Every day we have an impact on the environment. We live in homes, walk on sidewalks and work in offices that disrupt the water cycle with impervious surfaces. We eat food that was grown and transported miles to our plates. We put on clothes that used natural resources for their manufacture. We drive cars that spew carbon pollution into the atmosphere, and we throw away lots of things we neither wanted nor needed that clog landfills.
While reducing our environmental footprint can seem daunting, each of these ways we impact the world is an opportunity to make a change. Adjusting the choices we make in the course of our everyday lives equals tangible change to reduce humans’ harmful impacts on the world, and it starts with choices as small as which aisle we walk down at the grocery store. Here are a few ways you can change how you shop and live that can reduce your environmental impact.