A few weeks ago I spent 2 hours swimming in the ocean (and free diving in some parts) to collect garbage underwater with my friend Camyrn.
You probably hear about climate change, wildlife dying, and consumption reduction at least one a month on social media. Then you probably think, I am just one person, it isn’t going to make a difference.
The ocean has become a major part of my life and for the past five months I have probably spent more time in water than on land. When I got my scuba certification in December, I started to realize how fragile the aquatic ecosystem really is and how plastic, metal, and just junk can have a major impact on it.
There are some really easy ways that you can start to reduce your everyday consumption:
- Buy a reusable water bottle. Chances are you probably have one kicking around in your house anyways, so put it to good use. I find so many water bottles on beaches, the side of the road, and even at the bottom of the ocean.
2. Actually use your reusable bags. You probably have a stack of these hiding in your house, that you have boughten with the best intentions but you never actually use them. A good way to remember to bring them with you is to put them by the front door or your house or keep some in your car. This way you will see them and grab them ever time you go to the store!
3. Start composting! Ever since I was a little girl, my dad taught my sisters and me the importance of the environment which included how to compost. It is so easy to just keep a bin (with a lid) on your counter and fill it will things that decompose. This includes things such as vegetable peelings, coffee grinds, egg shells, and even paper towels. You can then use this compost for your garden to help nourish your plants and vegetables.
4. Buy clothes at the thrift store. Some of you may already do this, but instead of always buying new clothes go to the thrift store. Sometimes you can find really cool, awesome, and sometimes even new clothing. This can reduce so much waste! Also when you are done with clothes you no longer wear, you could have a clothing swap with friends or pass stuff down to family members such as cousins!
5. Stop buying and using single use plastic such as plastic plates, forks, and straws. Single use plastic is horrible for the environment, essentially due to the fact that it is single use. Instead of using plastic, opt for a wooden cutlery set and reusable straws. This way you can carry them around with you and when you need to use them you can pull them out of your purse or backpack.
Overall, little daily changes can start to make a huge difference. One person CAN make a difference and if we all work together we can change the world.