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We know that we have to take care of the planet, because life depends on its resources and we want to become more Eco Friendly, suddenly become more "green" people.
In order to achieve this ideal, we can start with some tips that will make our life more sustainable. Start small to incorporate these new environmentally friendly habits.
Support for local commerce follows a logic of responsible consumption, since it is not only about promoting local producers and their products (which are generally friendly to the environment). But to raise awareness regarding the economic and social implications of the industrial production of the big brands. This is a tip that we also provide to save money traveling.
Consumption or local economy refers to the collaborative effort to build economies based on local or regional products. That is, to consume and sell locally to promote the economic flow of the people who live in a community.
Contribute to fair trade
Fair Trade is directly related to the previous point. It is an international movement that fights for global justice through thecommercialization of manufactured productsin fair conditions.
Fair Trade denounces the origins of poverty and inequality, developing an alternative commercial system to the conventional one in which the rights of the people and the environment are at the center of economic activity.
How do you know if a product is fair trade?
According to the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), fair trade products can be identified in two ways: Through a seal or certificate of fair trade guarantee such as Fair Trade FLO (Fair Trade Labeling Organizations International). InMexico thestamp warrantyFair Trade Mexico, which can already be found in packaging of clothing, coffee, sesame, jams, juices, chocolates, snacks, etc.
Reduce plastic consumption
Say NO to the plastic bags that they give in supermarkets, bakeries or any store where you buy something. Many people are getting used to carrying their bag every time they have to go shopping.
Avoid disposable products. Whenever possible, choose not to use them. I prefer a napkin instead of a disposable plate! Eat with your hand, instead of covered in plastic.
Replace the use of plastic bottles with canteens, glass containers and more. It is a good start to a sustainable lifestyle.
Remove the plastic straws from your life
It sounds obvious, but straws (plastic straws) are totally expendable, so why do we use them? Just out of habit! We use a lot of sorbets for nothing, when we can simply drink from the glass without problems. Although we believe that the straw can protect us from the bacteria that could have the edge of the glass, if the glass, what we drink will be contaminated no matter how we drink it.
It is estimated that a person will use about 38,000 straws throughout his life! And according to the World Economic Forum, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the sea. Worrying right? 90% of seabirds, whales and dolphins and some species of turtles have ingested plastic, including the famous straws. This small change can lead you to be more sustainable.
The separation of urban solid waste (PET, paper, cardboard, glass, etc.) from its origin is of utmost importance since it facilitates the recovery and re-use of materials, reducing consumption and pressure on the natural resources involved in its production and extending the useful life of final disposal sites.
Do it yourself
Make your shampoo, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, you will greatly reduce your carbon footprint and you will be aware of the products you are using on your body.
Get around by bike
Do not use the car for short trips as the “fuel consumption / space” ratio traveled is very high. The bicycle reduces the risk of heart attacks, cholesterol and generates endorphins.
We are great defenders of the bicycle as a means of transport. We actually took a trip through Mexico on bamboo bicycles (built with our own hands).
Remember: 10 minutes improve circulation, 20 minutes strengthen the immune system, 30 minutes improve the heart, 40 minutes increase the capacity of the lungs, 50 minutes accelerate the metabolism, 60 minutes control weight, general well-being and eliminate stress.
Ration water consumption
A leaky tap is equivalent to 1,900 liters of water wasted per month. Imagine the impact it has then, to leave the water running when we are washing dishes or brushing our teeth. We became very aware of the poor consumption of water that we did when we stayed living in San Jacinto de Bolívar.
The shower emits 20 lt / min (it is necessary to take quick showers) Close the tap while we soap. Place a bucket (shelf) to accumulate the cold water while we wait for the hot one (it is clean water that can be used later)
Don't use the toilet as a trash can. Instead, place a container near it. If the tank is 20 liters, change it for a 6 liter one. Or placing a bottle of water inside the tank will help us save water).
Reduce, recycle, reuse
The big three rules of recycling! Above all we must reduce our consumption of packaged products and foods. Use a cloth grocery bag instead of a plastic bag. Instead of plastic bottles, carry the water in aluminum canteens. Buy drinks in glass bottles or returnable containers. There are thousands of options. It is not as difficult as we are led to believe.
Grow your own food
Of course, if you are traveling, this will not be so easy, but for example, if we rent a house for a few months, we always make a small garden in some space of the house. And when we leave we look for someone to leave the little plants to and know how to make the most of it.
Bonus: eat less meat
We do not eat anything of animal origin out of empathy towards the lives of other animals. Wait! Don't be scared, I'm not trying to convince you of anything. We are not questioning people who eat meat. But it is a fact that reducing meat consumption will not only be good for your health; but also for the environment. The livestock industry is one of the biggest causes of the greenhouse effect. One way to become more sustainable is at least by reducing meat consumption.
If you want to know more arguments regarding this topic, we recommend you watch the documentary produced by Leonardo Di Caprio: Cowspiracy.
We hope that these proposals have been useful to you and that you share with us, if you have, other small changes in habits for a sustainable lifestyle.