It’s something of a childhood dream, to believe we can save the planet. As we grow older, it’s easy to get lost in routine ways and often forgetting the impact even just the smallest things can have. For instance, plastic straws make up about 8% of our planet’s plastic pollution. It’s not too late though! Together we can truly make a difference with just a few simple routines.
Though I’d learned of Veganuary a year or two ago, this will be my first! Excitement sets in and with the New Year I thought ‘How great would it be to have something like Veganuary each month to encourage and test out new ways of living sustainably,’ as thus-
2019 Monthly Sustainability Challenge
Going completely vegan can freak a lot of people out, including me at times even after years of being a strict vegetarian. Consider, however, a temporary dietary choice to cleanse and heal your body (we all know we need it after the Holidays!) and your reduce environmental impact. As it stands, over 80% of farmland around the world is used to raise livestock. Study suggest that if America were to go vegan, over 390 million more people could be feed. Okay so what’s 31 of 365 days.
Fair Trade February
Next time your at the grocery store, make sure to keep an eye out for that Fair Trade certification, especially when buying items like coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea, etc. This ensures that these products are produced using sustainable methods and provide a fair exchange with locals for these goods. Making sure people are supported and treated fairly is just one way we can start to save the planet in 2019!
March into Chemical-Free
With so many products out there it can be hard to know what you are actually getting these days. This month is all about getting into chemical-free products that will not only benefit the planet, but also your health! Look for all-natural options and forgo the unnecessary scents. Grab your essential oils and diffuse them into your home for a peaceful chemical-free environment.
This month is super simple! As long as you have a wrench or a handyman around, you’ll mostly spend the month reaping the benefits. Time to install that new shower head! Replace your old standard shower head with a high-efficiency one to reduce water heating needs and save thousands of gallons of water per year.
I’m sure you’ve heard it before, the bees are in need of some serious help. Bees hold such an important role in our ecosystem and without them, we would not be able to grow any of the food we eat today! With that in mind, to save the planet this month, plant any flowering plants you can. Bees need things to pollinate and by housing a garden not only can we help the bees, grow our own food but we also give ourselves the simple reminder to stop and smell the flowers in life.
As the days grow longer here in the northern hemisphere and the fruit of your garden labors mature, it’s time to start putting all that goodness to use! I find myself each year with more produce than I know how to use so in 2019 I decided to take on a juice challenge. Instead of letting your produce go to waste this year, start experimenting early with making yummy juices you can share with your loved ones, that is, if that can get some!
Gemstones in July
There is something so cozy and special about the places we call home. This month, we are looking inward, on how to make our home decor remind us of the sacred nature of this planet. Instead of buying man made decorations, often made of un-earth-friendly products like plastic, go to your local rock shop and pick up some gemstones. Not only do these make the perfect decorations, but they also hold healing qualities and energies that take the homey feeling to the next level.
Each fall brings many presents, most of which come in the form of dying leaves and plants. It’s best time of year to start a compost if you don’t already have one. This August we are also assessing both success and failure with our agricultural projects and redesigning anything we can to utilities our resources better for the next growing season so get crafty and let those leaves rot to provide health soil for next spring!
Shop Responsibly September
There’s no denying how quickly styles can change. With massive amounts of textile productions each year, too much of it is going to waste. Beyond that, many companies production processes are less than fair. For this reason, we challenge you to support some of our favorite brand that have really made an effort to save the world! Check out Krochet and Kids, Odina Surf and a long time favorite, Patagonia.
Zero Waste October
Okay who’s ready for this challenge? For the month of October let’s save the planet by producing zero waste! This can be a huge task especially depending on where you live but fear not, it is absolute possible. Some ways to eliminate waste are to reusable bags, both produce and grocery style, reusable straws and water bottles of course, and you can even take your own storage containers to the bulk section at your local grocery. This might be an adjustment so just stick with the best you can and the Earth will thank you!
Okay this is suppose to be fun so be sure to stay within the necessary boundaries and comfort of your being. I recently read a study that showed women who wear less clothes actually live longer. Of course, we must stay warm and abide cultural standards, however, this months challenge is to spend as much time in the nude as possible. This can be super empowering for both men and women but it also reduces the need for laundry, therefore saving energy and water!
Support Local December
It’s that time of year again, when we get to spend so much time with our friends and family in holiday cheer and giving gifts, is something many of us hold dear. This year, give the gift of locally-made treasures that are sure to be one of a kind while celebrating all your help of saving the planet this year!