5 Ways To Save The Earth Under $5
Happy Earth Day!
Here is your daily reminder the world does not revolve around you...so pick up your trash, start recycling, and stop eating so much meat!
(I think I need that on a t-shirt...perfect for when you're visiting family and wanting to start a fight with your old school relatives right?!)
Anyways, I wanted to create this list to show you a couple ways to save the planet that cost you barely anything (and may even save you money!) since the most common excuse I hear from people is "I don't have the money to go green". If you have money for that $5 latte, you have a couple bucks to help the planet!
(and I included my 5 favorite Netflix Documentaries too!)
1. Switch Your Straws!
The crazy thing is every caribbean country I have visited (Aruba, the Bahamas, even Haiti) do not serve plastic straws! They either have cardboard OR do not give you one at all! There are signs everywhere in the restaurants educating tourists on the sea turtles and ocean getting polluted by straws, but in the United States we give them away like candy!
So what can you do?! CARRY YOUR OWN STRAW! There are tons of stainless steel straws you can buy and just throw in your purse, backpack, car, and kitchen so you do not have to add another plastic one to the ocean.
2. Cut Back Your Meat Consumption
This one actually saves you money! The meat and dairy industry contribute 15 percent of global greenhouse emissions, more than the transportation sector, according to the study.
So what can you do about that? EAT LESS MEAT!
(I know...a couple of you probably just fainted at that idea)
This can be super easy to do! Simply do a meatless Monday in your home!
Not only does this save the water used on the livestock, the gas transporting them, and the eliminate green house gases, it is also better for your health and wallet!
3. Take Mass Transit or Carpool
Do you live in a busy city? Do you work super close to one of your neighbors? Could you take the bus, subway, or train? Maybe carpool with a friend?
Not only does this save you a ton of money you'd be wasting on gas, but you're saving the planet and getting cars off the road so less traffic!
Seriously this is a win-win for everyone!
4. Buy That Cute Reusable Bag
I know you have been eyeing one at checkout and just haven't invested the $2 into it! But those couple of bucks towards a reusable grocery bag help save the planet! Every year Americans alone use 100 billion plastic shopping bags and it can take one plastic bag 500 years to degrade.
I made a list of my favorites in case you need a little inspo!
5. Change Your Coffee Pods
This one is so easy, saves you so much money, and helps the planet a ton!
When you do the math using k-cups costs you $50/pound of coffee...hipsters do not even spend that much on coffee in little cafes so why do you?
By switching to reusable, fillable coffee pods you save yourself a ton and save the environment from over 55 million single-use coffee pods ending up in landfills every day!
It only takes an extra 5 seconds to do in the morning and they come in super cute colors!
Of course, this list of things could go on forever, but this is a great place to start!
If you are looking for what else you can do, check out these documentaries on Netflix:
1. More Than Honey: With major companies like Burt’s Bees in partnership with Pretty Little Liar’s actress Troian Bellisario and Cheerios, you’re likely already aware that bees are disappearing at an alarming rate. Those seeking to understand the ins and outs of how and why would do well to watch More Than Honey, which sees the filmmakers traveling the world to investigate and is being hailed as a “definitive work on the subject.” Given Einstein’s calculations that “If bees were to disappear from the globe, mankind would only have four years left to live,” we’d do well to learn all we can from it.
2. Terra: In our technological era, this essay in documentary form addresses our ever-evolving relationship to the planet and our co-inhabitants on its surface as we become more alienated from nature. Starring Vanessa Paradis (and some absolutely mind-blowing shots of the world around us), it also offers up thoughts on how we might still change our standing with them both.
3. Chasing Ice: Still have doubts about climate change? Watch Chasing Ice. Originally assigned as a photography assignment for a National Geographic study (ironically to a photog that didn’t believe in climate change), the proof was in the pictures, and the film that evolved from it.
4. A Plastic Ocean: With an estimated 300 billion bits of plastic currently floating around in the Arctic ocean alone, the stats are staggering, but for those that need a visual to feel invested, there’s A Plastic Ocean. Filmed in 20 global locations over a period of four years, the documentary showcases the upsetting aftermath of our increasing plastic usage front and center — and tells us what we can do to stop it.
5. Sustainable: Like to eat? This one’s for you. Foodies will likely recognize the stars of this film, which include such renowned chefs as Rick Bayless, as it explores America’s ethical struggles with regard to industrial farming. It also delves into the growing sustainable food movement working to correct them in order to provide us with continued sources of delicious and nutritious foods.
And spread the word! Share this with a friend! The more people doing little things adds up to big change!