- Buy organic products
Yes, some people told me “but it´s so expensive” and it is a bit more expensive. But I noticed if you buy more regional and seasonal the difference is not that big. If you buy organic strawberries in winter of course it´s really expensive. Besides that I think producing foods in a sustainable way that is way less harmful to nature has a cost and I am willing to pay for it. Then there is another aspect: our health. There are plenty of studies that show how conventional food is full of chemicals, pesticides etc. which are harmful on a long-term perspective. So at the same time you are investing in your health. Besides that I honestly have a really good feeling when I shop at organic stores. I feel that my money goes to good companies that treat their employees better, treat nature better and that produce high quality products.
- Buy more second hand
I my opinion it´s so important to not support companies such as H&M, Primark etc. I am not saying I never buy there but I really try to reduce it and I figured out that buying second hand is so much fun. It´s way cheaper, it´s sustainble and it´s more creative. In my student´s room for example everything is second hand except the curtains. And it was so much fun to explore flee markets. I try to buy things second hand as much as I can from clothes over furniture and books.
- Avoid waste
It´s the little things that are easy and still make an impact. I try to never buy plastic bottles. I once bought myself a really nice glass bottle, where I can put hot teas (I am a tea addict) and during summer water with lemons. I take it with me everywhere and just refill it when it´s empty. It also saves me some money. Then I always have linen bags with me so I don´t need plastic bags for my shoppings. I don´t buy paper towels for the kitchen and I use bamboo straws. Ordering drinks at bars or restaurant without straws could make a change as well.
- Change bank
Actually it is so important which bank to provide my money with. In Germany every conventional bank is involved in the arms industry and not just a little bit (it´s a huge business promising great revenues). And of course supporting a lot of harmful projects as well such as food speculation and nuclear power. I don´t want my money to support such things.
- Eat less animal products
I think eventually we know that eating meat, milk and eggs is causing a lot of environmental problems (and also unhealthy) not even talking about the ethical implications. By taking little steps such as eating meat only once a week, trying oat milk for cereals in the morning, or just trying out new vegan recipes we can make a huge impact!
Taking a bike, using public transport etc. of course is important but I didn’t even mention that because I thought everyone would know that as a first step already.