You Must Be the Change You Wish to See in the World

The famous quote goes, “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. While this may seem like quite the tall order, there are little practices that, if hundreds of thousands of people did them, would make the world a truly better place. So what kind of things can you start doing today? That is why the following list of simple things you can both do as an individual and encourage others to do has been created. The tips by our friends at WATT are, in no particular order, as follows:

  • Use A Power Strip
  • Reusable Grocery Bags
  • Air Dry Your Hair
  • Create A Store List
  • Eat Meat Every Other Day

Use A Power Strip

Electronics can be energy hogs and as the industry continues to come out with more and more gadgets for lower and lower prices, the energy demand continues to rise. While many know that unplugging devices even when they are not in use can save them money, they may not always take the time to do so. Instead, try buying a power strip. This way, the same net effect is achieved with the simple flip of a switch.

Reusable Grocery Bags

This one seems obvious but there are some additional implications to consider. When a supermarket pays for plastic bags, that cost must be recovered with ever so slightly higher priced foodstuffs. By bringing your own reusable bags, you are both helping the environment as well as cutting costs of the store which can then be passed on to you in the form of cheaper items on the shelf.

Air Dry Your Hair

A little-known fact about hair dryers is that they require an astonishing amount of energy to operate. In fact, they are one of the highest wattage appliances in the home. This is both poor for the environment around us as well as costly to your energy bill. Attempt air drying your hair when possible. In addition, this technique can save your hair from heat damage as well as give you a more natural look.

Create A Store List

Food is wasted at incredibly high levels. In some households, it is estimated that almost half of the food brought into the house never makes it onto the dinner table. Not only is this terribly wasteful and bad for the agricultural industry, it wastes a ton of money as well. To combat this, try to make a store list and plan out your meals so that you’re only purchasing what you need and will be far less likely to impulsively purchase in excess.

Eat Meat Every Other Day

Eating meat has become so ingrained in our society that many feel as if a meal is incomplete without an animal protein. The fact of the matter is that meat utilizes plenty of natural resources to both grow and then process and package. While some have given up animal protein altogether, others can take smaller steps to minimize their carbon footprint. By eating meat every other day, you are essentially reducing the number of natural resources it takes to feed you by nearly half.

There is an underlying theme throughout these tips and it is that being environmentally conscious and making the world a better place does not always have to come at a cost. In fact, all of these tips and so many more are simple, improve your quality of life and save you money! That is a movement that anyone should be jumping at the opportunity to get behind.

 

This infographic was curated by Rachel Troutman, see more here   

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