In last week’s article, I talked about my resolution to be kinder but as I watched the person in the car in front of me throw something out their window, my desire to be kind went right out the window with it.
So, this week’s article is about our carbon footprint. I truly believe, if we choose to, we can all take responsibility for our own carbon footprint on this planet. It does take extra time and some thoughtful awareness to not take the easy road when taking individual responsibility for our effect on our planet.
From finding sustainable alternatives for paper towels to ditching single-use plastic baggies for reusable ones, there are so many innovative and easy ways to leave a smaller footprint, without breaking the bank.
I believe the first and most important step is to choose that you want to create a habit or lifestyle change and to become educated and aware of how you can make small changes that create big results.
We all know we should stop using plastic wrap and baggies. Using beeswax-based wrap or reusable silicone food bags, there are lots of ways to ditch plastic bags and baggies in your kitchen but you have to shop for these alternatives and use them on a consistent basis. And don’t get me started on the plastic grocery bags.
Make it a habit at work and at home to reuse the back of paper that you have printed or written on and recycle those printer cartridges. Turn off the water when you are brushing your teeth. Buy a more efficient thermostat. The list goes on and on.
What I am asking is for each of us to take a moment to be present and aware to where we could each be less wasteful, more eco-friendly and take that extra step to be present to our personal impact on a daily basis.
As we clean out those closets and recycle as much as possible, to watching our spending on things we really don’t need as well as making that reusable water bottle or coffee cup within easy reach. Know that one person can truly make a difference.
Tori Goodrich is a life, business and professional coach. She is also the co-owner of Gener8tional Connections helping companies work through the great divide. Contact Tori by telephone at 610.613.2127, on the web at www.victoriagoodrich.com, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.