6 Every Day Changes to Make to Help the Environment – Teen Blurb

Humans are the number one reason why climate change is occurring so rapidly. The things that we do every day are ruining our Earth. Climate change is a change in regional or global climate patterns mainly due to carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. Use of fossil fuels is the main cause of pollution on Earth.

Human waste is also a major issue. Humans waste thousands of tons of plastic and food every day as if it does not matter at all. Waste takes up space that could be used for housing or food production. Waste also lines city streets, gathers in forests and drifts throughout the ocean and into our waterways and food.

Here are some easy every day changes you can make to help slow pollution rates:

Materialistic Changes

  1. Wear a reusable face covering

Scientists are encouraging people to wear reusable cloth masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The popular blue disposable masks are littering the streets, winding up in oceans, harming animals and filling landfills. These disposable masks are made out of plastic which is one of the major pollutants today. People are throwing out of their car windows allowing animals to get tangled up in them and ocean life to try to eat them. So, it is recommended and strongly encouraged that everyone switches to cloth masks. Be sure to wash them after every use!. Athletes prefer disposable masks since they seem to be more breathable so only use disposable masks in athletic situations and reusable ones for everything else. In the long run, you will save money by not constantly buying boxes of masks which can cost up to $3

2. Use a bamboo toothbrush

Bamboo toothbrushes are biodegradable, unlike plastic toothbrushes and any other plastic product. Toothbrushes are not recyclable and if they were, that would be unsanitary. Brushing your teeth is just an act of basic hygiene. It is recommended that you change your toothbrush every three months or four times per year

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Plastic Changes

3. Use metal straws

When purchasing your morning or afternoon iced coffee, please use a reusable straw. Purchase some reusable or even compostable straws in your car or bag so you’re never without them.Plastic straws are not recyclable since they jam the machines at recycling plants, but your coffee cup is. Recycle your cups every day. Or forget both the straw and the lid and just sip your drink. Due to the pandemic, you cannot bring reusable cups to coffee shops, but you can bring straws which will make a difference. 

Coffee changes and fast food restaurants probably have the highest plastic waste rates in the world. Plastic breaks into fragments and pollutes our waterways making fresh water accessibility even more scarce. Those fragments end up in the stomachs of fish which then end up in us. Plastic straws can end up stuck in a turtle’s nose. According to Our World in Data, in 2015, there was a total of 7.8 billion tons of plastic waste around the world. This plastic is taking up space where food and forests could be growing our people could be living. Do your part by recycling and using reusable straws.

4. Use a reusable water bottle

The Container Recycling Institute says that Americans use more than 70 million non-reusable plastic water bottles every single day. Almost all of those will end up in a landfill taking up valuable space for hundreds of years. Although grabbing a plastic water bottle on your way out the door is convenient, it only takes a minute or two to fill a reusable bottle. Reusable water bottles can be quite inexpensive, much less expensive than buying cases of water bottles every week. Metal water bottles will actually keep your water colder for much longer than a non-reusable plastic bottle. Personally, my family made the switch to reusable water bottles many years ago and we have saved so much money. I know, first hand, that it is quite simple to make the switch and help save the world.

5. Bring reusable shopping bags with you when shopping

Plastic shopping bags, like bottles and straws, take a long time to decompose and harm animals all over the world. Reusable shopping bags are typically $1 and are of a reasonable size. They typically hold more groceries than a plastic bag meaning you would have less bags to carry into your home, making the process more efficient. Also, reusable bags are far more reliable than the flimsy plastic bags grocery stores offer. Another alternative would be asking for paper bags, but they are equally as unreliable. And are not better for the environment if they are not reused or recycled properly

6. Use bar soaps and shampoos

By switching to bar soaps, shampoos and conditioners, you will save a large load of yearly plastic waste. Truly, avoiding products in plastic bottles and packaging, if possible, is best. Use up all the products in plastic bottles you have before switching to bars. Also, be sure to wash out and recycle any and all plastic bottles. 

Start by making one of these changes and once you’ve made the first change, take on another. It may not seem like one person making a change will have much of an impact, but it truly will. Make a change and then encourage others to make these changes, too.

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