When most individuals think about sustainability, their minds mostly focus on plastic. Although plastic waste is a large part of sustainability and waste production, it is essential to be aware that eating locally is as, if not, more important. Eating locally and seasonally is a great way to lessen your carbon footprint from food shipments and global imports. Your purchase power also supports local farmers rather than large scale corporations that are degrading soil health. Buy organic food whenever possible; it may cost a little more, but it keeps harmful pesticides out of our land and water, protecting farm workers, wildlife, and your family.
2) Purchase Fair Trade Products
If you are going to buy imported goods such as coffee, clothing, chocolate, etc. support brands with a fair-trade ethos and certification. This way, your purchase is supporting fair wages for the people and adequate production for the planet.
3) Consider Composting
Composting is a simple way to close the waste loop. Any organic matter: food scraps, cardboard, paper, and small meat scraps can be naturally up-cycled into compost. Composting reduces methane emissions from landfills and lowers your carbon footprint while regenerating soil health. Even if you don't have a garden, there are plenty of composting programs to donate your food scraps or give your compost to friends who garden! For individuals who garden compost is currency!
4) Resell and Donate Items
Products, especially clothing, can maximize their lifetime through donations and resale. By extending the lifecycle of any product, you reduce the dependency on cheaply made disposable products. By donating clothing to Goodwill or The Salvation Army, you are helping uplift communities in need.
One of the best things you can do for the people and the planet is to use your voice and vote! Vote for candidates with strong environmental platforms and purpose. Keep your representatives accountable for fighting climate change, greenhouse emissions, and social justice for a better tomorrow.