Help Our Planet – Simple ideas to get you started.

Updated: Dec 4, 2020

Our wonderful planet, our home, is in great need of healing. 

I often get overwhelmed wanting to do all of the things in order to help the health of our planet.  Thankfully, now and again, I am reminded that one person cannot fix ALL the issues.  Each one of us are on our own individual journey.  Each one of us is doing a something to help our planet.

Every little bit helps.  Celebrate those changes that you do make.

We started with baby steps.  Once small change at a time.  First, we reduced the amount of waste that we produce.  Second, I started making our cleaning products, body lotion and mouthwash.  Third, I have cut down on the amount of meat that our family eats. 

Here is a list of simple ideas to get your started. (below) Not only are we helping the environment, we also end up with less clutter in our home, less toxins in our bodies, and saving money.  It’s a win-win as long as you do what works for you.  

Help Our Planet – Simple ideas to get you started.

In the kitchen:

  1. Replace plastic wraps with biodegradable beeswax wraps.

  2. Replace napkins and paper towels with cloth.

  3. Use reusable rags for cleaning.

  4. Make “new” meals out of leftovers.

  5. Have a “no-meat” day once a week.

In the bathroom:

  1. Make your own body lotion, mouth wash, toothpaste, etc.

  2. Use a safety razor for shaving.

  3. Solid soap free of packaging for washing your face and your body. 

  4. Shampoo bars and conditioner bars for your hair.

  5. Wooden or bamboo compostable toothbrush.

Other areas:

  1. “Green commute”.  Ride a bike.  Car pool.

  2. Wash your laundry in cold water.

  3. Install a programmable thermostat.

  4. Hang your clothes to dry instead of using the dryer.

  5. Say no to single use.  eg: plastic straws, foam cups, etc.

When shopping:

1. Shop at your local Farmers Market and support your local farms. 

How does it help? – It’s better for the environment.  You support local farmers. The food is fresher.  They use more natural farming methods. You have the opportunity to speak directly to the farmers! You can chat with them and learn more about what you are purchasing.

* Note:  Some farmers’ markets are simply buyers who resell wholesale produce that has been shipped from other countries. You can always ask the vendors where they get their food.

2. Use cloth produce bags, cloth grocery bags as well as reusable containers.  

How does it help? – You will be cutting back on plastic and food packaging that is polluting our environment.  Studies have found that, bottled water from many well known brand, and even tap water in many countries around the world, has high levels of microplastics.

In a world of more than seven billion people, each of us is a drop in the bucket. But with enough drops, we can fill any bucket. David Suzuki

Every little bit counts.

We do what works for us as a family.  What we feel is a level of change that we are comfortable with at this time.  As we grow more comfortable with change, we incorporate other little changes.

Remember, do what works for you and your family.  Celebrate the little things.  Tell your family and friends about what you are doing.  Share your story.  Others may be inspired to follow in your footsteps.  Every little bit counts.

Yours in health, Nancy Shimmy