I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite quarantine activities has been to scroll endlessly through various online shops, and add items to my cart knowing I won’t end up purchasing them. Online shopping can be a fun way to pass time, but its environmental footprint is much larger than you’d think. Not only, such a large amount of fossil fuels are used to get the item to your state, then delivered right to your door, but the expensive, usually non-recyclable packaging is even worse.
Here are some environmentally online shops you can support, to still get your fix of online shopping, while staying conscious of your carbon footprint.
Enroll In A Sustainability Course:
Coursera offers a large variety of courses on sustainability, sustainable fashion, renewable energy, climate change, and more!
MilkWood has a good amount of articles and videos that can give you tips about permaculture and other garden related topics!
Take a free, self paced class on EDX.org, on virtually any environmentally related topic you could imagine.
Listen To A Sustainability-Focused Podcast:
A Sustainable Mind
The Eco Warrior Princess Podcast
Start Some Eco-Friendly Projects:
Pick up trash at a local park
Make sure to always wear gloves.
Start a garden
Do some research to start a garden, or grow veggies/ herbs in pots on your window sill.
Purge your closet
To donate clothes you don’t need post-quarantine.
Veganism is defined as the practice of not using animal products, particularly in diet, and is associated with the philosophy that rejects the use of animals as material objects. Veganism doesn't only drastically help our planet, but can transform our bodies inside and out.
Our country is experiencing an existential crisis. Humanity is exhausting our planet’s finite resources at a deadly rate, and the environment is undergoing changes that are going to be detrimental to not only the planet, but all of us people living on it. That is, unless we make drastic changes. You can’t fix all of our problems with veganism, but you sure can help be a huge part of the solution.
One reason people chose the vegan lifestyle is to prevent the exploitation of animals. Animals are living beings too, seeking life, and freedom. More commonly people chose to go vegan for the amazing health benefits it can have on our bodies. Both the British Dietetic Association, and the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic, recognized that the vegan lifestyle is suitable for every age, and some research has linked vegan diets with lower blood pressure, cholesterol, lower rates of heart disease, some types of cancer, and type 2 diabetes, than an average meat eater. Lastly a vegan diet, promotes water conservation, cleaner soil, and can reduce energy consumption. It takes 100 to 200 times more water to raise a pound of beef than it does to raise a pound of plant foods. Along with that, raising livestock erodes and weakens soil, this is because raising livestock usually leads to deforestation, which clears huge amounts of land, that provide nutrients to the soil. Lastly raising livestock uses a lot of energy, approximately, it takes 75 times more energy to produce meat than corn.
Now, I'm not saying going vegan will cure climate change, but it sure can help put a dent in the issue, and you'll create a healthier more sustainable lifestyle for yourself while you're at it.
Written by: Maya Weikert