Tutorials— ow, I bit my tongue! Hello, welcome back to my channel! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Kalyn, and I really like to talk about pets. But I also really love the enviornment and that’s where this video comes from today. Countries are on fire, cities are flooding, and we are killing our home. I always get told that what we do doesn’t matter, because it’s the “top 100 comanpies’ doings.” But imagine if we all did something. Imagine if we all re-used everything we could, imagine if we stopped buying things we didn’t need, imagine if we all just… cared. Now one person isn’t going to change the world alone. Not me, not you, not anybody. But that’s not an excuse to do nothing. Because we do need to make a change, and we need everybody in on it. #1: Tab for a Cause and Ecosia. Tab for a Cause is my favourite thing in the entire world. In fact, I can’t really shut up about it, it’s just that great. Basically, when you open a new tab, you see some non-intrusive ads and they generate revenue. You get a heart every time you open up a new tab, and that is basically the currency in Tab for a Cause. Now what’s cool about this is YOU can choose where your revenue goes. It can go to several different charities that tab for a cause works with. Right now you can also donate to the Australian Bushfires, which is obviously a pretty big concern on mine considering I love the biodiversity of Australia, and I also have a fiancé that’s Australian, so.. Ecosia is another way to help. This is a search engine that plants trees when you search. And as a bonus, its servers are run on solar panels. The link to download both of these will be in the description below, as well as any sources I use throughout the video. While you’re down there, please don’t forget to hit the subscribe button to help me reach my subscriber goals, and also hit the like button to tell me that you enjoy this video. #2: Thrift first, buy second, and wear your clothes for as long as possible. If you need something, check thrift stores before you go and buy it first hand. From furniture to super cute clothes, and it’s all very budget friendly so you’ll actually save money. The fashion industry creates a lot of waste, especially with everybody loving fast fashion trends that die out really quickly. Which means you’re buying a lot of clothes, you’re wearing them for maybe a season or two, and then you’re throwing them out, or donating them, or not wearing them. #3: Reduce, reuse BEFORE you recycle. Recycling isn’t all that it’s made out to be. In fact, a lot of things in your recycling bin don’t even get recycled. Reducing what we can, buying unpackaged products whenever possible, is really your best bet. Doing this also reduces the water waste and pollution caused by creating those packages in the first place. #4: If you need to buy, buy big. Packaging containers create a big chunk of what’s in the landfill. If you can’t avoid buying things that come in a package, try buying the bigger versions. One big package creates less waste than multiple small packages. And it also tends to be cheaper in the long run. #5: Buy local whenever possible, and eat fewer animal products. Buying local not only helps your local economy, but it also reduces your carbon footprint because the food needs to travel less to get to you. But even more importantly, reducing the amount of animal products you eat is a big factor in your carbon footprint. The food we grow just to feed livestock takes up a lot of resources, as does the land we need to clear to raise these animals. In fact, 41 million tons of plant protein goes into making just 7 million tons of animal protein. If you can’t cut animal products out of your diet completely, reducing it is your next best bet. It’s also healthier and, if you choose lentils, or beans, or tofu over your meat next time, you’ll also probably save some money. #6: Reusable bags and produce bags. Reusable bags are great, but a lot of people forget them when they’re going to the store, and that’s fine I was in that boat for a long time. I find it super easy to just keep one in my purse. I keep this one rolled up and it’s there whenever I go to a store, even if I don’t think I’m going to buy anything when I go there. You can keep one in your car, you can keep one in your backpack. Just have it ready so you won’t forget to bring it with you. I also use produce bags. So I got this in Australia. You know those flimsy plastic bags that you put apples and onions and stuff in at the grocery store? I use these instead. Basically they’re just little bags, and you put it in, and whoooop. These aren’t very popular for some reason, I don’t know why because they’re great. If you’re in Australia I really recommend these. This is the ONYA brand. But I recently saw some reusable produce bags being sold at my local grocery store which made me very happy so hopefully they’ll become more mainstream in the future. #7: Travel responsibly. So this one’s pretty self-explanatory. It’s one of the most popular ways to reduce your carbon footprint, and for most people it’s super easy. If you can, walk. Bike. Use public transportation or carpool. And if you do need to drive, because let’s be honest, in some places the public transportation is a total joke, then follow the speed limit. Not only will it save you money in tickets, but it also uses significantly more fuel to go fast. #8: Only buy enough for you to eat, and compost what you can’t. Contact your city or town to see if they have a composting program. If not, you can petition for one to start, or you can start your own in your backyard. There are tons and tons of tutorials— —ow, I bit my tongue— There are tons and tons of tutorials here on YouTube that you can follow to build your own. #9: Try to buy from companies with eco-friendly policies. This one might be out of reach for some people because it might be a bit more expensive, but if you can, do it. #10: Buy less. Sometimes we buy things just to be happy or to show off what we can afford. If you don’t absolutely need it, maybe wait and see if you can be happy without it. #11: Be political, and use your vote. Stay informed about what’s happening in the world and what you can do about it. Familiarize yourself with your country’s environmental policies and, if you’re old enough to vote, vote for the people who actually care and will hold problematic companies accountable. And, last but not least, if you have pets, which if you’re on this channel I’m assuming you do, you can also check out my video on how to care for your pets while being low waste. I’m planning on doing a part 2 super soon, so if you haven’t watched that video please do and hopefully we can reduce both our carbon footprint, and our pet’s carbon paw-print. (laughs) Thank you so much for watching. Please hit the subscribe button and like button if you enjoyed this video. I’ll see you next week. Byeeeee!