Sure, it's easy to point our fingers at coal, oil, and energy companies for the absolute shit show that our environment is in right now (19 of the top 20 biggest polluters fall into those three categories) and those fingers would be rightly pointed.
And sure, it's also easy to just throw our collective hands in the air and say "why does my impact even matter, when those companies emit more pollution in an hour than I do in a single year?"
And you know what? You're not wrong in feeling that way.
However, when I start feeling like that, that this is a problem that's so much bigger than myself and this business we're trying to get off the ground, I'm reminded by the quote from Howard Zinn when he famously said "Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”
And I truly believe that.
Whether it's how we vote, where we spend our money and the businesses that we support, or the small changes we make in our lives that, in aggregate, can make a huge difference in real change when it comes to living in a sustainable world. We can make a difference.
First and foremost, we must recognize that our individual actions do matter. We are not helpless in the face of environmental problems, and our choices can make a difference. By adopting sustainable practices, we can reduce our carbon footprint, minimize waste, and make a positive impact on the planet.
So, how can we be more sustainable? Here are three simple yet powerful ways to reduce waste and help tip the scales against the biggest of polluters:
Use reusable items: One of the easiest ways to reduce waste is by using reusable items instead of disposable ones. Bring your own reusable bags to the grocery store, use a refillable water bottle instead of buying bottled water, and invest in a set of reusable utensils to take with you on the go. These small changes can make a big impact on the amount of waste you generate.
Compost: Another way to reduce waste is by composting. Instead of throwing food scraps and yard waste in the trash, you can turn them into nutrient-rich soil for your garden. Composting also helps divert waste from landfills, reducing methane emissions and minimizing your carbon footprint.
Shop consciously: It's important to be conscious of the products we buy and their impact on the planet. Choose products that are made from sustainable materials, such as bamboo or recycled plastic, and look for items with minimal packaging. When possible, support companies that prioritize sustainability and ethical practices.
We at PILLLAR are not delusional. We know that the positive impacts we're making is just a fraction of a rounding error of the negative impact that those aforementioned companies make on a daily basis, but we also know that we'll continue to do our part to make positive changes on the environment and hope that in the process of doing so, we can inspire other people to take action as well.