May 24, 2019 04:54PM
● By Stephanie Wilson
If you haven’t yet watched Our Planet on Netflix, put down the magazine, find a big HD screen somewhere, log in, sit back, and let yourself get lost in the beauty of nature, in the cadence of narrator David Attenborough’s voice. Appreciate it. And then witness what humans are doing to it. You’re gonna feel some fear that’s good. Maybe even get angry even better. Anger begets action, action is necessary.
Without action, scientists warn that global temperatures could reach an irreversible tipping point in just 12 years, according to a report released last fall. So 11.5 years and counting. And then what happens, you ask? You still haven’t watched Our Planet, have you? Go. Watch. It.
It’s “an ambitious documentary of spectacular scope” that’s according to Netflix and pretty much everyone else who’s seen it that examines how climate change impacts all living creatures. It shows us remote places and habitats as they were, as they are, and as they will be if there’s not systemic action by governments, corporations, and individuals you, me, we to stop global warming.
Colorado the state is the 21st greenest state in the US, according to a 2018 WalletHub report that compared each state on 27 metrics, from LEED certified buildings per capita and share of energy consumption from renewable resources to air quality, daily water consumption, and average commute times. (Highest Water Quality and LEED certified buildings per capita earned Colorado its best rankings.)
Coloradans the people are green as hell. I don’t have research data to back that up but all one has to do to see the eco-conscious mindset of the people who live here is take a walk in the hills on any given Saturday. We love the outdoors, we want to protect it. We make conscious decisions to do so. We’re pretty awesome.
And we can all do more. It may not seem like it will make a difference if you bring your own cup to the coffee shop instead of having the barista pour your daily caffeine fix into recyclable cardboard, but every small change adds up to a whole lot. You’re probably thinking, tell me something I don’t know.
Ok. Did you know plogging is a thing? It’s a thing a fun thing, not a the world is ending but keep paying your student loans until it actually-does kind of thing. You’ve made it through the super downer part of this piece thanks for sticking with me. There’s a joke here about how anyone who insists on keeping their head stuck in the proverbial sand won’t notice that the rising sea levels are about to put that sand under water, but I promised it was time for the fun part. So let’s get to that.
We spent the winter and snowy spring living the hygge life or at least trying to. The Scandinavian art of coziness is all about taking pleasure in the presence of gentle, soothing things. Like slipping off your ski boots and sliding into furry, warm slippers, wrapping yourself in a thick, cream colored knit blanket, and drinking spiked hot chocolate by the fire in a room decorated in soothing neutral hues.
That was then; this is now. And now there is a new Scandinavian trend in town we all can get behind: plogging. No, it’s not a sexual innuendo. The word is a combo of the Swedish phrase plocka upp (translation: pick up) and jogging. As is the activity it describes: picking up litter while jogging. A simple act that’s good for you, good for the planet. And thanks to the efforts of the nonprofit org Keep America Beautiful, it’s turning into a movement.
Getting into this trend couldn’t be easier, just take a bag out on your jog, walk, hike or trail run, and fill it up with trash you pick up along your route and all along the Front Range, we’ve got some of the planet’s most gorgeous routes to help beautify.
Log and track your green fitness journey on the Lifesum fitness app using the plogging workout setting. Burn bonus calories by doing a proper squat to pick up every piece of litter. Your ass will thank you. The planet will thank you. We all will thank you.
Fast fashion isn’t just not eco-friendly, it’s an ecological disaster. It’s called fast fashion for two reasons: a new design hits the runway and mass-market retailers move fast to produce cheap knockoffs that hit the stores while the style is trending. A consumer often will only wear an item a few times before tossing it and buying something new. Fast fashion ends up in the trash fast. Wash, rinse, repeat.
It’s taking a toll on our terrestrial home. According to research published by O Magazine, the clothing industry is one of the biggest global polluters, producing 20 percent of all wastewater and 10 percent of carbon emissions. In the last two decades, global production has more than doubled thanks to the rise of fast fashion, as consumers buy more clothes and keep them less. When something is easy to acquire, it’s easy to discard.
That’s not sustainable on so many levels, but it’s also tough for already-cash-strapped millennials and gen Zs to afford the basics like avocado toast. Forget about anything that could be called an “investment piece” just not one with financial returns. A sustainably produced designer dress is gonna be pricier, sure, but making sustainable choices as a consumer will help ensure the planet is still sustaining life when it’s time for you to retire.
Good news: brands like H&M are leading a global charge toward sustainable fashion. Fifty-seven percent of all materials H&M Group uses to make its products are created using recycled or other sustainably sourced fibers. The company’s vision to use 100 percent sustainable cotton by 2020 is almost realized, and the group is well on its way to its goal of complete sustainability by 2030. So you don’t have to feel like an eco-terrorist for buying its affordable fashions. Just ask yourself before purchasing any item here or at any store: will I get 30 wears out of this? If not, put it back fast.