30 Actions for Gaia Challenge
Cover the pots and pans with a lid. It reduces the amount of energy required to boil water by 75%.
Use public transport in replacement for driving as often as possible. You gain time to do other things when are not driving. Listen to podcasts, finish emails before you get home, etc…
Reduce plastic bags by recycling, reusing and repurposing any plastic which you do purchase. Buy natural veggie bags for the supermarket and don't bag small goods for the trolley, Go Naked.
LEND A LITTLE
Investigate becoming a micro-lender and empower disadvantaged and young people to become entrepreneurs.
Save all your green waste from the kitchen and compost, or start a worm farm for your plants.
Find your local bulk foods distributor. Plan ahead as it is cheaper and avoids plastic packaging.
Conserve, conserve, conserve. When ice-cubes are left over from a drink, don’t throw them away. Put them onto plants.
Visit the nursery and buy small potted herbs and seeds to start a window box herb garden. Packaging from herbs can be avoided and they are better fresh.
ECO FRIENDLY CLEANERS
Find cleaning alternative for your home cleaning products. Bi-carbonate in very cheap and effective as well as environmentally friendly.
Next time you want to buy a household good, check out second hand listings. You may get better quality for the same price. You will definitely save money, and help the environmental impact of landfill.
Only fill the kettle to the amount of water needed. Not too much, not too little, just right.
Join a community clean up day, and use daily action helps maintain a clean and rubbish free environment. Pick up litter to stop it getting into our waterways and wild spaces.
Continue the process of converting completely to a plant-based diet. This is the fastest and biggest impact on Gaia you can have.
Plant indigenous native plants to your region in your garden to attract birds and insects back to urban areas.
Be aware of the consumption and wastage of energy. Turn of lights in empty rooms. They don't need light.
Next time you go clothes shopping buy from stores that recycle or donate a portion of their sales money to charities.
Plan your clothes washing so you can air dry clothes on fine days. Avoid the use of a dryer as they are very energy heavy.
When purchasing foods, consider where they are from and the CO2 impact of imported and airfreight produce. Buy Local.
When shopping, buy fair-trade products to support the sustainable trade system, meaning employees are rewarded fairly for their work.
Helping the planet starts at home with you and your actions. Everything you do helps, and encourages by example others to follow your impactful choices.
Wash clothes in cold water as it uses much less energy.
Watch an environmental awareness film to understand the complex issues and impact which food, humanity and business economics have on the planet. Do your bit to spread the word where you can.
Stop buying bottled water if you can drink tap water. Plastic bottles are a environmental disaster which is easily avoidable. Consider a good water filter if the tap water is not tasty.
TURN IT OFF
Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth and soaping up in the shower. Limit your shower length to 3 minutes.
Carry your own cup in your bag so you can buy coffee and tea without using a paper cup. Many paper cups can’t actually be recycled due to the construction of them. Some discount as you bring your own.
Branch out and support local farmers by buying your fresh food at local farmer’s markets.
SUCK IT UP
Never take the straws from food outlets. Buy bamboo ones to carry with you, or just drink it normally. Straws are an easy environmental fix if you chose not to use them.
Next meal, add more protein in the form of legumes as they have a lower environmental footprint than meat and dairy.
Eat seasonal vegetables and produce. It tastes better, it’s cheaper, and its environmentally friendly.
Washing clothes can be done with powder alternative which don’t pollute the water way. Find out about clothes washing ball alternatives also to reduce water consumption. Make sure you match the pH of the water.