Ready to take the first step (or steps) to help save the planet?
1. GO PLANT-BASED (1-2 MEALS A DAY)
You might be regretting your food choices over the holidays. Skip the crash diet (you look beautiful!) and try plant-based instead.
Animal agriculture has an enormous impact on climate change, contributing as much greenhouse gases as every car, plane, train, and ship on Earth. Going plant-based is one of the most powerful ways to reduce our personal carbon footprints (or foodprint, as we call it). Not ready to go all the way? Just start with one meal, or go plant-based for breakfast and lunch.
2. SKIP THE GYM. SKIP THE CAR.
We know this doesn’t work for everyone, but where and when you can, skip the car and walk, bike or take public transportation instead. You’ll get some good (free!) exercise, while taking a huge bite out of your personal carbon footprint. For every mile you don’t drive, you reduce your carbon footprint by one pound. Bonus points if you’re lugging bags of groceries home on your walk.
3. COMPOST, COMPOST, COMPOST.
4. SKIP THE SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAG.
Did you know that those convenient plastic grocery bags are only used for an average of 15-20 minutes? Meanwhile they have a lifespan of 500–1,000 years in the landfill. Suddenly that convenience is looking very inconvenient for our planet… Just stick a reusable bag in your purse or backpack, or stash one in your desk. It’s that simple.
Grocery bags dissolve into potentially harmful microplastics and, in the case of ingestion or entanglement, hurt and kill animals. They’re pretty much the worst. Even though these bags are technically recyclable, you must go to a drop-off area to do that, not your curbside bin.
To take this step to the next level, see if you can go a whole day without plastic. It’s much harder than you might think, but it gives you an illuminating view at just how bad our plastic problem is, while identifying key places to cut plastics from your life.
5. STOP BUYING WHAT YOU DON'T REALLY NEED.
Take fast fashion as an example — we buy far more clothing than we need (and wear), often tossing clothes in the trash: Research shows that a garbage truck’s worth of clothing and textiles is landfilled or incinerated every second. So, don’t buy it, and don’t buy into it! You should never underestimate your power as a consumer. Instead, try shopping secondhand. It’s a great way to give new life to old clothes while saving money and keeping perfectly good clothing out of landfills.
It’s also a good way to ensure you’re not wearing the same faux-hipster bohemian crop top as everyone else this season…Like with food waste, not only are these clothes sitting in landfills to produce greenhouse gases as they break down, but the resources (including low-paying and dangerous labor for marginalized communities) used to create these textiles is also wasted as well. Our current clothing industry is incredibly polluting, resource-intensive and wasteful (not to mention unjust).
6. USE ECO-FRIENDLY JANITORIAL SERVICES.
At Peak Janitorial, we are convinced that we will satisfy all your cleaning needs and worries.
We offer you a large selection of services, using eco-friendly products used by bonded professionals.
Many green products today out-perform conventional products and they are not only safer for the environment they’re safer for people too. Moreover, many of these eco-friendly products are even more affordable than traditional cleaning alternatives.