I believe that the earth is God’s creation and we are to respect and care for it. This planet, the whole universe for that matter, is a beautiful masterpiece created by our God in Heaven.
Although the Bible declares time and time again that the world will one day be in ruin, we should not be speeding up the process. The world will be in ruin because we are sinners. We as humans take and take until there is nothing left. I don’t think it is God intention for us to live this way.
Before making a change, it is first helpful for you to know what effect you are having on the planet. I recommend taking the carbon footprint test on https://www.footprintnetwork.org/
I have been trying to live a very eco-friendly life recently, but yet if everyone was living like me, it would require us to have 1.4 earths! That’s crazy!
I encourage everyone to take the test, and find out ways that you could personally help our planet! And remember that this is God’s creation we are destroying. Just imagine how beautiful the earth must have been back when God said, “it is good.”
My passion is helping the world and all the people in it which includes caring for the environment. I am working to become more sustainable and having less waste. As I am currently going back to school and moving into my apartment, I have found some great sustainable alternatives to everyday products!
- Beeswax Wrap. Beeswax Wrap is used as alternative to plastic wrap, aluminum foil, or plastic baggies. It can be reused for about a year. I would love to get this to wrap up my fruits and vegetables when I don’t use the whole thing.
- Bamboo Toothbrush. I know last year I went through at least five toothbrushes. Having a bamboo toothbrush is such a simple way to avoid having plastic waste!
- Market Bag. As a college student, I will be on a very tight budget this year. I plan on shopping every week for just what I need that week, and I will be buying as little as possible. I won’t be buying more than can fit into one market bag! So forget the plastic, take a reusable bag with you.
- Reusable Straws. You have most definitely heard about these already. They can be made of bamboo, glass, or stainless steel. This makes so much sense to purchase. Instead of having to keep buying straws, just use the same couple over and over again! Just like any other utensil you would use!
- Paperless Towels. Now you can buy special paperless paper towels… or I say just use a rag. Or even buy a few hand towels you like and use them specifically to clean up messes like you would a paper towel. I guarantee you buying a few towels will be cheaper than continuously buying paper towels. Plus they are prettier!
That’s all I got! Taking these few steps is a good start on your sustainable journey, and a great way to save money. Wish me luck as I personally try to incorporate these tips into my new apartment life!
I am so proud of people today. We are becoming aware of the terrible path we as humanity have been on, and we are starting to do something about it. But have we really changed or is this just a trend?
All of a sudden it became cool to be a vegan. Seven years ago when I became a vegetarian, people couldn’t understand why I would ever choose to live like that. I was judged and made fun of. Now in 2018, I see vegan recipes, vegan clothing, and vegan vloggers everywhere, and people comment with admiration when I tell them I am vegan. So has it just become cool? Or are people actually starting to care? Caring about the environment, animals, and their own health. I am so happy that more people are becoming vegan, and I think it could have such a positive impact on the world. If nothing else, at least people are learning to live a more healthy lifestyle for a while.
This has been such a long time coming. The world is polluted like crazy! I was first introduced to the topic of sustainability in fall of 2017 from a gen ed course I had to take, Environmental Issues & Sustainable Solutions. The class introduced me to so many issues I didn’t know the world was facing, and how I as a consumer am a big contribute to the problems. As 2018 rolled along, I began to hear more people talk about sustainability. It was even on the news! Plastic bags and straws are being banned, awareness is being given to the trashed beaches around the world, and sustainable technology is being advertised.
I hope and pray that this is not a trend. What we are seeing happen, is people starting to CARE. Care for our planet, our animals, our future, and our own bodies. I have heard skeptics call this a trend, and those are most likely the people holding us back. I believe people are truly starting to see that we need to make a change, and make it now.