Our environment is in a state of crisis. Decades of unchecked large-scale practices have polluted the bounties of Mother Nature, and now, there's more awareness than ever before regarding the importance of protecting the environment. Many environmental activists have also shown the world how we can co-exist with our natural environment in peace - some through herculean feats and others through simple acts.
In this post, we'll take you through some of the easiest and simplest ways that you can adopt to make a positive difference. So, without further ado, let's dive right into it!
1. Pay attention to what you buy
What you buy and what you consume can make a huge difference for the environment. For example, if you're buying use-and-throw plastic products just because they're cheap, you're doing the environment a great disservice. This applies to gifts as well. That's why it's better to exercise some caution before you purchase something that has the potential to damage the environment.
For example, if you love wearing watches, why not buy and wear Treed watches? Treed watches have been designed by artists and designers who are nature lovers at their cores. As a result, all of the brand's watches feature design elements that are perfect for showcasing the nature lover in you to the whole world. If you're on the lookout for a personalised gift for someone who appreciates and respects nature, there's nothing better than choosing a watch from Treed's collection of wooden watches.
2. Support businesses that support the environment
There are some businesses that openly indulge in practices that are harmful for the environment. On the other hand, there are some that advocate the preservation and conservation of the environment. If you want to make a difference, you should support the latter.
For example, Treed is a maker of natural watches that showcase nature's beauty at its finest. However, Treed's activities don't just stop at watch-making. Treed has been a long-term partner of One Tree Planted, and for every Treed watch you buy, a tree is going to be planted. That's the kind of brand that deserves your support in these trying times for the environment.
3. Say no to plastic bags
While plastic bags are widely used by people, the fact is that they are no good for the environment. Even though many people re-use plastic bags, ideally, it's better to dispose of them as they start leaking harmful chemicals after some time. However, plastic bag disposal comes with its own set of problems. In all probability, the plastic bag you dispose today will end up in a landfill and it will take a long time to decompose. As it decomposes, its harmful chemicals may also pose a threat to animals who chew on it in search of food.
That's why it's about time that you said no to plastic bags. Instead, choose paper bags or other bags that are made from reusable material. Also support companies that provide discounts and other incentives when customers choose reusable, environment-friendly bags.
4. Do some gardening
Maintaining a garden requires patience, perseverance, and a great deal of work. However, it's totally worth it, as it significantly affects how much you appreciate nature and its many wonders. These days, a lot of the fruits and vegetables we purchase from the market contain harmful chemicals owing to the pesticides used on them during their growing phase. But if you grow a few plants and veggies at home, you can at least eat in comfort knowing that what you're eating doesn't contain poison.
Even if you have a very busy schedule and can't possibly maintain a big garden, you can keep it small and simple. Ultimately, it's not the size that matters, but the practice of gardening itself.
5. Don't litter and encourage others to do the same
There's a reason the roads and streets of some countries seem significantly cleaner than others. Their citizens actually practice the 'no litter' policy. In some countries, the authorities impose harsh penalties on individuals who are caught littering. However, in developing nations like India, the general attitude towards littering is casual. Most people don't understand the environmental impact of littering, and they tend to litter more because of little or no police action.
The act of not littering starts with you. Once you stop all your littering tendencies, take action whenever you see someone on the streets litter. You don't have to be hostile and/or aggressive. Be firm but polite and try and make others see why littering is a bad habit.