Our purchases can directly help the environment

With the rise of climate change and water scarcity, it has become increasingly important to find ways to reduce our environmental impact. What many people don't realize is that their every day purchases can have a direct effect on the environment -- and, if done correctly, a positive one! In this blog post, we'll look at how we can use our purchases to directly help the environment.

Support the right companies/businesses/farms with your $$

Align yourself with companies that are working to grow well-being on this planet and pay attention to their sustainability policies. This is especially true of our food choices, but this includes everything we buy. This is not a challenge to be perfect but to do more than you do now. If we all do a little more we can and will merge our influence. The business large and small that are going the extra mile to be environmentally minded can not exist without our support through our purchases. 

Two business I support to reduce my plastic footprint are GROVE and WHO GIVES A CRAP. Who gives a crap that sells toilet paper and other paper goods, donates 50% of profits to water and sanitation charities. Both these companies are certified B Corporation which requires they meet the highest environmental  and social standards.

Use this link to give a crap and receive $10 off your first purchase of 100% recycled Toilet Paper. And GROVE will give you $10 off your first order plus a free gift with this link.

Buy Products Designed to Last

Before you buy something, do a little leg work and do the research. This is where the reviews are helpful. Are people reporting that the product breaks easily or doesn't last. Buying something cheap that has a short life span is not good for the environment as it wastes precious resources and end up in the landfill, and it's not good for our pocket books either.

Reduce waste

Lean toward items that can be recycled or composted at the end of its lifecycle. For example, the sisal grass placemats I sell on the Eat Less Water shop are 100% biodegradable. You can throw it in your green waste bin at the end of its life unlike the synthetic placemats made of plastic or polyester.

You make a difference

Choosing sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives not only guarantee environmental protection but also an enduring product that is certain to last. Our purchasing choices can have a huge impact on the environment, from supporting the right companies and investing in energy-efficient technologies to making smarter purchases and supporting local and sustainable businesses. With a few changes in our habits and decisions, we can use our purchases to have a direct and positive effect on the environment.

Action steps

Sign up for my newsletter to learn more about how you can make a positive environmental impact with your every day purchases. And support stores like Eat Less Water, who curate well-being for you and the planet.

Want even more, listen to more action tips on my podcast, HOW TO EAT LESS WATER. 

About the author:

I'm an award-winning author of EAT LESS WATER, a public speaker, and an environmental activist. I am an expert on sustainable living and water conservation solutions and have a growing line of sustainable kitchen products designed bring more joy in the kitchen-the most important room of the house to save water with the food we eat. I have appeared on television, radio, and podcasts including NPR, American Public Media, KCRW’s Good Food, New York and Bay Area Pacifica Radio, Entertainment Weekly, and CBS, KTLA Morning News.  I host the podcast HOW TO EAT LESS WATER.  Home is mostly in Oxnard, California, an agricultural town on the Pacific coast and sometimes Santa Fe, New Mexico.