Sustainability Newsletter: Vol. 3
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These days, it’s easy to get discouraged about what we can do to help the earth. Sometimes it seems like our efforts are so minuscule that they don’t actually do much to help the overall wellbeing of our planet. Like, does bringing my reusable bag to Trader Joe’s really help the world? I’m only one person.
The short answer is YES, but we’ve got a little more to say about that because you are seriously underestimating how much you matter and how much of an impact you, as an individual, can truly make.
Get this: you’re chilling at a coffee shop and decide to treat yourself to a nice large, refreshing cold brew. They offer you a straw. You’re thinking, “It’s just one straw. It won’t make that much of an impact if I use it.”
Now imagine 450 million other people doing the same thing and taking the damn straw. Four hundred and fifty MILLION people drink coffee every day in the U.S. alone. If each individual person said, “Nah, I don’t really need a straw this time,” then boom, that’s 450 million plastic straws (that won’t decompose for 200 years!) saved from the ocean in just one day. Crazy, right?
Listen, we’re not here to judge. We get that everyone can’t do everything, and that’s perfectly okay. If you do decide to use that straw, how about take a shorter shower that night, instead? It will make an impact.
Helping the planet doesn’t require a major lifestyle change. Chances are not everyone in the world is going to be 100% vegan or compost every day, but everyone can make small changes and steps to protect our planet every day. As the saying goes, we don’t need a few people being perfectly sustainable, we need millions of people being imperfectly so (or something like that).
Here are some simple changes you can try to incorporate into your lifestyle. Whether you decide to make one change or all the changes is totally up to you, but do know that every little thing does truly help.
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