With the new year fast approaching (can you believe we are in October already!), people will be thinking what their new years resolution will be, but why wait until January to do something worthwhile. Here are nine things you can do this winter which will make the world just a little bit better.
1. Do a reverse advent calender, any month of the year! The idea of a reverse advent calender is that once a day for a month you fill a box or bag with one item you have in your household that you have no use for. Be it (in date!) food, used clothing, books, magazines or even homeware goods, pop it in the box and at the end of the month take your stash to different places who could benefit from them. This could be a local hospital, local school, children’s home, charity shop… the options are endless).
2. Go to your local beach and collect any litter you can find on the beach and in the water along the shore
If possible, recycle the items you collect. Litter pollution in our seas is a huge problem – there are around 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the seas and oceans (!!!). Even though fall/winter isn’t a prime time for people to visit the beaches I guarantee you will still find discarded cigarette butts, plastic wrappers and cans at any beach you visit.
Take an afternoon to your nearest beach and see what you can find and remove from the shores. Although it might not seem like you’re doing enough to help on a larger scale, if everyone did this every so often we could prevent the plastic debris building up even more. This reduces injuries and deaths of the wildlife and reduces pollution of our waters. We only have one earth and now is the time to start taking care of it.
3. Invest in a recyclable toothbrush.
Plastic, as I mentioned before, is a huge portion of our waste pollution on earth. In the US, over a billion toothbrushes are discarded and left in landfills every year. Toothbrushes, like all