SMALL CHANGES TO MAKE A GREATER IMPACT. Little ways to make a difference in bettering our planet, our oceans, and ourselves.

It’s 2020 already so we obviously know the climate is ‘strugglin which means more and more of us are becoming more aware and conscious of the deterioration of our planet. 

Many of us are trying as best as we can to make major changes in order to help the state of our planet and our oceans. 

Some have gone vegan or simply started opting for oat milk in their coffee since dairy is so last year. Some people have made an impact by donating funds to various causes, or by shopping brands that support an environmental cause like Others are trying to reduce their daily waste and carbon footprint in ways they know how (i.e. eating less meat, shopping less, etc.).

If you want to start making a difference, here are a few simple steps you could take to live a more sustainably right now.


Some coffee shops and restaurants have switched over to paper straws but some still have not received the memo. Either way, a metal, glass or other types of reusable straws is a great investment! You could even buy a compactable one to keep in your purse when you spontaneously go for bubble tea or just to use for your morning smoothie at home. 

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Shopping bags 

When going grocery shopping, to a farmer’s market, flea market or to a thrift store, bring a few foldable tote or reusable bags with you! Not only are they sturdier than plastic ones but they’ll help you reduce your waste and consumption by refusing to take a bag when you buy something and ending up with a collection of plastic bags, from pharmacies and grocery stores, in your closet. 

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Water bottles

It’s a good idea to invest in a reusable water bottle that you’ll be excited to bring around with you - keep it by your bedside when at home and/or bring it to school, work, and the gym. Not only will it cut down on your consumption of plastic water bottles, it may also encourage you to drink more water which is a bonus! 

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Shopping less or thrifting

If you must shop - try thrifting or shopping at sustainable stores rather than fast-fashion stores. If you manage to cut down on shopping, that would, of course,  be the most sustainable option. If you choose to still shop, check out thrift shops, local clothing swaps, second-hand stores, and stores that source sustainable clothing and materials. Fast-fashion is one of the biggest polluters so if you could cut down on consuming it, the planet will thank you.

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Recycle and compost - and reduce waste when possible 

Minimizing your trash is important but also knowing how to sort things is crucial. Helping to make a difference to better our planet starts with knowing how to properly dispose of waste. Knowing what types of products and materials are recyclable and compostable is essential to prevent contamination and ensure you’re making the most sustainable and eco-friendly choices! Reducing waste altogether is obviously the next step - bringing your own mug when picking up your morning coffee, bringing your own bags to supermarkets, buying produce that isn’t wrapped in additional plastic, using your own cutlery for take-out food, etc. Reducing your waste/consumption when possible is obviously ideal but make sure to learn how to dispose of things properly when you accidentally forget your reusable mug or bottle at home. 

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Author: Sami Chazonoff