February Footprint : My Eco Impact

Follow along with me on social media with #wastefreewednesday and #febfootprintchallenge

When I pull up into my alley, I always look at the trash cans. For some reason, I keep an eye on how much goes in within a small amount of time – and it’s crazy. What’s even crazier is all of that trash, plus the rest of my neighborhood’s and city’s trash, all ends up in a huge pile on the outside of town somewhere. Sitting there. Forever. Even worse, not composting.

Everyone has this realization, right? Thinking, “what can I do about this?”, or “man, that’s nuts – something has to change.” Its not something we can pretend isn’t happening anymore. It’s real and it’s effect on our environment are very apparent. Human beings have such a huge – negative – impact on climate change. Almost every choice we make throughout the day effects it.

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So what haveI done? I recycle (usually), I don’t eat meat, etc etc. I can come up with a lot of reasons I’m kind of avoiding adding to our ecological footprint, but I know there are so many more things I can do.

I created this template for myself to assess and come up with a game plan. This is the month I want to finally do more and make a change for the better.

I created a 30 day challenge: the February Footprint Challenge. Answer these question for yourself and see what you can do, too!

Step 1 : ASSESS

What am I doing now? What steps do I take in order to reduce my ecological footprint?

  • recycle kitchen / food items
  • use jars
  • reuse containers from food products
  • only consume plant-based food
  • bring my own bag to the store
  • refuse to buy plastic bags, paper towels, napkins, paper plates, disposable plates/cups/knives/forks/spoons/etc.
  • reuse plastic/paper bags from stores as trash can liners
  • reusable water bottles

Step 2 : GOALS

Create a mission, mantra, promise, or vow. What would you like to contribute to the well-being of our planet?

I want to reduce my ecological footprint by taking extra precautions when wasting plastic, paper, food, or anything I would normally throw away. I want to make it simple and easy for myself and others to do this, too!

Step 3: ACTIONS

What are the actual steps I will take? I can choose little changes now and work towards big changes.

Big Changes

  • shop local (farmers markets, neighborhood grocery stores, small businesses, etc)
  • compost
    • figure out how I can compost for my own garden and / or find the city compost site
    • set up a compost bin at home
    • here’s the one I just purchased – it has charcoal filters so the odor doesn’t get too bad in the house.
  • go vegan or vegetarian
    • it’s no myth that the meat and dairy industries are destroying the planet
  • vow to give up all disposable plastics
  • buy grains and dry foods from the bulk section
  • grow a garden.
    • Make it easy on yourself and get a above the ground box and a seed starter kit. Even if its just a small amount of produce that you’ll get, it’ll make a impact in the long run – plus it will be so rewarding!
  • purchase “rainforest alliance” products or similar branded products that have a seal of environmental approval
  • only buy used clothes

Small Changes

  • bring your own bottle, cup, or mug when you get your coffee
    • those clear plastic they usually give your are horrible!
  • purchase some glass containers for your lunches. and bring your own reusable fork/spoon too!
  • ride your bike – even if its just one day a week
  • say no to straws
  • regrow foods like green onions, onions, potatoes. etc. they are VERY easy and you can get so many uses out of just one vegetable. You can do this on a bright windowsill or outside.
  • grow your own herbs, too
  • get outside!
    • simply doing something outside in nature makes you appreciate your environment and can remind you of your ecological responsibility
  • follow social media accounts that are eco friendly and will remind you to be more conscious
  • turn the faucet off while you’re brushing your teeth
  • #meatlessmondays
  • meal prep your lunches – meat free! try beans, tofu, nuts, lentils, etc.
  • time your showers
    • limit yourself to less than 10 minutes
  • turn on some music and try to be done before 3 songs have played

I am going to be choosing a few small changes a week to try to get myself ready for bigger changes. Answer these questions for yourself and choose some changes you can also make! Happy February everyone!

Follow along with me on social media with #wastefreewednesday and #febfootprintchallenge

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