“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
— Jane Goodall
- Leave No Trace in the Great Outdoors
Whether it’s a walk in the park or a hike in the mountains, your actions can impact the environment. A simple rule of thumb: if you pack it with you, pack it back out. Bring a bag along with you for your trash, recycling and even compostable items. Mother earth, the wildlife and those that follow you will appreciate it.
- Use Reusable Cloth Masks and Dispose of Masks Responsibly — And Save Animals
Over 129 billion face masks are being disposed into our environment since the onset of COVID-19. Our parks, sidewalks, mountains, lakes and oceans are being polluted at an alarming rate. In addition, they can entangle animals and unfortunately kill them if ingested. Use reusable masks that are easily washable, and for your medical masks, cut the ear straps to help prevent wildlife from getting entangled in them before disposing.
- Minimize Your Food Waste
Just imagine the time, effort and cost it takes growing food, shipping it around the world, and your hard-earned money buying the food – not to mention the water and land usage. Only purchase what you know you will be able to consume before food spoils. Consider composting your food scraps. A great DIY project (and chef’s secret) is saving all of your vegetable scraps in a freezer bag in the freezer, and making your own home-made vegetable stock. Simple, healthy, delicious and free.
- Use Reusable Shopping Bags for Everything – Not Just Groceries
We know that single-use plastic is impacting the environment and our wildlife. Keep reusable shopping bags in your car at all times to that you’re always prepared. Collapsible bags are also really convenient to have with you in a backpack or purse. Let’s ditch plastic shopping bags once and for all in 2021!
- Use Glass Jars and Storage Containers
Glass containers are much more environmentally-friendly than disposable plastic and they last forever. Gone are the days of warped containers from the dishwasher, and unsightly stains – plus they look pretty stylish in your kitchen. Wide mouth mason jars are excellent for storing both dry and liquid ingredients. Heating plastics may also cause dangerous chemicals to leach into your foods. Considering less than 10% of plastics actually get recycled, this is a no-brainer.
- Purchase and Consume Products that are Eco-Conscious Brands
Invest in foods and products that are made well and are interested in your health, and the health of the environment. This send a strong signal to their competitors that change is necessary. Look for packaging that displays a recycling symbol, uses natural plant-based ingredients, and is void of chemicals. Ultimately we are all working together to create a healthier self and planet.
- Shop at Thrift and Second Hand Stores
We’ve all done a great job at donating unwanted clothing and other items to second hand stores, but have you considered shopping at them? As we become more aware of how unsustainable it is to buy everything brand new, consider a little treasure-hunting and you will be surprised at what you may find. From designer clothing to furniture and décor, sometimes the thrill of the discovery will even outweigh the bargain price.
- Spread The Plant-Based Message Positively
Many of us already understand the benefits of a plant-based diet for our health and the well-being of our planet, but it isn’t something that should be pushed upon anyone. It could mean introducing a friend or family member to an incredible dining experience, or favourite recipe. Who doesn’t love great food? Change takes time. Being a good role model and living by example is an excellent place to start.
Interested in eating more plants?
Here’s your inspiration: IMPACT Magazine’s Best of FOOD Edition – over 200 pages of plant-based recipes and nutritional advice from our experts.