The world is changing. The effects of our collective behaviors have reached a level where they are now very noticeable. The planet is heating up, species of plants and animals are disappearing at an alarming rate, natural disasters are on the rise, single-use plastic waste has become an epidemic, and certain resources are dwindling. However, there are individuals and organizations that are doing extraordinary things in the way of saving our planet.
What’s truly inspiring, though, is that every one of us has the power to affect the planet positively. Little changes in the way we shop, commute, consume, take care of ourselves, and live can make monumental differences in the future of our world. As we are living in an age where health and wellness consciousness is at the forefront, integrating a wellness routine into our lives that is also environmentally-friendly is a trend that only seems to be gaining more momentum.
What’s good for the planet is good for you.
The beauty of creating a wellness-based lifestyle that is also environmentally-friendly is that it is easy! To get started, start by:
Eliminating the use of single-use plastics
Did you know that 8 million tons of plastic find its way into our oceans every year? A lot of that plastic is from items that we only use once and sometimes only for a few minutes. Plastic bags, bottles, coffee lids and stirrers, and straws are among the most commonly disposed of plastic items.
Making the switch to re-useable water bottles, to-go coffee cups, grocery bags, and straws is a simple switch that can make a significant difference in the future of our seas.
Giving up red meat
The amount of water, land, and resources that are required to maintain livestock is mind-blowing. Did you know it takes around 2,400 gallons of water and ten pounds of grain to “create” a single pound of beef?
And, did you know that cow farts and burps are responsible for 14-18% of the harmful greenhouse gas methane that is released into our atmosphere every year? There are over a billion and a half cows on the planet and every day each cow is very regularly releasing methane, which is greatly contributing to the warming of our planet.
In addition to all the run-off from the antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, and other chemicals that go hand-and-hand with the large-scale beef industry, regular red meat consumption has been linked to heart disease among other health conditions.
Not only is spending time in the great outdoors good for your physical and mental health, but it is also good for the environment. By running, walking, biking, practicing yoga, or other forms of exercise outdoors you are eliminating the use of electricity from your exercise routine.
Eating seasonally, locally, and more plant-based
The further food has to travel the more of a negative impact it has on the environment. Today, we can pretty much get any type of food from anywhere around the world at any time of the year. However, opting to eat what is in season and what is grown or thriving close to your home-base will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the food that you are eating.
Plus, the fresher the food the better it is going to taste!
The ignorance card is not valid when it comes to making choices that are not only good for your health and wellness, but that are good for the planet. It is truly impressive that amount of information that can be found on the packaging and label of an item.
Look for items with labels like “Cruelty-Free,” “Non-GMO Certified Project,” “Eco-Friendly,” “Rainforest Alliance Certified,” “Animal Welfare Approved,” “Fair Trade Certified,” and “Good Housekeeping Green.”
Also, try and avoid goods that contain palm oil and soy.
Other simple ways to lead a more eco-wellness lifestyle include…
Supporting brands and companies that are environmentally-conscious
Giving up fish oil supplements (check out a plant-based Omega Blend)
Switching out cotton for more environmentally-friendly products like bamboo or hemp
Using eco-friendly house products (cleaning supplies, laundry detergents, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc.)
Every decision that you make not only affects you but the world around you. Everything and everyone is interconnected. If we start collectively making better decisions, we will come into a future where we are not only healthier, but our planet is healthier too.