were to just decide that you eat 2 vegetarian/vegan meals a day, 1 whole vegetarian day a week, you use energy efficieny lightbulbs, bring your own bags to the store. You carpool, walk or use public transport, you recycle and compast and you decide that 2-3 times a week you take shorter showers and 1-2 times a week have longer showers/ a bath….. think about the change that would make? Its quite alot even if these are just tiny changes.

Its not about going from black to white, 0 to 100…. For most people they dont want to wash their clothes the same time as they shower, or they dont want to cycle or walk everywhere as it isnt practical in their lifestyle. Or they cant eat fully vegetarian/vegan and thats ok… there are other things you can do!! And we all have different priorties in life, that is also ok…. however i think that everyone should priortize the planet and making a difference in whatever way you can no matter how big or small those changes may be!!!

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^^ I found THIS page with some good tips as well!

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3 thoughts on “Small changes you can make towards a better planet”

  1. re-usable baking sheets are really great and well worth buying as it saves you money in the long run. I`ve had mine for a couple of years now, all they need is a quick rinse in warm soapy water after use and they`re ready to use again! I would definitely recommend them.

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