Sustainable and Safe September

It’s Sustainable September! Even though 2020 has been challenging for everyone, there is still room to improve our daily habits for the well-being of the environment and future generations. All month long we will share inspiration, facts, amazing deals, and even a few fun giveaways to encourage you to make sustainable life changes—taking into account that keeping yourself and your family healthy is crucial right now.

 

September is also National Organic Harvest Month. By buying certified organic foods and household goods, you are supporting farmers who are protecting the soil, the water, their workers, animals, and future generations from detrimental chemical pesticides and fertilizers.

5 Sustainable Living Facts

  1. Adopting a plant-based diet is the most impactful thing you can do to help the planet.
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    Need help transitioning to less meat in your diet? Down to Earth can help! Find plenty planet-friendly recipes.

  2. Currently one third of the food that is produced in the world is going to waste.
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    Start a home compost pile or bin and try these ways to fight food waste.

  3. The apparel industry is one of the most energy consuming industries in the world.
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    It consumes more energy than the aviation and shipping industries combined, accounting for 10% of the global carbon emissions. Chemicals from dyes make their way into the environment, polluting the air, water, and also harming marine life.Buy vintage or thrift store clothing and donate your old clothing items to others.

  4. Supporting organic farmers is important!
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    Organic farming releases fewer greenhouse gas emissions, rebuilds soil health and stops harmful chemicals from getting into our water supplies.

  5. Buying Locally Grown produce is one of the best things for the planet.
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    Local, seasonal food generates less carbon dioxide in reduced transportation “food miles”.

Lighten Your Footprint: Eat Local, Fresh, Organic and Plant-Based.

Footnotes: 

No author listed, “How Much Do Our Wardrobes Cost to the Environment?”, September 3, 2019. https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2019/09/23/costo-moda-medio-ambiente