The 7 easiest and cheapest ways to reduce your ecological footprint.

Ecology may be frustrating, hippie or even fake news if you are Donald Trump. However, it is necessary to overcome stereotypes around it because of the urgency that this subject requires. According to a privileged group of scientists, humanity has almost 3 years left to hold off global warming, a premise which places us in a countdown (World Economic Forum, 2017).

We know there are many ways to reduce our ecological footprint, like cycling, turning off the lights, recycling, etc. Nevertheless, recycling isn’t that easy because it requires creativity and time and we could be afraid of the number of injured cyclists. In this scenario, we could show indifference around this, however, I’m convinced that with information and simple changes in our lifestyle, we can reduce our waste and the resources consumption.

So here are 7 ways that bring about magnificent consequences for our planet, and they are cheap and easy.

1. Plastic bags. Plastic bags take between 200 and 1000 years to disintegrate, generating thousands and thousands of garbage tons each year. Just in Mexico City, with almost 9 million people, 1, 350 000 000 of plastic bags are thrown away every year (Conacyt, 2017). This means that the 150 plastic bags we discard per year, per person, will last longer than we do! The solution to this issue is really simple, we just have to say “no, thanks”whenever we are offered a plastic bag, and we may take a cloth bag, a briefcase or backpack with us. Whatever you have, works.

2. Deodorant. Did you know that you can forget about buying deodorant again? Here is the recipe and the only 3 ingredients you will need.

1 part of coconut oil
1 part of baking soda
2 parts of corn starch
Mix all the ingredients and use the mixture as deodorant. Remember that the proportions could change according to your body, but please, please, don’t give up. Experiment until you find the exact measurements for you.

3. Menstrual cup. If you are a woman, you need to try this. It has a lot of benefits such as comfort, health, economy, and of course, ecology. Just imagine being able to sleep peacefully when having your period without any interruptions in the early hours of the morning and without being afraid of staining your clothes and your sheets.

4. Toothpaste. Here’s another recipe with only two ingredients:
Coconut oil, baking soda, and if you wish, mint essential oil. You just have to mix everything. And as in the deodorant, you need to find the perfect proportions for you. Also, there are biodegradable toothbrushes to reduce the waste even more.

5. Always a plastic container and a thermos with you. Let’s do some basic math: A soda or a bottle of water can cost almost a dollar, if you buy 4 bottles per week, you spend almost 16 dollars per month, against about 5 dollars that a thermos or a reusable water bottle cost and which will last months of use. Imagine all the plastic and disposable utensils that the earth will get rid off and all the money you will be able to save.

6. Cleaning products. An alternative to all the cleaning products that are made with chemicals that harm our health and the planet is using vinegar, baking soda and citrus. 
You can combine them or use them separately. You can use them to clean glass, floors, bathrooms, kitchens and almost every corner of your home. Try them and forget about those chemical and expensive products.

7. Food. This point is perhaps, the one that provides the biggest benefits. Nevertheless, it is also the one that requires both discipline and consciousness, It may seem incredible that your diet can have an impact on the environment and on your health, but it’s true. The most impressive datum (for me) is that meat consumption generates more greenhouse gases than all the modes of transports together. Also, we can’t forget all the cruelty that animals undergo due to our habits. There is a lot of information about this subject because of the topics involved, such as health, nutrition ethics and environment, that’s why I encourage you to seek more and more information about it, and if you prefer documentaries, Netflix has some that are really informative.

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8. It is not hard to place a bucket or container under the shower when bathing and to recycle that water for the plants, or to use it to clean or flush the toilet.

It is important to say that there are a lot of alternative products on the market that are eco-friendly. If you are interested in this, you can find a wide range, from bar shampoos to sustainable homes. I’m pretty sure that making this little changes will make you sleep better, save money and help the entire planet.

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