Project 1 Order = 1 Meal shows that there is a different way possible and that each and every action we accomplish can lead to different consequences according to choices we make.
So for example, if you choose to buy one of Apache Pine’s 100% sustainable, handmade and unique products, you will also provide a meal for an Indian orphan. If you want to know more about the program, you can find more info here.
The same way, there are so many other small daily actions that can make a difference when it comes to helping others or protecting our Planet.
So here are some tips on how to make a difference during your daily life when it comes to everyday objects, outdoor activities, local initiatives and the stuff you buy.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, exactly in this order. The first thing to do is to reduce your consumptions and purchases: always question the real need of what you are about to buy, and choose products that last longer when it comes to materials. Also, opt for items that were produced in a sustainable way and that can be fully recycled once you really can’t use them anymore. Try to reuse anything you buy: with a bit of creativity, there’s always a second use that you can imagine for every object on this planet. When you really can’t use it anymore, then recycle it. Dismantle it if necessary, clean it and try to dispose of all parts properly.
We are used to throwing away broken objects, old clothes and any other item that doesn’t work properly anymore, just because we are too lazy or too busy to fix it. So we get a new one. That’s extremely polluting. Repair what doesn’t work properly anymore and do it until you really can’t use it anymore. If you don’t know how to do it, ask people, or look for tutorials on the internet. There are also many programs that can help you to fix your outdoor gear, for example.
Of course, there are objects you need every day, multiple times a day and you better have them always available. However, there are lots of objects that you can share with your neighbors or your local community, so each one of you won’t have to buy one. Examples can be barbecues, printers, gardening machinery and tools, chairs and whichever other object you can think of that you don’t need every day. This is a principle of the sharing economy and it’s a perfect way to save money, help others with what they need and reduce your consumptions. Same thing goes for cooperation: if you choose to collaborate actively with your neighborhood, you’ll be able to help others and help yourself too in all sorts of activities.
When you really don’t see the point of having an object anymore, don’t throw it away, especially if it’s still perfectly functioning, or if it needs just a little repair. Donate it to someone who really needs it, or to thrift organizations and shops. You can even sell it for a small price, if you think that’s the case. The important thing is: don’t throw it away.
That’s actually the first thing to do when it comes to helping others and protecting Earth. To pay attention means to identify opportunity. Let’s make some examples: when you throw something away, keep in mind it could become a trap for wild animals, such as birds, fishes and turtles, so always make sure to cut garbage items so they won’t harm any living being. Turn off your power strips, and all electronic devices when you are not using them. Don’t leave transformers plugged in. Don’t leave electronics in standby mode.
Be the change you want to see
If you want the world to be a better place, than you must be the change you want to see in the world. Even if in your neighborhood no one cares about helping others or keeping Earth clean, initiate positive actions. Start a litter pick-up day, organize clean-up days at the park, or at some nearby nature spot, like a river, a lake or a beach. Organize exploration days, so that people can discover nature and get closer to it. Organize charity events so that people will also get closer to their local communities or get to know about human and social conditions they didn’t know of.