How much of an effect do you believe your personal energy and fuel consumption has on the world around you? The United States is considering rejoining the Paris Agreement, an international treaty aimed at limiting energy use and combating climate change. Plans would almost certainly be devised to minimize the amount of energy consumed by the United States, as well as to reduce and mitigate carbon emissions.
When it comes to how we as individuals handle climate change, no action or change is too small, and it is the small, persistent actions that contribute to the larger changes that are made with the world in mind. But what improvements would you make that are both fair and cost-effective?
Eat a vegan diet
Veganism isn’t the right choice for everybody. Living a fully plant-based lifestyle necessitates commitment and a tonne of adjustments. For many people, no matter how hard they try, this is not really possible. Instead, consider making minor vegan improvements that will have an effect on your lifestyle while also helping to protect the environment. If necessary, have one or two vega meals every week, or make a commitment to purchasing more vegan-friendly products from places like No Evil Foods.
Ditch the fast fashion
Fast fashion is both inexpensive and abundant. Many retailers sell low-cost apparel that is constantly updated when a new trend emerges. The majority of us should admit to falling into the quick fashion pit. However, you can prevent this by not updating your wardrobe as often and purchasing fewer clothes, and buying more ethically produced and sustainable ones.
Reduce your plastic usage
Recycling as much as possible by avoiding plastic containers, plastic packaging, straws, and other similar products. It is the subtle improvements you make and stick to that speak volumes, not the grand gestures. Try switching to a shampoo bar instead of a bottle of shampoo to see how much longer it lasts and adjust to using less packaging in your daily life.
Leave the car at home
One of the biggest causes of pollution is the sheer number of vehicles on the road at any one time. Of course, it is not practical for everyone to leave their car at home all of the time, particularly if they live in a rural area, but where you can walk, catch the bus or cycle. This will not only help the environment but may save you a fortune in gas and can help you to get fit.
Reuse and repurpose
This can be extended to a variety of situations in your life. You can repurpose or upcycle furniture in your home to avoid purchasing new furniture and to give something new life that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Many local community groups on social media are experts in this art and will assist you in getting started.
If you need to buy something, consider going to a thrift store and updating your home with pre-loved rare items that appeal to you rather than purchasing them because they looked nice on show. Do the same for clothes, sourcing any things you need from consignment shops. You can also learn new skills and repurpose clothes to create a whole new look to fit your preferences!