Living consciously means making conscious decisions instead of just living your life without thinking about the consequences of these decisions.
Have you ever felt like you are just “existing”? You get up, get ready, go to work/school, do what you have to do, go back home, sleep. It’s like living a monotonous/robotic life and you don’t even realize you are doing it. One day you might look back and notice how much time has passed and you haven’t done what you always wanted to do. You realize how much time you have lost. This happened to me.
As I grew older, I started caring about the environment. I found out how bad world’s pollution has increased in the last years. I decided that I wanted to help the environment by studying Chemical Engineering. I came up with an idea that I was determined to achieve once I graduated college. One day I watched a Youtube video called “Why I live a zero waste life” (if you have not seen it, I highly recommend you watch it) by Lauren Singer. She talks about how she was an “Environmental Science” major and while she was in school, she had a classmate that would annoy her so much because she would generate so much trash. Every single class she would eat chips and drink soda and she would trash the plastic bottle and the bag of chips. She was mad just by thinking about the amount of trash her classmate would generate every single class. While thinking about this one day, she realized she generates a lot of trash too. This is when she decided to live her life according to her beliefs. She decided that was going to make a change in her life and stick to it no matter what. This made me think…
After that day, I decided that I was going to start making that impact that I wanted to make AT THAT MOMENT. Not the next day, no after I graduated, at that exact moment.
So I invite you to do the same thing if you have come to this website is because you care about the environment and you would like to know how can you do to help it. Take the decision now, and start changing how you live your life little by little. Because even though you might think that whatever change you make in your life is too little, believe me is not.
Now, if you have made that decision, let me help you. Here are some things you can start changing to live a conscious life and to help the environment:
Reduce the trash you generate
Before you buy an item, think if you can re use it, if the material is recyclable, if it’s going to last long before it become trash. This will be a major change: DO NOT BUY DISPOSABLE ANYTHING. I know that it might be easier for you to use disposable utensils, plates, and/or cups but it will make a huge difference. If something breaks at home, repair it instead of trashing it. I know that you might have the money to buy a new something instead of repairing it but we really need to reduce the amount of trash we send to landfills. Besides, repairing might be fun. You can put on practice skills you might already have or learn new ones. Now days, you can learn everything from the internet. If you can’t repair it, then recycle it. Get to know the rules for recycling: Which items are recyclable? What can you recycle depending on where you live? You will find out how much you can actually recycle and you didn’t even know about it.
Say NO to plastic bags
Get some reusable bags and keep them always with you when you go shopping, either to the supermarket or to the mall. In case, you forgot them, just carry the items yourself. If you are forgetful, don’t worry you are not the only one. My sisters and I sometimes forget the reusable bags when we go to the supermarket. So, what we do is that we fill out the shopping cart and we take it straight to the car. Then when we get home, we get the reusable bags to carry the items home.
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Say NO to plastic bottles
Plastic is disgusting period. Plastic leaches estrogen-like chemicals such as BPA (I mention this one because you have probably heard of this one, although there are many other chemicals you should worry about). It has not been proved that BPA can cause health problems but it has been strong correlated to this. I don’ know about you but I don’t want to wait to find out. Instead, just use safer options like glass bottles or a stainless-steel reusable water bottle.
Don’t waste food
Plan what you are going to eat so you don’t waste food and start composting your food.
Thanks to technology, now we can opt to get our mail via e-mail. This will save so MANY trees.
Think before you buy clothes
Choose quality over quantity. It’s better to buy better quality clothes that might cost more over cheap clothes that you will probably dispose of after a few wears because they are not good quality at all.
Read my article on sustainable fashion for more info about this. You can also opt to buy used clothes at Thrift Shops or online.
TIP: You can also sell your clothes on Thrift Shops and buy from them at the same time. It’s like trading clothes and some places remove taxes from your purchase. It’s a win-win situation.
Donate what you don’t want anymore instead of making it trash
I always donate items I don’t want anymore to places like Goodwill. Goodwill sells the donations uses the money to help others.
Goodwills meet the needs of all job seekers, including programs for youth, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities, criminal backgrounds and other specialized needs. In 2016, Goodwill helped more than 313,000 people train for careers in industries such as banking, IT and health care, to name a few — and get the supporting services they needed to be successful — such as English language training, additional education, or access to transportation and child care. –Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
If you want to know about more tips to help the environment in your everyday life, check out The Ultimate Guide For The Lazy Environmentalist.
Other interesting ideas to help the environment are:
Make Ecosia your web search engine.
Ecosia uses over 80% of the profits from your web searches to plant trees where they are needed most. So while you are surfing the internet, you can impact the world while contributing to plant trees.
Use smile.amazon.com instead of just amazon.com.
Did you know that if you use smile.amazon.com when you purchase at Amazon, they will donate a percentage to the charitable organization of your choice? Give it a try!