With climate change and environmental awareness on the rise, it’s no surprise that everyone is working hard to make the future of our planet a habitable one. Realistically, not everyone has time to attend each climate march or remember to recycle everything. However—don’t fret! Just because you have a busy life, it doesn’t mean that small tributes can’t make a big difference. Here are some of the small and simple ways to help our planet.
1. Use cloth over paper
Not only are you saving the planet, but also your money. According to the average retail price, 16 paper rolls cost around $30-40, which comes out to almost $3 per roll. An average family goes through about 2 rolls or more per week—this comes out to roughly $300+ wasted on paper towels every year. Reusable napkins or cloths can be bought in packs or individually. On average, cloths can last 5 or more years and would waste less resources, as you simply put it in the laundry load with other clothes to wash. Did you know that paper towels leave tiny microfibres on surfaces? Therefore, if you’ve been using them to dry your cutlery, you’ve been eating tiny fibres along with it (yuck!).
2. Turn the tap off when you're not using it
We're all used to leaving the water running while we're washing dishes or brushing our teeth. It seems like such an absent-minded thing, but did you know that turning off the water while brushing your teeth can save up to 3 or 4 gallons of water per person per day? That's more than 1,000 gallons of water per year! So, if you're not actively using your water, be sure to close the tap to preserve the earth's resources.
3. Recycle and donate your clothes
Instead of throwing out old clothes that you don't wear anymore, opt for donating them to local thrifts or charities. How can this help? Well, according to the World Health Organization, the clothing industry alone contributes to 17-20% of all industrial water pollution. The textile industry is one of the most energy-intensive and polluting industries in the world. It emits more greenhouses gases than international flights and maritime shipping combined. Next time you’re thinking of throwing away those old clothes, or scrapping a whole shirt because of a small rip, chose to save the environment instead and recycle.
4. Use eco-friendly pens
Inexpensive, refillable and convenient. You might be wondering if using an eco-friendly pen really make all that much of a difference? It's just a pen, after all. Let's just say small changes make a big difference. All writing utensils are designed to work until they run out of ink—only to travel straight into the landfill. Cheap, disposable ballpoint pens are contributing to growing piles of non-biodegradable waste and actively harming the environment.
With eco-friendly pens, they’re made from renewable material making them biodegradable. Most companies are concerned that creative and eco-friendly refillable pens will make them lose profit. Placing profits first is no way to run a sustainable business, and with the ever-growing concern over our environment, it's time more organizations step up to the plate and start putting the planet first. At Spector & Co., we understand the value behind sustainable development and the earth's well-being over the latter, which is why we offer a brand new eco bag. The Aqua bag is made with 100% rPET (Recycled polyethylene terephthalate) fabric.
If you're interested in other products, we offer a whole line of eco-friendly and refillable products here. Check them out and start your small, but impactful, step toward facilitating the well-being and future of our planet. Even the smallest effort makes the biggest difference.
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