4 Things You Can Do To Thank the Earth This Thanksgiving
1. Use Reusable Products
Swap out your flimsy plastic straws for the extensive WonderSip straw collection. You will never go back to those measly thin plastic straws ever again!
Say NO to that plastic bag at the grocery store and instead take your own canvas reusable tote bags from home to fill them up with all of your groceries. Stray plastic bags pose a major threat to wildlife, as many of these flimsy plastics can end up drifting into pastures where grazing animals will accidentally ingest them and may even accidentally trap small rodents and aquatic wildlife in the oceans and other water systems.
Take your reusable water bottles on hikes and picnics instead of buying jumbo packs of 30 plastic water bottles. Millions of plastic water bottles, bottle caps, and plastic bits are found in sandy beaches. Often times coastal wildlife will eat bottle caps and bits of plastic thinking it is food and when they die, scientists have found that their intestines and stomachs are filled to the brim with all kinds of plastic waste.
2 Participate in Beach and Forest Cleanups
Beaches are often littered with the mentioned single-use plastics.
Water Bottles, glass bottles, metal trash, paper, plastics left over by irresponsible beachgoers, and many more other pieces of garbage left from passers-by.
Oftentimes this trash will be left untouched by city or country sanitation departments and volunteer groups will take on the task in order to avoid this dangerous waste pollution doing any more damage to the surrounding environment and wildlife.
If you live by a coastline this is an excellent way to give back and say thanks to both your community and the Earth. No one wants to live amongst piles and piles of trash, especially in a place like a beach which is often related to relaxation and de stressing from your daily life.
Go on a Walk or Bike to the Store Instead of taking your Fossil Fueled Car
Take advantage of your short trip to your local grocery store to take a walk or a fun bike ride and even get your necessary daily exercise in!
What better way to both get your exercise and get all your grocery chores done for the day and or week!
Fossil fuel emissions account for around 89% of global CO2 emissions and therefore make it the leading cause of global climate change. Not to mention the ocean water pollution created by millions of gallons of oil spilled by oil transport ships en route to fuel our pollution-spewing vehicles all around the world.
By doing our part we will be able to diminish the impact of the global CO2 emissions even if it’s a tiny fraction of how much gas is emitted into the atmosphere every day.
Eat Seasonal and Local Produce and Buy from small farm farmers at farmers markets
Oftentimes the food [fruits, vegetables, and animal products] that we buy in grocery stores and large warehouse store chains are brought from all over the country and world. These transports made up of trucks, large semi-transports and ships emit a lot of fossil fuels in their nationwide and worldwide trips to get to your table.
These long journeys attribute large carbon footprints to many of these foods found in stores. The carbon footprint being how much CO2 was emitted in the use of fossil fuels used by each of the various vehicles that transported the produce in its journey.
By supporting local farmers, which often produce better quality and organic products, we can diminish the amount of carbon emitted into the atmosphere by large transport vehicles and lower our own carbon footprint. These local farmers use smaller trucks and use less fuel in order to travel to their nearby farmers’ markets and sell their produce.