30 Ways to be Eco-Friendly

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In the new world that is the United States of America today, I thought it would be a great opportunity to write this post. While our government is currently being filled with money hungry officials who truly have no regard for the environment, the species that inhabit this Earth, or the future of our food, climate, and livelihood, I think this is the perfect time to reflect on what YOU can do to create a better world for yourself and future generations.

I have compiled a list of ways to become more eco-friendly, both conventional and not so conventional ways. Personally, I do not do every single item on this list, but I do some and I plan on participating in more soon. Also, I am not saying you need to do everything on this list. Please find what speaks to you the most and GO FOR IT! If we sit around and wait for the government to make changes, nothing will happen. Start with one thing and once you’re comfortable, start another!

The people who are crazy enough to believe they can change the world… are the ones that do. So please, if you care about this Earth, make a change!

  1. Limit meat consumption, even if it’s just once a week or only cutting red meat. Anything helps! (Red meat tends to have a bigger impact on the environment.)
  2. Limit seafood consumption. Most seafood is harvested unsustainably and is filled with plastic. Also, most seafood is labeled as something else that may be high in mercury.
  3. Eat meat/seafood you’ve harvested or know the person who did! Ask questions about their methods.
  4. If you do eat meat/seafood, buy from a local! Again, ask questions about their methods. Visit the farm, see what kind of environment the animals live in, what they eat, etc.
  5. Refuse single use plastic. Buy a refillable water bottle, carry utensils, cloth napkin, stainless steel straw, container, and ask restaurants to use that instead!
  6. Avoid plastic altogether and go plastic free. Purchase glass/stainless steel everything! This lasts longer, doesn’t leach nasty chemicals into your food/body, and is better for the environment.
  7. Recycle, Reuse, Reduce! Buying items that are meant to be used once or that will break easy are a waste. Think about the oil, gas, chemicals, labor, etc. that was needed to create it before purchasing.
  8. Carry a cloth bag at all times to avoid single use plastic bags. Think plastic = OIL!
  9. Go zero waste!
  10. Clean up any trash you find.
  11. Bring your own coffee mug to the coffee shop instead of getting a to-go cup.
  12. Do research on ecotourism (zoo, aquarium, farm, etc.) before visiting. Not everyone has the best interests! Many of the attractions that seem to care about animals or the environment, really DON’T. Do your research! Remember, wild is always best but if the animal cannot be released back into the wild, ASK WHY BEFORE VISITING. Many are taken from the wild, drugged, etc.
  13. Visit national parks, national forests, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, wildlife management areas, and LEARN ABOUT IT!
  14. Leave animals WILD, don’t hand feed any animal, and let nature BE. Admire from a safe distance.
  15. Turn off all electronics when not using.
  16. Refuse fast fashion and buy thrifted items or buy from a local and/or eco-friendly brand! Fast fashion not only harms the environment but exploits people and places. Ask where your shirts are made and BY WHO!
  17. Walk somewhere!
  18. Bike somewhere!
  19. Donate to an environmental organization.
  20. Compost. Don’t just throw away paper, cardboard, produce, make soil out it!
  21. Grow your own produce. Even if it’s a small herb garden on your window sill, you’re limiting the carbon dioxide emitted from transported food by growing our own!
  22. Buy local in season produce. Again, limiting carbon dioxide emitted from transporting food. Believe it or not, most of our food is grown overseas!
  23. Refuse palm oil! This is found is literally EVERYTHING, and is being grown unsustainable in Indonesia. What are they using to grow palm fruits to make the oil? AN ENDANGERED RAINFOREST. This rainforest is the last place on Earth that has orangutans, rhinos, tigers, and elephants. Download the Palm Oil app which will tell you if the product you’re about to buy features sustainable palm oil!
  24. Buy rainforest alliance coffee. Find more info. here.
  25. Buy bird friendly coffee. Find more info. here.
  26. Go birding! (yep, I went there.)
  27. Learn about your local ecosystems.
  28. Volunteer to clean up a park, beach, etc.
  29. Volunteer at a national park, wildlife refuge, rehab center, etc.
  30. Contact government officials about environmental concerns. While many think this won’t do much, the more people who voice their opinions, the more likely we will see change. I have contacted my state senator more times than I am proud to say and I don’t plan on stopping.

I hope this list inspires some type of change! If you have any methods to be eco-friendly, please share with me in a comment below!

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How To Find Your Passion

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  Excitement is the more practical synonym for happiness, and it is precisely what you should strive to chase. It is the cure-all. When people suggest you follow your “passion” or your “bliss,” I propose that they are, in fact, referring to the same singular concept: excitement. This brings us full circle. The question you should be asking isn’t, “What do I want?” or “What are my goals?” but “What would excite me?””

— Tim Ferris’s

This quote really resonated with me. For those who know me personally, I’ve been on a roller coaster during my early twenties. I tied my happiness to my career choice and when I didn’t feel satisfied I took a few steps back and tried again… and again… and again. This eventually lead to some pretty intense anxiety and depression. If you’re struggling to find what truly makes you happy, ask yourself “what makes me jump out of bed?”

Most people focus on what is most rewarding or what earns the most money or even what they’re good at. All of these are valid questions to ask, however, none truly matter as much as what makes you feel excited and gets you out of bed!

While in college, I changed my major multiple times (4 to be exact!) based on what I thought would make me happy. I failed to realize that there was one thing that I was interested in for years and would find myself reading on the subject during my spare time. This was the exact subject I would end up graduating with.

It honestly doesn’t matter what anyone tells you to do or to study or what job you should get. It honestly doesn’t even matter if you’re good at something or not (although that helps!). You need to choose something that will make you the happiest and most excited for life. The talent, money, and success will come with it!

When I first started college, I had no interest in figuring out my passion or even thinking about it. I just wanted to party and hang out with the wrong people. This eventually resulted in crazy anxiety about school, since I wasn’t where I truly wanted to be. I began to hate school, thinking I didn’t need it, and even started my own business (queue Radioactive Flamingo!). I don’t regret my choices because I learned valuable skills that I am currently using, but had I known my true passion, I would’ve wasted less time worrying and more time enjoying life, like I currently am.

So how on earth can you find your passion? Sit down with a pen and paper. Ask yourself, what makes me excited? What interests me? If you’re still having a hard time, look for what you spend your free time doing. Do you read? If so, what subjects are these books? Whether that’s fitness, make up, or birds, dive deeper into this and see where it takes you! You may just surprise yourself.