Climate change is a complex challenge facing our beloved planet. However, we can take steps in our everyday life to protect the climate. I’m sharing some ideas that we have incorporated in our family. I hope they inspire you also!
Less Consumption and Waste
To reduce consumption and waste in our house we do the following:
- I use the menstrual cup during my periods rather than pads or tampons. This ensures zero waste since all waste can be deposited in the toilet and does not contribute to landfills. One menstrual cup can be used for five years and is extremely planet friendly! Plus I feel it’s more comfortable than pads or tampons.
- Pack snack and lunches in reusable containers. I reuse containers such as old jam and spice bottles. Just wash them and reuse!
- Always remember to take along green cloth bags when going for shopping. Avoid plastic bags at all costs!
- We love reading as a family! But rather than buying new books we use the library extensively. Not only do we always have a huge collection to choose from but also love the community feel of a library.
To reduce our own carbon footprint we do the following:
- We try and walk to school as much as possible. When we drive, we carpool and encourage other school families to do the same.
- We try and walk for most errands including groceries. This is not only healthier but also a great way to use less fuel.
Did you know that animal products are the biggest food-related reason for greenhouse gas emissions? Eating a plant-based diet is not only healthier but also a way for climate change mitigation.
We have enjoyed plant-based dinners as a family and also making some of our favorite recipes with plant-based alternatives: such as lentil and sweet potato burgers and chickpea-eggplants curry balls!
These are small and simple steps that are easy to incorporate. Hope you got some great ideas from this post. What are some of steps that you’re taking to mitigate and fight climate change?
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Disclaimer: This blog post is sponsored by City of Calgary. All opinions are my own.