We’re all looking for ways to make our families and the planet healthier. The problem? Too often we take on changes that are nearly impossible to stick with. Instead of huge lifestyle adjustments, why not try to implement simple “micro changes”? A few easy-to-adopt habits can really add up. Once you see how easy it is to implement small tweaks, you’ll want to take on a few more.
Here are a few ideas to help you get started.
Make It Yourself
We talk a lot about plastic waste but food waste is also a serious threat to the health of the planet. In the US, it’s estimated that 30-40 percent of the food supply goes to waste, making it a significant source of waste in our landfills. A lot of that food could go toward feeding hungry families. But there is also the environmental cost. Land, energy, water and labor all go toward the production and then disposal of wasted food.
An easy step you can take? Ask this one question: Can I make it myself? Food staples like bread, pasta sauces, broth, and salad dressings are astonishingly easy to make at home, even for non-chefs. You’ll cut down on waste and save money at the same time.
Walk Just A Little More
Walking is one of those habits we already know is good for the planet and for our bodies. But suddenly walking to the store when you’re used to driving isn’t always an easy change to make.
So start small. See if there’s a way you can accomplish a few errands nearby and walk instead of driving. If you have a package to mail, see if there’s a post office within walking distance. These small, low pressure changes can have a positive impact on the health of the planet – and YOU.
Support Sustainable Business Practices
When a business you frequent makes efforts toward sustainability, no matter how small, it’s worth letting them know you appreciate it. Start by supporting green vendors where possible. And when your local restaurant gives you the option to skip plastic cutlery for take-out, let them know you see and appreciate their efforts. This can only help promote more sustainable changes.
You’ve heard it before but small changes can add up to big impact. Make it easy on yourself by starting small and watch the benefits add up!