Like a lot of other things people often treat as black or white or binary, sustainability is a spectrum. Most folks aren’t on the 100% zero waste, composting toilet end of the spectrum—and that’s actually just fine by us, so long as you might consider getting on the spectrum at all.
Feel like you’ve made your way onto the spectrum and have nailed some of the consistent sustainable habits or shifts that you set out to? If you’ve got that compost bin in rotation, are dodging some of the single-use plastic, are eating a lil’ less meat and have picked up one of the books in our sustainable book club…you’ve graduated from Sustainable Living 101. Yeehaw!
Ready to level up? You’re in the right place. We’ve rounded up some ways to help you take the next step in your sustainability journey…slow strides and mistakes welcome.
Make the Switch to Renewable Energy
Wildgrid Solar’s handy website helps you find out what solar energy options are available to you—whether you rent an apartment or can’t afford to spend more than your existing bills. They’ll match you with a few different options and you can pick the one that works best for you and your budget and help fight the myth that renewable energy is only available to homeowners with deep pockets. Anyone and everyone should be able to get started!
Eat Food with a Smaller Footprint
There’s a lot of power in doing what you can when it comes to what you eat (and don’t eat). Whether it's narrowing your dairy or meat intake to once a week or month, buying into a CSA now that spring has sprung, or signing up for a program that reroutes ugly produce from landfill to your kitchen—you’re lowering your footprint just by switching up what’s on your plate.
Getting Your Pet on a More Sustainable Path
Dogs and cats are carnivores with a relatively significant carbon footprint (especially dogs). They can also be picky eaters, so overhauling their diet overnight might be an unrealistic ask. Instead, try switching to carbon-negative or climate-friendly food for one of or half of their meals. Non-negotiable? Even swapping out their treats or dental sticks for something carbon negative instead does move the needle inch by inch.
Fly Carbon Negative
Hydrogen powered planes aren’t really a thing for passenger travel (yet), but you can make the choice to give your dollars to an airline who offsets their carbon footprint—especially given air travel is one of the most emissions-intensive things an individual can do. Bonus: think of all those frequent flier perks you could reap by consolidating under one airline. Airlines you probably already fly like JetBlue, United, and Delta all have carbon offset programs in place.
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