10 Ways to Make the Next 10 Years Greener

We know there’s been a lot of talk lately about the state of our environment and although it’s hard to know who to trust in terms of information these days, I think most of us can agree that the planet we live on is changing, which means we're going to have to change. What’s happening in one part of the world, affects the other and is a result of human behaviour.

This can be hard and overwhelming to think about. You're probably on your phone right now thinking, what the heck can I do about it? Ultimately the only question you need to answer for yourself is, how can I be a better citizen of the world?

Here's a list of 10 tangible things you can do, to be part of the solution.

1. Eat less meat, buy organic and locally grown. (The more we do this, the more affordable this option will become.)

2. Buy better quality so you can buy less. Purchase from more companies that make their products locally and are environmentally friendly. (Again, the more we do this, the more products will be made locally.)

3. Find alternatives to household plastics like beeswax food wrap and paper straws. There are more and more options out there.

4. Wash clothes in cold or warm water (not hot). Hang-dry your clothes when you can and use dryer balls when you can’t.

5. Share this post with friends and family.

6. Carry a reusable travel mug with you. (This also saves you a bit of money on your daily morning brew... and maybe the afternoon ones too)

7. Ditch the plastic and grab a tote. A more fashionable and reusable alternative to single-use plastic bags.

8. Ride a bike. It is an amazing way to see our beautiful country. Riding your bike produces zero emissions with huge health benefits as a form of exercise. (The more people do it, the better cycling infrastructure will get in our cities.)

9. Use a programmable thermostat to conserve energy while you’re not at home and unplug computers, TVs and other electronics when you’re not using them

10. Influence change at your workplace. Play a part in reducing packaging, energy consumption and emissions wherever possible. In 2018 we switched to our recyclable shipping packaging, and we look forward to making more changes like this in the future.

So here's the good news, people around the world are making changes that are making a difference. As David Suzuki said:

“In a world of more than seven billion people, each of us is a drop in the bucket. But with enough drops, we can fill any bucket.”

Let’s change the world together.

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