It’s been a while since I last wrote about how to be an eco-friendly human so let’s jump back in, shall we?

(Heads up that I will rant for a bit because I was upset when I was writing this.)

As I look around and see youngsters pretend they are angry at their presidents for not doing more for the environment, I want to talk about how environmentally-friendly I am. I wrote about why I am upset at people who blame capitalism for climate changes here, but today I want to take a nicer approach (well, in my eyes I am nicer but you may disagree).

I want to tell you about 5 things I am doing every day to be an eco-friendly human without blaming others. If you know anything about me, you know how passionate I am about people taking responsibility for their actions before pointing fingers at the government or certain industries.

It’s just logical to me that unless we stop paying for oil and coal and gas and meat, nothing will change. And what I am doing is that I am spending money on companies I support.

I am not zero-waste and I am not against private jets, I am just your average human who uses logic and realizes that the problem isn’t CEOs who fly privately and fund presidential candidates who don’t believe in climate change.

The problem is that the majority of people who blame others, are doing nothing themselves. They are materialists, they support animal agriculture which is one of the biggest causes of climate change, they are against companies such as Tesla simply because it’s a big bad corporation even though their cars are a fucking gift to humanity and of course, they buy Starbucks every day and don’t even have a fucking reusable water bottle.

Also, I’m sorry for again defending Tesla. It seems as I cannot stop talking about them whenever I write about climate changes and what we can do to be environmentally-friendly. One day I will maybe write about why this company means so much to me. Maybe.

Let’s continue.

And that little girl Greta or whatever her name is, I don’t care what illness she has, I disagree that people should be afraid and panic. 12 years ago they said we will be burning, too, yet here we are. I think that she should shout at her fellow so-called activists who are not doing shit for the environment. I think she should shout at those who spend money at the same companies they are pointing fingers at.

So, if you are a socialist pussy and you think I am wrong for blaming you and millions of other people for being stupid, illogical and just plain wrong, do you, I guess. I lost faith in the future of humanity due to social justice warriors a long time ago, so I’ll be fine.

But if you do know what I mean when I defend capitalism and large corporations, then please continue reading as I will share with you 5 things I am doing on a daily basis to be the change I wish to see in the world.

Here are 5 things I do every day to be an eco-friendly human:

  • I use a reusable water bottle made from glass. It’s pretty and green as you can see here, but it’s also eco-friendly as I don’t have to buy plastic bottles with water at the store if I am thirsty. I just reach for it in my bag and I am done. It is literally the easiest thing one can do for the environment.
  • I shop mainly second-hand. I am not a big fan of thrift stores as I can never find anything that I like, especially when it comes to pants, but I try to buy sweaters and shirts from there when I feel like going shopping. I do buy at New Yorker sometimes and I never buy second-hand shoes or underwear, but as I don’t shop much I am not concerned with that part of my lifestyle. If you want to find out why I gave thrift stores a shot please make sure to read this post.
  • I use cotton bags for shopping. I already wrote about them here so read it to find out why they are one of the best investments I have made when starting to become more eco-friendly.
  • I use a bamboo toothbrush. It’s a bit of a challenge to use it at the beginning but it’s good for your teeth and eventually, you get used of it. It is biodegradable and eco-friendly and that is all that matters.
  • I am a minimalist. I don’t shop much because I am not interested in having a lot of things. I value a minimalist wardrobe – also, I have little fashion sense and am not stylish in any way – and I don’t wear any jewellery.

I am not perfect as that is unattainable. I am making progress, though. I don’t know where I will end up but I know that I am conscious of what I buy and who I buy it from.

I could do more but I could also do less sometimes. What is more or less, though? The point is, I know why I am an environmentalist and why this matters to me. I know what I believe in and I know what my values are.

That’s why I am realistic about the future of climate change and humanity. I don’t fear extinction as that is what we deserve – sadly others will have to pay for our sins, though. I am realistic enough to know that as humans we will always be selfish and will expect others to change their life so that we don’t have to.

So I guess I understand if you are one of those people I described at the beginning of this post. No one wants to change but everyone wants a better world. I am not a saint; I just take responsibility for my sins and my wins. I am honest about what I am doing right and what I am doing wrong.

That’s why I am angry at those who aren’t honest. That’s why I am hurt by humanity as a whole. Because we, the citizens, are capable of changing the world for better yet it seems as we have forgotten that we have this power in our hands.

Let me know what you think in the comments below. I would love to hear your take on what I wrote and also, what are 5 things you are doing on a daily basis to be an eco-friendly human?

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Tanja