2 Ways To Save The Planet That People Are Afraid To Do
Start writing a post

2 Ways To Save The Planet That People Are Afraid To Do

You just don't want to admit that these are contributors to the environmental crisis. Wake up.

2 Ways To Save The Planet That People Are Afraid To Do

Climate change is real. Pollution and waste are everywhere; even the uninhabited, largely unvisited beaches have plastic waste.

Globally, we use about one million plastic bottles per minute. 91% of all plastic is not recycled.

Sometimes it can be hard to recycle, and sometimes you just have to use a plastic bottle. While I encourage everyone to be more conscious of their plastic use and generally make more eco-conscious choices in simple, every day ways (like a reusable bottle or bringing your own shopping bags), there are two larger contributors that you can work to minimize your impact upon, even if you may not want to. But, reducing your contribution to these two industries can reduce your personal pollution contribution to the planet.

What are they?

Fast fashion and the animal industry hurt the planet. A lot.

Fast fashion consists of the brands, stores and companies that sell trendy, low-cost clothes and have new styles coming out every week. These are often companies that use offshore manufacturing with cheap labor with poor work conditions.

You may be thinking, well, if it's cheap and cute, what's the big deal? How does that impact the planet?

The fashion industry is one of the highest polluting industries in the world. In fact, it's the second highest polluting industry, only falling short in comparison to oil.

How the heck did that happen?

85% of the textiles we buy wind up in the landfill every year.

We throw out about 150 pounds (70 kilograms) of textile every year.

Fast fashion supplies us with affordable and trendy, but poorly made, clothes that either go out of style or fall apart within a few washes or wears. We either throw them away or donate them to thrift shops like Goodwill, that receive so many clothes and actually end up throwing away what they can't fit on the racks, so even things you donate end up being thrown in the exact same landfill you were trying to keep your clothes out of.

Clothes made from synthetic materials like nylon, polyester, and acrylic can take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade.

By cutting out brands like Forever 21, H&M, Charlotte Russe, Boohoo, etc., you're keeping clothes out of the landfill. Those clothes would otherwise take longer than your lifetime, your kids' lifetimes, your grandkids' lifetimes, and your great grandkids' lifetimes to biodegrade. Probably even double all of those lifetimes. That's way too long for a garment you wore only two or three times.

To help remedy your need for clothes, try thrift shops, consignment stores, or buy clothes made from recycled materials.

How does the animal industry hurt the planet?

"Livestock farming contributes 18% of human produced greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. This is more than all emissions from ships, planes, trucks, cars and all other transport put together."

See also: 5 Ways The Meat On Your Plate Is Killing The Planet

It also takes about 2,000 gallons of water to produce just one pound of beef.

30% of the land on the planet is used for livestock farming.

Farming animals not only hurts animals, it hurts the planet significantly.

Eating vegan, vegetarian, or just cutting back on your animal product intake can help.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

2026: the year the Fifa World Cup Returns to North America

For the first time since 1994 the United States will host a world cup (for men's soccer)

2026: the year the Fifa World Cup Returns to North America
Skylar Meyers

The FIFA World Cup is coming to North American in 2026!

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

An Open Letter to Winter

Before we know it April will arrive.


Dear Winter,

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

6 Questions To Ask Yourself When Cleaning Up Your Room

This holiday break is the perfect time to get away from the materialistic frenzy of the world and turn your room into a decluttered sanctuary.


Cleaning isn’t just for spring. In fact, I find school’s holiday break to be a very effective time for decluttering. You’re already being bombarded by the materialistically-infatuated frenzy of society’s version of Christmas, Hanukah, etc. It’s nice to get out of the claustrophobic avarice of the world and come home to a clean, fresh, and tidy room. While stacking up old books, CDs, and shoes may seem like no big deal, it can become a dangerous habit. The longer you hang onto something, whether it be for sentimental value or simply routine, it becomes much harder to let go of. Starting the process of decluttering can be the hardest part. To make it a little easier, get out three boxes and label them Donate, Storage, and Trash. I'm in the middle of the process right now, and while it is quite time consuming, it is also so relieving and calming to see how much you don't have to deal with anymore. Use these six questions below to help decide where an item gets sorted or if it obtains the value to stay out in your precious sanctuary from the world.

Keep Reading... Show less

Why I Don't Write (Or Read) An "Open Letter To My Future Husband/Wife"

Because inflated expectations and having marriage as your only goal are overrated.

Urban Intellectuals

Although I have since changed my major I remember the feverish hysteria of applying to nursing school--refreshing your email repeatedly, asking friends, and frantically calculating your GPA at ungodly hours of the night. When my acceptance came in I announced the news to friends and family with all the candor of your average collegiate. I was met with well wishes, congratulations, and interrogations on the program's rank, size, etc. Then, unexpectedly, I was met with something else.

Keep Reading... Show less
Content Inspiration

Top 3 Response Articles of This Week

Meet the creators making their voices heard on Odyssey.

Top 3 Response Articles of This Week
Why I Write On Odyssey

At Odyssey, we're on a mission to encourage constructive discourse on the Internet. That's why we created the response button you can find at the bottom of every article.

Last week, our response writers sparked some great conversations right here on our homepage. Here are the top three response articles:

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments