10 Ways To Be Less Horrible to the Environment

10 Ways To Be Less Horrible to the Environment

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April 22, 2016 was another Earth Day celebration, but it also marked the day when representatives from 175 countries came together to sign a climate deal in Paris. The goal? To slow down the continual rise of harmful greenhouse gases. This is a big step for the environment (and humans, everywhere), but what are some easy ways to be environmentally friendly that we can all take? Below are 10 simple steps to be a little bit more environmental: You can be that weird person who brings your mustache mug or mason jar to your local coffee shop. Just bring your own mug, and ask the barista if you can have your coffee or tea in it, instead of a paper or Styrofoam cup. Chances are, they’ll say yes, although some places don’t allow it. By using your mug you won’t be contributing to the 58 billion paper cups that are thrown away each year. Some counties and cities are already doing away with plastic bags, but if you are in an area that hasn’t, then remember to bring your reusable bag. In just one year, Americans go through about 100 billion plastic bags , and those bags are in the top 12 most common item found on beach cleanups . I keep my cloth bags on top of my fridge, but you can keep them by your front door so you don’t forget them when going shopping, or even in the car. And don’t think that the grocery store is the only place to use them; you can use a big bag when at the mall. The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a seafood guide called the Seafood Watch. The Seafood Watch “helps consumers and businesses choose seafood that’s fished or farmed in ways that protect sea life and habitats, now and for future generations.” If you want that mahi mahi sandwich, but aren’t sure if it is sustainable to eat farmed mahi mahi, the Seafood Watch App can help you make the best choice for you and the ocean.

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