It’s Cool to Care about the Planet

AKA things everyone can do to be environmentally conscious.

The idea to write this came to me while watching the most recent episode of Big Little Lies, in which one of the second graders (Amabella my fav to be exact) is hospitalized due to stress over the impending doom of the human race because of climate change. Thinking more and more about this, I realized, I was never taught anything about climate change when I was in elementary school. This is because this issue in recent years has become so much prevalent in the news, media, and society in general. Everyone, even people who live under a rock, know that it is time to make changes in our lives to “Save Mother Earth.”

The two biggest things I have been trying to change is cutting out plastic from my life and shopping for clothes as sustainably as possible.

Sustainable shopping comes with a price but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your personal style. Let me be frank, I cannot afford to shop at Reformation or any of those trendy sustainable boutiques. I am a big fan of the brand and everything they are doing for the fashion industry, and I will forever window shop at the Reformation in the Design District but on a college student budget- it’s just not gonna happen. A great alternative to these high-end sustainable options is thrift shopping and also trying to avoid fast fashion. Another good way to be environmentally conscious while shopping for clothes is to invest in staple higher quality pieces that you won’t get bored in the long run.

Plastic takes thousands of years to decompose if it ever does. Even by doing small things like changing to glass straws at home (never metal they can chip your teeth) you can make a difference. Leaving reusable bags in your car and carrying a glass or metal water bottle are other great initiatives to take as well.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

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