#1. Go Vegetarian
One less meat-based meal a week helps the planet and your diet. For example: It requires 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. You will also also save some trees. For each hamburger that originated from animals raised on rainforest land, approximately 55 square feet of forest have been destroyed.
#2. Use Organic Skin Products
Your skin is the bodies largest organ. Government regulations allow virtually any ingredient to be used in the manufacture of products that we use daily on our skin, hair, and nails. Since your skin is porous, that means these ingredients are absorbed easily by the skin, yet the body has no way of ridding itself of them. The toxins remain in your intestines and eventually get spread through the body and can damage organs throughout your body. Organic products use ingredients made by Mother Nature & because they are raised without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides, no harmful chemicals are spilled to pollute the soil and rivers. This means a cleaner and healthier environment.
#3. Use Earth Friendly Cleaners
Many non-eco friendly cleaners have chemicals that are dangerous to our bodies...these chemicals also pollute Mother Nature as they are washed down the sink. Alot of companies also test their products on animals before putting them on the shelf...so be sure to read labels and buy those with only natural ingredients and have no listed chemicals. It is best to buy from well known ethical and cruelty free companies.
#4. Take Cool Showers
Converse energy and take cool showers...you will lower your energy bill, save your skin (hot water drys you out) & feel refreshed!
#5. Buy Local
Consider the amount of pollution created to get your food from the farm to your table. Whenever possible, buy from local farmers or farmers' markets, supporting your local economy and reducing the amount of greenhouse gas created when products are flown or trucked in.
#6. Use One Less Paper Napkin
During an average year, an American uses approximately 2,200 napkinsâ€”around six each day. If everyone in the U.S. used one less napkin a day, more than a billion pounds of napkins could be saved from landfills each year.
#7. Use Your Own Coffee Cup
If you start every morning with a steamy cup, a quick tabulation can show you that the waste is piling up. Invest in a reusable cup, which not only cuts down on waste, but keeps your beverage hot for a much longer time. Most coffee shops will happily fill your own cup, and many even offer you a discount in exchange! Several leading coffee chains actually coat the inside of their cups with plastic, that is then ingested while you drink!
#8. Don't Drive...Walk or Ride Your Bike
Save money & your environment by using your bike as transportation...you'll also burn some calories!
#9. Go Vegan
A 2006 United Nation report revealed that the 'livestock sector' generates more greenhouse gas emissions than all the cars, trucks, trains, ships, and planes in the world combined. The livestock sector is one of the largest sources of carbon dioxide and the single largest source of both methane and nitrous oxide emissions. Focus on a plant-based, organic diet to cut down on polluting the environment & your body :)
#10. Don't Use Plastic Water Bottles
Nearly 90% of plastic water bottles are not recycled, instead taking thousands of years to decompose. Buy a reusable container and fill it with tap water, a great choice for the environment, your wallet, and possibly your health. The EPA's standards for tap water are more stringent than the FDA's standards for bottled water.