Just do it…for the planet!
If you missed our March mascot Brainz who rose from the dead to teach you simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint, check out our socials and try out some of the tips! Or just scroll down below for tons of ideas how you can change your daily habits for the better and help out Momma Earth.
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Actions for Earth
Everything we do from the food we eat to the products we buy to the way we travel, releases greenhouse gases like giant, hot farts that impact our planet in a not-so-awesome way.
We all can play a role in farting—we mean fighting!—climate change by reducing our carbon footprint, and you can totally take simple steps right now! Rad.
So, lights, camera, take action!
- Plastic ain’t fantastic: Try to cut down on single use plastics.
- Take your own containers to the supermarket and when buying takeaway;
- Don’t purchase single-use water bottles, opt for reusable instead;
- Take reusable coffee cups wherever you go so you can support your local coffeeshop and grab that takeaway coffee on the run; and
- Choose plastic-free hygiene and beauty products, like soap and shampoo bars, moisturiser (moist, eww) in glass jars, and bamboo toothbrushes.
- Swipe recycled: Choose recycled toilet paper at the supermarket or online, and TP that doesn’t use plastic packaging.
- You can’t flush this: Only flush the three ‘P’s’— poo, pee, and (toilet) paper! The toilet paper shortage is over, so there’s no excuse for flushing wipes or other items instead. Throw these in the bin, as they block and pollute the sewers and endanger marine life. (Warning: do not google ‘fatberg’.)
- Break it down: Compost offcuts from veggies and other food while cooking, and any table scraps. You can also ‘regrow’ many vegetables from root cuttings. Epic!
- Eat it. Just eat it: Eat your leftovers and plan meals around what you already have at home to minimise waste.
- Surf the new crimson wave: Three-hundred-million non-biodegradable tampons and half-a-billion pads are sold in Australia each year and can take 500-800 years to break down! So, if you’re a person with a period (PWP), choose reusable or biodegradable options: like period-underwear; menstrual cups; and reusable or biodegradable pads.
- Milk an oat: Consume less dairy, and choose alternatives to milk—oat, soy, almond, coconut, or rice milk. Oat milk causes the least CO2 emissions across the board, but all non-dairy milk produces less emissions than dairy, which causes about three times the energy emissions!
- Don’t have a cow man: The meat industry causes massive carbon emissions globally. The amount of land, water, and grain needed to sustain animals so that we can eat meat is huge. (E.g., agriculture takes up half of Australia’s land mass and is the fourth highest source of our country’s emissions, but most of these crops are used to feed animals that will be eaten!) Reducing your meat intake can also have other important ethical and environmental benefits, like improving animal welfare. So, be a legend and cut back your meat consumption! It’s more Aussie than lamb.
- Grow a pear: Grow your own vegetables and fruit wherever possible. Social distancing is your chance to perfect your skills and grow your own veggie garden (or pot plants).
- Palm oil? Hell no!: Check the label and say no to products that use palm oil. The more that consumers say: ‘No way!’ to the rainforest-destroying harvest of palm oil, the more we’ll be protecting biodiversity and critically endangered species, like our cousin the amazing orangutan.
- Be the bee’s knees: Support organic and say no to products and companies that use chemical pesticides. Create bee havens in your gardens to help combat habitat loss in big cities.
- Food flight: Did you know that importing food increases its carbon footprint dramatically? Check the labels and choose Australian grown, made, and packaged foods—the more local the better. In-season fruit and veg tastes better, and the less time between picking and eating the higher the nutrition content. Double win! Bonus points if you’re in Tassie, the food bowl of Australia.
- Don’t throw in the towel: Front loaders are the most energy efficient. No matter what type of washing machine you have, you can considerably reduce energy consumption by doing full loads and a cold or low temp wash. Did you know that if you wash your clothes in cold water, you also save between $85 and $145 a year? That’s so fetch!
- Lights out: When you aren’t in the room, switch ‘off’ and make ‘Earth Hour’ a regular occurrence. Turn off lights and use alternate sources (like crank powered lanterns or candles) whenever possible. Did someone say date-night vibes?
- Solar sense: If the energy you use isn’t from renewable sources, investigate solar power for your own home. Buying a new home? Consider solar panels. You’ll also save money in the long run, as well as help protect the environment and reduce green house gas emissions!
- It’s getting hot in here: Turn down the heat! Set your heaters/thermostats to 18-20°C—each degree over 20°C uses around 10% more energy. There are other ways to get cosy, like putting on the humble woollen jumper, thick socks, and slippers!
- Shower power: Shower fast, and don’t crank up the heat too high. Four-minute showers save water, and they could also save you between $60 and $650 a year. You beauty!
- Be tea-riffic!: Make each cup of tea more sustainable by only boiling the amount of water you need for your brew.
- Invest like an eco-genius!: Superannuation, what even is it? We hope you’ve consolidated your super and are prepared for the future. The next step is to make sure it’s invested ethically. Unless you tell them otherwise, super funds generally choose what they invest in. So, ask your super fund to get your money out of dirty fossil fuels, and if they don’t listen—go somewhere else. Find out more about cleaning up your money at Market Forces.
While you’re there check out your bank’s fossil fuel status.
- Get on your bike: Pedal-power is not only a rad mode of transport, it has ultra-low CO2 emissions. Plus, it keeps you fit and healthy so you can keep on shredding and riding high!
- Share the ride: Public transport or car-pooling can drastically reduce your carbon footprint, and where possible—walk! You’ll save cash and fuel costs, plus it’s also good for you. Walk, Forrest, walk!
- Plane sensible: Plane travel contributes 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions and going on a long-haul flight can pollute more individually than the average person for a whole year.
Some plane journeys may be hard to avoid, so if you do fly, make sure you go carbon neutral by offsetting your emissions when you book.
- She’s electric: Be electric and buy an electric vehicle (EV). Fill it up with renewable energy from your solar, wind, or hydro power from the grid (thanks, Tasmania) and you’re practically carbon free! Can’t afford one? There are second-hand dealers out there, and just think of all the dough you’ll save on fuel and repairs!
- Bro, do you even thrift?: Buy second-hand and support local op-shops. Did you know that the production of clothes and textiles are equal to 1.2 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually? Not to mention all of the water used! So, don’t you forget about the local op-shop.
- Material world: Get creative and brush up on your sewing skills at the same time by mending, altering, and customising your clothes. There are lots of tips and projects on the internet, or if your vision is beyond your ability (like replacing a broken zip), find a good seamstress or tailor to help you out. It’s a lot cheaper than you think, especially if you find a local repair café.
- Off load your hang ups: Instead of buying new clothes, swap them with your mates. You can even share your swaps via video chat—hello, fashion show!
- Think of the kids: Children grow out of clothes faster than you can blink! Why not give your second-hand children’s clothes to parents in need? You can do circular ‘baby clothes swaps’ and pass on old clothes and receive new ones in return. Look who’s talking now—what a fab idea.
- Sustainability now!: That’s the quote, right? Investigate the most sustainable fabrics, like organic cotton, recycled cotton, and linen, and make sure they are made ethically. ‘Fair Trade’, cute, and comfy? That’s so Elaine!
- Show you care and re-wear: Many of your clothes don’t need to be washed after each wear. Instead, try airing your worn items to freshen them up, and spot clean marks when you need to. This saves energy, water, and detergent and helps reduce microplastics, which are released from polyester garments during washing. These little buggers find their way into our oceans, waterways, and even our food. Gross!