3 Simple Ways to Make a Change and Reduce Your Footprint This Earth Day

Posted on by Sarah Lafontaine

While the focus of 2016’s Earth Day is on planting forests, there are simple things you can do to make a change. We are all responsible for taking care of our planet, our home and the choices we make impact the earth greatly.

Here are 3 simple ways to change the way you impact Earth so it can be enjoyed for generations to come:

1. Eat Less Meat.

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Meat consumption has tripled in the last 40 years, and the energy required to produce meat is 20 times higher than what is required to produce plants. If you can make one or two nights a week meat free, you’ll make a serious impact and feel great too!

2. Buy Local Produce

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Most people aren’t aware that produce loses nutrients from the time it is picked. After a few days, nutrients have decreased by nearly a third. Buying local produce not only makes a positive impact for local farms and reduces the carbon footprint, but they also taste better and your body will thank you!

3. Stop Using Plastic

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It is no secret that plastic is a major threat to our planet’s wildlife, oceans and soils. Many people have great intentions with regards to recycling disposable plastics, but the truth is only about 10% is properly recycled, the rest dumped into landfills or littered in our parks. By making simple switches to reusable bags, mugs, bottles, dishes, etc., you’ll make a big difference in the waste problem globally. It only takes a little bit of time to get used to it and to train your brain, but isn’t it worth it?

For more tips and info on how you can take action, check out the Earth Day Network website.