How to Make the Earth Love You
Today is Earth day! Which I believe is an underrated holiday. We should celebrate our Earth each and every day. The Earth is our mother, it is all of our homes. Yet we don't necessarily treat our mother with the love and care that she deserves. I've always been a tree hugger. Growing up, if a tree was being cut on my block, I would be profusely upset. I'd say to myself I'd only live where there are a lot of trees. However, I only started truly caring about sustainability in 2017. In honor of our mother's birthday, I'm going to share 4 simple but profound ways on how you can love the Earth and have her love you back.
1. Buy from sustainable clothing companies
This is a HUGE one that I feel many don't realize. Buying from small independent businesses or companies that promote a sustainable crafting process help the environment. Some of my favorite sustainable companies are Reformation, Catbird, and Stargazer. All of them emphasize the philosophy of protecting our environment. I do realize buying sustainable clothing can be super expensive, but the way I see it is, you invest in every piece, making it that more dear to you. Think of it this way- you're also paying for quality. Buying a single shirt from Reformation will last you way longer than 5 shirts from Forever 21. However, you don't need to break the bank to buy sustainably. In addition to major sustainable brands corporations, you can go thrifting! Shopping secondhand reduces the amount of waste and pollution we produce. Not to mention you can get some sick unique pieces if you dig around and go to the right places ;-)
2. Walk, bike, carpool
What might seem like a rather obvious one- utilize your own two legs and walk to where you need if you can! Growing up, my mom made us walk EVERYWHERE. I mean everywhere was considered walking distance to her. When I was younger, I hated this but now that I'm older, I love walking everywhere! Or even better, riding my bike! Not only are you sparing the earth from nasty pollution that emits from our cars, but you're also exercising. Why not kill two birds with one stone? If you absolutely need to drive to your destination, consider carpooling with coworkers/friends or carpool with complete strangers by taking public transport!
3. Eat plant-based (as much as you can)
Animal production is a leading cause of pollution in our world. By raising animals for food, we are using massive amounts of land, food, energy and water. more than half of greenhouse-gas emissions are a result of factory farming and animal culture. Now, I'm not yelling at you to go vegan. I am also guilty of eating animal products from time to time. Just consider lessening your consumption! Your body will also thank you <3 to learn more information, read here or watch documentaries, such as Cowspiracy or Earthlings.
4. Invest in zero-waste products
There are so many zero-waste and sustainable products you can get your hands on. Invest in reusable water bottles made out of glass or metal- such as BKR or S'well. You can also use reusable produce bags and jars when buying produce or bulk items at health food stores. There are an immense amount of options available on Amazon. In addition, you can invest in stainless steel straws, coconut bowls... the options are endless!
No matter what you do- big or small, you will make some sort of impact. I love this planet and all the bounty and beauty it provides. There is so much it has to offer! It is time we take care of it the way it takes care of us.