One snowflake cannot make a difference. Yet, billions of them are a blizzard. That same concept should be applied to little things you can do to help the environment.

If everybody were to make small lifestyle changes, then together those small changes would equal a huge shift. Then we may see some real changes in the health of the environment while not feeling much of a sacrifice to happen.

To find out what you can do to make a difference, think about making these small changes in your life.

1 - Drive less or use electric

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We are so used to driving our cars everywhere that we rarely think about times when we could do without them. By simply cutting down on your driving time, you can make a huge difference.

Instead of driving to the bank or post office, ride your bike. You may need your car to do things like grocery shopping, but you don’t need to do all of your errands by car.

You should also carpool to work to cut down on the amount of cars on the road.

If you are in the market for a new car, then consider getting an electric. They have far less of an environmental footprint than combustion engines. There are usually tax breaks for buying electric and companies like Elcon Electric can outfit your house with a charging station.

2 - Change your diet


High consumption of red meat, particularly beef has our rainforests being demolished at record pace. Then there are methane emissions from all of those cows that contributes to greenhouse gases that are warming the planet.

By eating less meat, we can slow that trend and give the rainforest a break. The result is that you’ll be eating healthier and more balanced diet without being on a diet.

3 - Telecommute

This ties in to using the car less. If you can find a way to convince your boss to let you work from home one or two days per week, then this will reduce your carbon footprint dramatically.

As a result, you will also save money on gas, wear and tear on your car and can spend less money on clothes for the office.

4 - Buy in bulk

One of the biggest fillers in our landfills is packaging. By reducing how much packaging we throw away, the landfills will shrink.

When you buy things in bulk, there is much less packaging. Make a point to shop in stores that offer food in bulk. You can often buy nuts, grains, cereals, coffee and many other foods in the bulk section and use a reusable or biodegradable bag to carry it home.

There are even household cleaners available in bulk. Reuse your old laundry detergent bottle to fill up from a spout at the store instead of always buying a new bottle.

5 - Stop drinking bottled water

Most tap water is perfectly fine to drink. It’s the packaging of bottled water that almost always draws us in.

Instead, use a stainless steel sports bottle and fill it up at your tap. You can use a filter to be sure the water is free from chlorine and other chemicals.