1. Ride a bike or walk: Not only will you get come cardio in, but you’re helping the environment by reducing pollution and emissions that are released into the air everyday by commuters. Also, it’s a great way to contemplate your day, stresses, work, or whatever else you embark on.
2. Watch your water: Shorten your showers and hand wash dishes. Dishwashers use almost twice as much water and detergents use harsh chemicals to melt the food off plates. Go old fashioned and scrub away!
3. See Oceans: For each ticket sold, DisneyNature will donate to the Nature Conservancy.
4. Plant a garden: Going organic never got so easy. Companies like groOrganic, an LA-based organic growing company, will come to your home and teach you how to grow your own vegetables, compost, and even create your own mini-winery!
5. Say NO to plastic: Paper-based goods are much better for the environment. Environment Green reports that plastics can sit from 100 to 1000 years in a landfill! Instead of contributing to the problem, be the solution by supporting eco-friendly packaging.
6. Ditch the meat: Organic vegetables and fruits are not treated with chemicals or pesticides, which cannot only affect our health but also the toxicity of farming cities. Lord Stern of Brentford, a former chief economist of the World Bank, told The Times, “Meat is a wasteful use of water and creates a lot of greenhouse gasses. It puts enormous pressure on the world’s resources.”
7. Go local: Supporting locally based markets, restaurants and stores, isn’t just kind but also eco-friendly. Transporting goods across countries emits massive amounts of energy. Grab a friend and take the opportunity to hit up cool flea markets and thrift shops.
8. Shop eco-friendly: Tons of designers are adopting eco-friendly designs and becoming environmentally conscious by avoiding leather, using recycled goods and donating a percentage of their proceeds to a cause. Check out our style guides from this week, go to the NYC Green Shows and EcoLux boutique, or hit up eco-style sites like TheGreenLoop.com for a chance to be chic for a cause.
9. Send an e-card: Not only are your reducing costs of postal transport, but you’re also sending a message of global awareness by sending e-cards by the Environmental Defense Fund. Each card features an endangered species and the message to feel the threat of extinction placed on our animal kingdom.
10. Volunteer at a conservancy, eco-festival, or environmental non-profit: NGOs are always looking for passionate people to help them spread their mission. Whether you’re worried about our world’s oceans or would like to see less driving and more doing, there is a cause waiting for your helping hand.