22 April marks Earth Day and it’s no secret that we’re passionate about leaving the planet better than we found it. The importance of an occasion like this one is to advocate environmental protection, urging the public to do what they can to make a difference. If you’re interested in lending a hand, here’s what you can do to protect our earth and leave as little footprint on the environment as possible.
- Say no to single-use plastics and recycle
It’s no secret that single-use plastics are ruining our world’s oceans and its marine life. From reusable straws and coffee cups to your own set of cutlery, there are many ways to lessen the amount of plastic that ends up on landfills and eventually our oceans. Modern inventions like reusable Ziplock bags and food coverings mean less reliance on single-use counterparts so there’s no excuse not to choose well.
- Eat seasonal local produce
Why eat seasonally and locally? By doing so, you can reduce the environmental footprint of the food you consume. This is because it uses less energy for growth and transportation. As a result, fewer carbon emissions are present. It’s also a chance to support South African communities without channelling funds abroad for imported ingredients. It’s also worth noting that seasonal fruit and vegetables are harvested at their taste and nutritional peak, which often leads to tastier food too!
- Lend your voice to important causes
Better yet, give of your time or make a donation. Even sharing the communications of organisations on your own social media platforms is better than sitting back and doing nothing. We suggest finding a few causes that you’re passionate about and doing what you can to help them. By selecting ones in your hometown, you could visit them in person and volunteer. If you’re a professional with a product or service that would help them in doing their work, why not pledge to assist them in their efforts?
- Plant indigenous wherever possible
Our choice of vegetation can have a huge impact on the environment. This is because they can influence the other plant and animal life that come into contact with it on a daily basis. In the fight against global warming, Spekboom is proving to be an incredible choice. Why choose Spekboom? Not only is it waterwise and indigenous, but this succulent removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at around four to ten tonnes of carbon per hectare. When compared to rainforests, a thicket of Spekboom is ten times more effective when it comes to combating carbon. Its leaves are edible too and we do believe it’s delicious in a gin and tonic.
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