“I’m just one person, so whatever I do won’t make a difference anyway.” Have you said this to yourself before when faced with the challenge of keeping our planet clean? Many of us feel as though the small gestures we make toward helping the environment won’t do anything anyway, so why bother? This could not be farther from the truth! Each and every one of us plays a helping hand in ensuring that we live in a world that is as safe and clean as possible.
Why is caring for the environment important?
The air we breathe and the water we drink are what sustain us and give us life. Polluted air and water contains toxins. If our air and water is polluted with toxins, our health will suffer as a consequence. According to the CDC, air pollution is linked to asthma, poor heart health, bronchitis, and premature mortality, and water pollution can lead to gastrointestinal illness, reproductive problems, and neurological disorders. When we litter the earth with garbage, overconsume materials that are not biodegradable, and emit too many carbon gasses from our modes of transportation, we are polluting our air and water, and therefore creating a toxic environment.
Everything is connected
Biodiversity is made up of animals, plants, and other living things in our world. Biodiversity is important for human survival, as it creates the ecosystem for which we depend on for our basic needs. Without biodiversity we would lack food, water, shelter, and air. Every organism in this ecosystem plays an important part, and if one link (or species) is damaged, the entire chain is affected, including us as humans. A harmed natural environment caused by air and water pollution, inefficient garbage disposal, and increased carbon gasses all impact the earth’s biodiversity negatively, which in turn, impacts us negatively.
How can we help?
The first step toward helping the environment is awareness. A good model to use is the three R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle.
Reduce: Lessen your ecological imprint by consuming less (this means electricity, water, and even packaged food items that must be disposed of inorganically). Do you leave the lights on carelessly while you are out of the house? Do you keep the water running for a few minutes before you go into the shower? This wastes energy and is not only be harmful to the environment, but more expensive for you as well!
Reuse: Those plastic bags that we carry our items in at the grocery store seem harmless, but they actually clog up the Earth’s oceans and destroy our marine wildlife. Try carrying a canvas bag instead, they are stronger and sturdier than plastic anyway! Drinking from a multi-use water bottle rather than buying plastic ones is not only eco-friendly, but cheaper as well.
Recycle: If you must use plastic containers, bags, or bottles, make sure you recycle them after use. Most towns have the option for residents to separate their waste into several categories, including paper, plastic, and glass. You can even try composting your natural food items, a process which decomposes the waste and turns it into a natural pesticide for soil.
Wiping away our ecological footprint
Not littering the earth with garbage is also a way that we can protect our planet. At COMBAT WIPES™, we cherish our beautiful earth so much that we developed a wipe that can be safely disposed of in nature! Our technology allows the discarded wipe to disintegrate back into the earth within three months of disposal. If you are trying to be more environmentally conscious, yet need to tend to your outdoor hygiene needs, COMBAT WIPES™ are a perfect solution for you.
You don’t need to be labeled as an environmentalist to make a difference. Each individual step contributes to a collective march forward in the effort to save the planet.