Today, February 27th, is International Polar Bear Day, a day established by the non-profit organization Polar Bears International. They introduced this day to raise awareness and elicit action to help save the sea ice and with that, polar bears.

In general, this seems like an excellent day to take a look at all the small and big things we can do for this planet and future generations.

You don’t have to go vegan and compost your way through life to contribute. There are a thousand little things you can do and refrain from doing on a daily basis to do your bit for the planet. So many people feel they should not do anything because they cannot do everything. It’s important to not get overwhelmed. When it comes to environmental issues: it is better to inconsistently do the helpful thing, than consistently do the harmful thing.

What You Can Do

  • Green energy - find information about green energy suppliers in your area. If you have the possibility, you might want to invest in solar panels. These can even save you money in the long run.
  • Recycling - separating your plastics is the easiest way to recycle. Simply add another bin next to your regular one and find out where to deposit it in your area. Plastic too easy? You can move on to glass and compost next. If you want to go big, you can have systems installed that recycle your water so you don’t flush and water the lawn with perfectly clean drinking water.
  • Drive cleaner - electric cars are more and more accessible though it will be a while before they are affordable for everyone. Find out what options for ride-sharing there are where you live. Or perhaps take the train every now and then.

What You Can Refrain from Doing

  • Wasting food - food waste is one of the most prevalent environmental problems in developed countries. Don’t buy more than you can eat, freeze for later and start buying imperfect fruits and veg.
  • Wasting paper - 50% of waste from offices is paper. The paperless office has become more and more popular and for good reason. Read more about how you can start eliminating paper from your work environment here. One hint: introduce electronic signatures. SignRequest can help you drastically reduce the use of paper.