This post originally appeared on Konscious Whispers, where integrative health coach and sustainability goddess Kamea Chayne asks the question: What if the key to a more fulfilling life were the same as the one to a more sustainable world? Check out Konscious Whispers for more posts like this one that will put you in an immediate state of eco consciousness, like breathing in a breathtaking natural oasis.
You care about the welfare of other people, and you care deeply about our planet. You love plants and animals, and nature never ceases to amaze you. You feel fortunate to have the blessings you have in your life, and they fuel your desire to personally contribute to our world's greater good.
In spite of all that, you still occasionally forget to turn the lights off when you leave the room. Sometimes, you just want to take an extra long, hot shower to unwind. Maybe you get germaphobic here and there and feel the need to wash your hands more often, run the water longer while you wash your dishes, and toss your clothes in the washing machine after every wear. And perhaps once in a while, you unintentionally leave something at home and just have to drive a dozen extra miles more than usual to make up for your carelessness.
As much as we want to do everything we can to lower each of our own environmental footprints, we are human and imperfect, sometimes, situations outside of our control affect our decision-making; and changing habits is undeniably difficult even if we have the best intentions.
Regardless, as Earth Day approaches, it is on your agenda to practice compassion towards our planet more and to instill new habits that can help you better conserve our natural resources. At least this is what I aim to do for the rest of this year. So, I put together the following 101 tips to lowering each of our personal environmental footprints— many of which you may have already heard of (but perhaps not taken steps towards yet), and others you may not have consciously thought of much before. While most tips revolve around the more immediate steps we can take, others consider the bigger, grander decisions we can make in our lives to be more eco-friendly as a whole.
As you skim through the list, feel free to keep the ones you resonate with most first, while leaving the rest for a later time.
But yes, you heard that right: one-hundred and one tips.
I don't expect any of us to be able to incorporate all of these things into our lives right away, because making long-lasting changes takes time and conscious effort. But if we can individually pick up just one new tip from each of the five categories and act upon them over the next few months, I'd say we're off to a great start.
Head over to Konscious Whispers for one-hundred and one tips on how to live sustainably and live lighter on Mother Earth.