One way we can have a big impact on the planet outside of ourselves is advocating for changes. A lot of environmental activists make an effort to sit down once a month and write letters to companies and senators asking for change to benefit the planet! I want to get into this habit but starting out can be overwhelming because if you've never done it before you might not know what to say.
I decided to start by writing a letter to a business because that seemed easier to me and a nicer way to ease into this. I have a monthly vitamin subscription that I buy because it really cleared up my skin. But I hate how every month they mail me a brand new plastic bottle. I decided to write to them asking them to consider sending vitamin refills in biodegradable pouches instead. This way I could keep my initial vitamin bottle and refill it each month to save on plastic waste. This is what I wrote.
I am a long-time user and lover of you products! I would love to see you incorporate some more eco-friendly practices such as mailing vitamin refills in biodegradable pouches and not sending new plastic bottles each month.
I kept it super short and simple and also made sure to start off the letter by introducing myself as a customer and complimenting their product too.
While this is a small action, if we all take it bigger changes can be made. Companies need to hear what their consumers want to see. Additionally, if you choose to leave a company in favor of one who exhibits better environmental practices - tell them! Don't leave silently. Otherwise company's won't know that there's a demand for change.
None of this is specific to the environment either, do this for any company who doesn't align with your values and let them know about it.
Have you ever written letters to company's before? What did you say?
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