This April 22nd is Earth Day, the global movement to raise awareness about sustainability and take steps to protect our planet.
As time goes on, we're witnessing the aggravation of environmental concerns -- water pollution, deforestation, climate change, among others.
Here at My Life Journal, we believe that each one of us has the power, and responsibility, to take a look at our own ecological footprint and the impact we have as individuals on the environment.
To remind you how you can go green and make every day Earth Day, we collected seven simple and easy tips to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. You can make a difference!
1. Bring a reusable bag to the store when you shop
It takes between 15 and 1,000 years for a plastic bag to decompose, and the United States uses 100 billion new plastic bags each year. It makes you think, huh?
2. Cut down on your bottled water purchases
Instead, drink tapping water when safe and get your own refillable bottle. If you're looking for a reusable glass water bottle, check out Flaska (see image above).
3. Eat locally
When you eat locally and in season, you're not only getting fresher food and supporting farmers, but you're also reducing your environmental impact because you help cut down on transportation, congestion, and pollution.
It's probably one of the easiest and most important things you can do. Recycling helps to save energy, conserve resources, among other benefits.
5. Support sustainable brands
Every time you buy something, you vote with your wallet. As consumers, we have the power to control products and services' demands. Choose sustainable and ethical brands anytime possible — you're contributing to a more kind, balanced and loving world.
6. Use alternative transportation
Whenever possible, use public transports, share a ride, bike or walk. That will help cut air pollution and reduce your carbon footprint.
7. Eat less meat
We wish more people knew this. Cutting back on your meat consumption is an important step in reducing the overall emission of greenhouse gases, deforestation, preserves biodiversity, and prevents water pollution.
Do you have any more tips on how to live a sustainable lifestyle? Let us know in the comments below!