I have recently become even more aware of how much waste we generate around the house. I consider myself very conscious on the environment but there is still so much I would need to do to reduce my waste, in particular plastic. Nevertheless, let me focus on the positive aspects/actions that I am currently undertaking now:
- I do not eat meat: as you probably know, meat production is one of the top responsible for greenhouse gas emissions, in particular beef. I do try to eat vegan most of the time, but I definitely cannot consider myself a vegan, as I eat regularly eggs and fish. I do not drink milk and very occasionally eat cheese.
- I do not own a car: living car-free is also one big plus according to this recent research but I do occasionally use cabs and rent cars.
- I recycle but sometimes when visitors come and they are not aware of the rules I “relax” a bit and put everything in the normal bin. I also do not do any recycling in the toilet bin out of laziness.
- I have reusable shopping bags.
- I use cloth diapers on my baby: most of the times but not always.
- I drink tap water, i.e., I do not buy plastic bottles at least for water
As you can see, I am not an all-or-nothing type of person. I do not advocate for going 100% car-free or being 100% vegan, I would say I am on the range of 80/90% which I consider good enough. I am lucky to be able to bike to work but if you really can’t, do not blame yourself for that and try to compensate, for example by sharing your car with colleagues or by not using it during the weekend or by not eating meat, etc, etc, whatever you fell most comfortable giving up on.
What I currently do “wrong”, environmentally speaking:
- Airtravel a lot, as I do not live in my home country, I travel every 2 months to visit family and friends, plus I travel to other places for holidays. This is something I am not willing to give up on.
- Use plastic when shopping: bread, nuts, fruits, shampoos, etc. everything is covered in plastic!
- Order food at least once a week: some plastic again here.
- I use regular cleaning products which are definitely not environmentally friendly, not only the components but also the packaging.
- I use regular cotton and plastic toothbrushes.
- I use a lot of paper when cleaning my baby.
- I could eat more local and not buy exotic fruits/vegetables.
These lists are not exhaustive, as hopefully there are more things I am doing right and for sure there are additional things I could improve. My challenge is to slowly go green and do something greener every month, in particular something that will have an impact not only on that month but also in the future. Therefore, my commitment in this blog is that every month I will announce one action/life change towards a greener life.
This month my step towards a greener life is to give up on disposable tampons and sanitary pads and use a menstrual cup instead. I have tried and I am a fan! Do you know that a woman uses on average 11,000 tampons in her lifetime and that it takes decades for one to degrade? This is a women’s only step but I am sure my future steps will apply to both genders.
How about you? What are you currently doing that is considered environmentally friendly and what are your plans to slowly become greener?