Planet Positive Changes You Can Make Today

If it hasn’t been made abundantly clear over the last few years, we need to make big changes to the way we treat the planet if we’re going to make it safe for future generations. We’ve taken advantage of the planet and it’s resources for far too long, and are already suffering the consequences.

We need to start making changes now if we want the best possible future. Not next year, not when we can be bothered to sit down and learn about it all, now.

The good news is there’s some really simple things you can do to help the environment today! A consistent effort really will make a difference, especially if paired with educating others and being a true advocate for change.

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Contact your MP

Start by contacting your local MP. Using your voice is extremely powerful, so speak up and tell them to commit to action. Put them under pressure to do something!

Vote with your money

Many people don’t realise, but when you spend money you’re not just buying a product. You’re voting. As long as you keep giving your money to companies who aren’t taking steps towards being more planet positive, things are less likely to change.

Do some research into trustworthy, ethical companies, and use your money there instead! I actually wrote a post about this previously which could help – the ultimate a-z of sustainable brands.

Keep yourself informed

Make sure you continue to educate yourself and others on the subject of climate change. Learn as much as you can so we can all help keep up the momentum and continue moving forward!

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Pick an eco friendly car

When you’re on the lookout for a new car, consider one that’s better for the environment. Take a look at the Range Rover Electric for example!

Electric cars are seemingly the new normal, and perform just as well as conventional cars, and more charging stations are being installed as time goes on.

Travel responsibility

You might have an eco friendly car, but that doesn’t mean you should drive everywhere. Travel responsibly and walk or cycle where possible. Not only is this good for the planet, but it’s good for you too!

Eat sustainably

Cut down on meat products and buy a water filter to avoid constantly using plastic bottled water. Alternatively, reusable water bottles are a great option too!

What we eat contributes around a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions and is responsible for ~60% of global biodiversity loss. Farming animals for meat and dairy requires space and huge inputs of water as well as animal feed. Take small steps at a time to incorporate for plant-based meals into your diet and pay attention to where you buy your food from.

Planet positive reusable bag

Buy second hand

Instead of immediately looking to buy brand new, why not consider buying second hand? I do this often, especially with clothing. Buying second hand or refurbished goods is better for the environment and you can often save yourself a lot of money in the process.

Reuse your bags

Don’t just shove your bags into a cupboard and keep adding to them when you shop! Make sure they get the best possible use and give them a new lease of life.

Take short showers

Finally, stop having baths and take a brisk shower instead. Keeping baths to a minimum helps limit wasted water, and they’re much more hygienic when you think about it!

Do you do any of these already? What changes will you be making to help the environment? Let me know in the comments below.

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I'm Elen Mai, the brains behind Welsh Wanderer and 20-something human biology student from (you guessed it) Wales! Welsh Wanderer is designed with the eco-conscious adventurer in mind. So stick around for tips & tricks on living sustainably.

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