Five Ways to Decrease Your Environmental Impact Without Spending Gobs of Money

Five Ways to Decrease Your Environmental Impact Without Spending Gobs of Money
Carrie Griffith
July 19, 2020

What are the ways to decrease your impact on the environment? Everyone knows "reduce, reuse, recycle."  Go paperless. Donate money. But what can you do that doesn’t break the bank? Here are five ideas:

 

1.    4Ocean

This organization was started by two surfers who were distressed about the amount of plastic they encountered and decided to do something about it. They have become an international success in cleaning up our oceans. Since 2017 they have removed over 8 million pounds of plastic. They are funded from the sale of their recycled plastic theme bracelets, but best of all, they offer volunteer clean-up opportunities on beaches.  And it's tons of fun!

2.    Free the Ocean

A young woman in California who’s on a mission to fight plastic pollution worldwide started this group. You can go to the website and play the daily trivia game. Each time you play, one piece of plastic is removed from the ocean. It's free, and you even learn something too!

3.    8 Billion Trees

This team has planted nearly one million trees. They are striving to decrease our carbon footprint and save wildlife habitats. They accept monthly donations and market eco-friendly products to help support their endeavors. You can help by planting trees in your community. Many Metroparks offer volunteer opportunities to plant and maintain trees. You could even organize your own group!

4.    Compost

Instead of dumping foodstuff in the disposal and having it end up in our waterways, or putting it in plastic bags, you can compost the scraps in your backyard. Don’t want to do that? You can get kitchen compost containers and biodegradable bags at very reasonable prices.

5.    Catalogs

Does anyone feel overwhelmed by the numbers of catalogs you get in the mail? You can take some time to call the companies and ask them to take you off their list. Many have an email option, as well. You can also contact catalogchoice.org, and they will take care of getting you removed from as many listings as you want. There is a small fee for this service.

 

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