With our current stay-at-home mandates the world over, celebration of Earth day is probably going to be a little different and hopefully more special with your loved ones. 2020 is also the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and this year’s theme is ‘climate action’.
Since people have largely stopped commuting during the pandemic, carbon emissions are falling sharply. Something that hasn’t happened since World War 2! However, this decline in the carbon footprint is just temporary. To make this global decline persist, here are some of the ways you can contribute to Earth Day 2020 even when you’re staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic:
1. Go Vegan and Organic
Did you know that a vegan diet can make as much as 20% difference to a person’s overall carbon impact? Greenhouse gases from agribusinesses are a bigger problem than combustion of fossil fuels. This doesn’t mean you have to completely stop eating meat, but you can at least reduce consumption or minimize using products that have animal components in it.
By consuming and using products that are made from local, seasonal, Non-GMO and organic ingredients you are helping the planet in many ways. By reducing animal product consumption you can help eliminate the negative impacts of environmentally detrimental chemicals, promote food security, and help reduce hormonal issues and obesity, and lower your overall carbon footprint.
2. Buy Less
From farming and production of raw materials to usage of electricity in factories and bringing the finished products to the market, this adds up to an investment of the earth’s energy supply. The less you consume, the more you help save the precious earth’s resources.
When it comes to personal care, follow an Organic Botanically based minimalistic skin care regimen.
This not only saves money and space, but also provides effective results.
3. Ditch Microbeads
Those tiny beads comprised of plastic are found in face washes and toothpastes are bad for the environment, and especially for marine life. They are non-biodegradable and too-small to be filtered by water systems and thus find their way to enter the lakes and oceans where they disrupt the entire ecosystem. Look for healthier, microbead-free or biodegradable alternatives such as walnut shells.
4. Be Wary of Greenwashing
The beauty industry is prone to greenwashing. This is a practice where a company markets its products as ‘eco’ or ‘green’, but in reality they are actually just using only a minuscule amount of the green ingredient, with the majority of the formula is still synthetic chemical-based. So read labels carefully, dig deeper and ask more questions. Look for only those products that are organic and/or wildcrafted and made from 100% natural plant-based ingredients.
5. Check Usage of Electronic Gadgets
Unplug devices when not in use. Many electronics consume energy even when they are turned off (called ‘phantom’ or ‘vampire’ usage). The more you unnecessarily use these gadgets, the more you contribute to your carbon footprint. Not only is this a cost to the earth, but according to science, ‘blue light’ from your smartphone or laptop has a bigger impact on your health than you think, and can be also responsible for premature aging of the skin.
6. Purchase from Companies that Supports Low Carbon Future
It’s best to buy products from companies committed to carbon-neutral energy through all stages of product development. Check the company’s website, in order to ascertain they are dedicated to using sustainable, eco-friendly and renewable energy to help reduce climate impact.
7. Advocate Zero Waste
Once you purchase a product, make sure you use it till the last drop. This reduces the burden in the garbage bags that eventually enters into landfills and pollutes the soil. Reuse and recycle containers and eliminate leftovers that can become a large source of excess trash.
8. Replace it Slowly
Just because you’re willing to change your lifestyle, doesn’t mean you need to become too overwhelmed, or spend too much money.. Start by replacing your make-up with more eco-friendly products, then begin replacing personal hygiene products like organic skin care and hair care…and slowly, in a matter of a few months, you will have a supply of more eco-friendly products that your skin, hair and body will thank you for. Implementing an organic lifestyle can and should become a habit.