If you’ve been reading the content on this website, you know that pollution is a huge problem. And you know that it goes beyond a couple of cars and factories spitting out black smoke. It has to do with the amount of people and the amount of resources those people consume. So what do you do to help decrease the pollution you put off?
It’s pretty simple, and it may sound like no fun at all, but just take a walk. Next time you need to run down the street for something, walk or ride your bike. Or if your errand or work is too far to walk, drive to a bus stop, park, and take the bus. Walk around when you travel, rather than picking up a rental car. It’s good for you, and it decreases pollution.
- Eat Fresh
No, we’re not talking about the slogan for Subway (which isn’t even fresh, but that’s a rant for another day). We’re talking about eating vegetables fresh from the farmer’s market that don’t require packaging, a ton of transport to get it to the super market, and taste better than anything in a box. It reduces the need for ridiculous packaging and shipping from remote regions in the world, it reduces the amount of pollution required to harvest and sell large amounts of food, and it reduces the amount of plastic and trash. Plus it’s good for you!
- Bring Your Own Bag
Stop getting plastic bags when you check out- everything you’re buying is either able to be carried in a bag, or can be handheld until it gets home. You wash it anyways, so don’t look at us like that!
- Bring Your Own To-Go Box
If you want to get funny looks when you go out to eat, start bringing your own to-go box. Most to-go boxes at restaurants are made from Styrofoam, which is incredibly toxic to us and takes nearly a million years to break down when thrown away. Just bring your own reusable Tupperware and enjoy the weird looks.
Do you own a mansion and a fleet of SUVs? Probably not, but you can still downsize. If you can, move from an SUV to a sedan, or a sedan to a hybrid. Maybe take your 4,000 square foot house and move to one that is much nicer and cozier; less money and less to clean! Best of all doing, these things saves you money, and also prevents pollution. The bigger something is, the more resources it drains.
- Park the Car
Do you idle in fast food lanes for what seems like hours? Stop it. Do you wait for your kid outside of school with your engine running? Turn it off! Idling cars is one of the largest contributors to pollution – in inner cities especially. The less you idle the car, the less pollution, but also the less gas you consume. Plus you’ll probably walk more!