The Easiest and Fastest Way to Solve The Planet’s Biggest Problems: Here’s How
BY MEGHAN MCDONALD
despite the size of some of the environmental problems we face, you can absolutely make a massive, positive difference.
If there’s one thing that pretty much everyone can agree on, it’s that our planet is in trouble. Now more than ever we face huge environmental problems such as species extinction, rampant deforestation, melting glaciers, trash-filled oceans, the collapse of coral reefs, ocean acidification, all while soil fertility and fish populations plummet. Quite frankly, at times it can be overwhelming and disheartening. So many of us desire change on a deep level but don’t know where to start to tackle these huge problems, or feel that our individual actions don’t make a significant difference on a global scale.
The Solution to the World’s Biggest Problems
But despite these sentiments, the truth is that you can have an absolutely massive impact in solving the world’s biggest problems. And even better yet, innovations in all industries are making it so that you don’t have to give up the things you love or even make major changes in your day-to-day life. In fact, the most powerful, impactful and effective thing you can do to save the world is quite simple.
Here’s How it Works: By some estimates up to 90% of pollution and environmental destruction worldwide is caused by business and industry. That’s right! Even if everyone in the world changed their personal living habits and stopped creating waste and trash, it would only solve around 10% of the environmental problems we face.
The writing is clearly on the wall: we need to change the businesses that are creating the problems and then the problems will solve themselves.
So how exactly do we do that? Simple: By voting with our wallets.
Voting with your wallet means that, as much as possible, you only purchase products from companies that have a commitment to operating in harmony with nature, or a commitment to protecting the environment. Luckily, a Los Angeles-based startup called EcoActive is making it easy to find the companies that are creating the changes we wish to see in the world.
The only reason that the companies creating the problems exist is because we are buying what they are selling. If we stop buying the environment-destroying products they are selling, they cease to exist—or they change their practices to stop destroying the environment to meet the demand of conscious consumers—and the problem stops.
By buying products and services from companies that operate in harmony with the laws of nature, you are funding, and most importantly voting for, a new reality. With every purchase you make, you are helping these pioneers and earth-guardians to grow and expand, which gives them more power to protect the environment and overhaul the entire system. And it works: Entire industries are being transformed and old environmentally destructive businesses are losing market share and shutting their doors as we speak… but more change is needed.
Over your lifetime you will purchase tens of thousands of things—each one of these is a vote for your future and the planet’s future. One by one, people are waking up to this reality and are shifting their buying patterns to support personal and planetary health. Thousands and thousands of people are making the shift everyday and we are close to hitting a critical mass.
If we can impart one idea it’s this: You matter and you can have an impact. This is how the system can change, and you can start today.
The best part is that now, more than ever, there is an abundance of products and companies that operate at this level of consciousness. It is at the core of their mission to operate in complete harmony with the natural world. They are aware of the problems we face, just like we are, and have made a commitment to “do no harm” and do everything in their power to protect Mother Earth.
This makes it extremely easy to make the shift without having to sacrifice what you love. For example, you can buy personal care products like sunscreen, makeup and soaps that don’t contain dangerous chemicals that are bad for you and don’t pollute waterways after being washed down the drain. You can find organic clothing lines that only use pesticide-free cotton, which doesn’t contribute to the rampant disappearance of the bees. You can find 100% recyclable and compostable office supplies. You can find the best way to get solar panels on your house or how to set up a home garden even with minimal space. The list goes on and on.
For everything you use that is destructive to the environment, a sustainable, people- and planet-healthy alternative exists right now.
Where to Find All the Best Eco-Friendly, Healthy, Sustainable Products in One Place
If you haven’t already begun this process, hopefully you now feel empowered to make big changes in how you live. But the next hurdle people run into is: Where do I find all these sustainable, alternative products that don’t require a ton of work and effort?
If you don’t know exactly what to look for it can sometimes be hard to find the sustainable alternatives. So that’s why the brilliant folks over at EcoActive are creating one of the world’s largest, curated collections of eco-friendly, healthy, sustainable products all in one place—so voting with your wallet to change the world could be simple, easy and effortless like it should be.
Check out what they are up to: EcoActive
They’ve spent years learning about climate science, corporations, organic farming and foods, what makes one product healthy or efficient, and why some processes, ingredients, materials, and companies are not good. Then, they carefully curated the best of the best products from the most innovative, forward-thinking, eco-conscious companies on the planet compiling them all into one place, so you can find what you need to make the shift and start supporting only those businesses doing good for people and the planet.
Head over to EcoActive to explore their in-depth, innovative, earth-saving selection of products and services.
Once there, you will find six categories that are based on a new level of consciousness, one that encourages us to look at our purchases from a different perspective. Instead of mindless consumption, you are taking action to care for yourself, for others, for the Earth and for your home. You can click a category to see the subcategories expand, then click on a product or service that interests you. If you would like to purchase a product or learn more about it, click the ‘Act’ button to be taken to the websites of EcoActive’s partners where you can see other innovative products that are available.
Know of products you think should be on their website? Feel free to contact them and help them build out their database. This helps everyone have access to more clean, healthy products that directly support positive social and environmental change.
About The Authors
Meghan McDonald is the Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Conscious Lifestyle Magazine. She holds a master’s degree in social psychology from San Diego State University where she conducted award-winning research into the nature of human social behavior. She is an advocate for many environmental and social justice causes and a champion of social impact-focused brands and products that adhere to high sustainability and ethical standards. As a regular travel and lifestyle contributor to Conscious Lifestyle Magazine, Meghan funnels her extensive knowledge of natural products, organic living, and consumer behavior into researching and reviewing brands and products that promote health, wellbeing, sustainability, equality, and positive social change. She has traveled to over 25 countries and loves exploring diverse destinations worldwide while documenting the local artisans and businesses offering conscious, healthy alternatives.