5 Easy Ways To Support Environmental Change

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Everyone is aware of the many environmental issues that we face today. Most people are also aware of the many changes we can adopt into our daily routine to help out. However, cutting out plastics, starting a compost pile, and walking to work simply are not options for a majority of the population. And even if they are, most people would consider the changes more trouble than they are worth. There are simpler ways that you can do your part in the fight to save the planet that don’t involve huge sacrifices or changes. For example, altering your search engine to one that plants a tree for each search you make, or a clothing store that donates some of the proceeds to an environmental cause. Here are a few companies that can assist you in helping our planet.

4Ocean

4Ocean is a for-profit company founded by Alex Schulze and Andrew Cooper in 2017. Since the start of the company, they have pulled over 8 million pounds of trash from waters and beaches around the world in places such as: Bali, Haiti, and Florida. The company produces bracelets made from recycled materials and apparel that is made from environmentally and socially responsibly sourced materials. Their pledge is that for every bracelet – or item – bought, they will pull one pound of trash from the oceans. The bracelets come in several different colors with each color supporting a marine species, such as sharks, dolphins, jellyfish, and so on. And if buying a bracelet to remove trash is not enough incentive for you, the company also employs local artisans and fishermen to make the bracelets and pull the trash.

4ocean bracelet

Ecosia

Ecosia is an alternate search engine that plants a tree somewhere in the world for each search you make. It was founded in 2009, and just reached it’s 60 million trees planted mark in June of 2019. How it works is quite simple. You use the search engine like normal, and the advertisements on the engine generate income for Ecosia. They then use this income to plant trees in one of their 9,000 planting sites.

Pela

Pela is a company that makes biodegradable phone cases and zero-waste screen protectors. Founded by Jeremy Lang, the company has kept 140,594.72 pounds of plastic from being produced. Each case is ‘sponsoring’ a certain cause or charity which allows the consumer to specifically aid honeybees, koalas, turtles, whales, and many more. The cases come in a variety of colors, and protect your phone from damage should you drop it.

Turtle Pela phone cases

Sand Cloud

Sand Cloud is an online clothing store that gives 10% of profits to ocean charities. I will admit that it would be better if 100% could be donated, but the company has to make money somehow. There is a huge selection of products from beach towels, to sunglasses and jewelry, to clothes, to drink ware. Their clothes are made from recycled materials, their sunscreen is reef-safe, and their accessories are eco-friendly.

Seventh Generation

Seventh Generation is a company that produces eco-friendly everyday products like household cleaners, laundry products, dish washing soaps, personal care items, and skin care. Their packaging is made of recycled plastics and their products are all made of plant based formulas that won’t harm the environment as chemical pollution. Not only are all of their products good for the planet, but they are also much healthier for humans due to the lack of harsh chemicals like chlorine.

Supporting these companies and others like it can help in more extraordinary ways than you would expect. As said by Wendell Berry, “The Earth is what we all have in common.” The struggle to save our planet is everyone’s problem. People simply do not appreciate the level of seriousness that the situation has come to. The climate is rising, our oceans are polluted, and entire rain forests are decimated. We are exhausting the planet’s natural resources. An accurate way to sum it up would be, “We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the Earth as its other creatures do.” as explained by Barbara Ward. If every person does their small part everyday, there will be a huge change for the better.