Reduce The Footprint

Part I.


It seems that there are more people trying to save the planet each and every day. By choosing to reduce, reuse, recycle, and refuse, millions are joining a low waste movement that we hope will be everyone’s standard of living before decade’s end.

Have you wondered what you can do to create a clean future? We have. So, we took to Instagram to ask a handful of young professionals and climate activists how to go greener in 2020. Here’s what they had to say, and where you find them if you want to learn more.


 

When it comes to food:

1. Prevent Food Waste:

Be prepared and eat it all. “Worldwide,we waste 30% of food,” says Monica Rosquillas (@monicarosquillas om Instagram), which concurs with a report posted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Cut it out! “You can prevent food waste at home by eating leftovers, making meal plans, shopping with a list, and only buying what you'll eat,” she says. Eating out? “If you have your own cup/mug/utensil set, make it something that stays in your bag when you’re going out, just like it’s a habit to grab your keys and phone,” says Remy Morimoto Park (@veggiekins). When dining out, remember how much you can eat. “Portion sizes are huge. By bringing a Tupperware from home, you can keep your leftovers without the wasteful styrofoam,” says Manuela Barón (@thegirlgonegreen).                                                                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

“If you have your own cup/mug/utensil set, make it something that stays in your bag when you’re going out, just like it’s a habit to grab your keys and phone.”

 

  - Remy Morimoto Park

2. Compost:

CBS News reports that the average American wastes approximately one pound of food a day. Minna Lee (@livingminnaly) told us a similar figure. “The average person throws away 290lb of food per year,” she says. When those portions reach their final destinations (read: landfills), those 290-365 lbs of food rot, and release methane. “Methane is a strong greenhouse gas, which is 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide,” Minna continues before spelling it out.“AKA, [throwing away food] adds to our carbon footprint.” Her solution - compost! “In case your city doesn’t provide a bin for you, just search online for the closest drop off location,” says Natasha Halesworth, founder of The Consistency a Project (@theconsistencyproject). It’s something that anyone can do, anywhere. “Even if it’s in your own freezer,” says Remy, a holistic nutritionist in NYC. “You’ll find yourself garbage cans are odor free,” she adds. Win/Win.

3. Eat More Plants, Less Meat:

“By reducing our meat consumption and eating more plant based meals we can reduce our footprint* and eat healthier. Even replacing 1 meal a day with a plant based alternative has a huge impact,” says Monica, a vegan.

 

 

Words by: James Francis Kelley

Photos: Paul Huf / Monica Rosquillas / Remy Park