Eco-focused Waves

From around the world

Well, where to start, I have always tried to be careful with the resources of nature but I just started to get into the awareness videos of start the wave, I understood that if we do not take care of this change there will not be a tomorrow for the next generations since October I left the meat and I am in the process of becoming completely vegan, I love to recycle, I have adopted not to use the plastic in my life, sometimes I go for a walk to meditate and while I do I go picking up trash that I see in the streets, I really know It is not much what I do but if we all become aware of the benefit of doing these small actions to the earth, she will thank us and we will make this change that we want to see so much. #StartTheWave!
Mexico
Environment | Veganism
I pick up trash off of the streets of my community along with my fellow friends on my schools basketball team we do this at least 5 days a month during our basketball season to spread some love and pick up around our community and help out a bit.
Oak Grove, USA
Environment
I've been vegan for almost 4 years now, was vegetarian before and it was the best decision ever. Animals and environment truly mean the world to me. It is so important to understand that we have to start acting now to not ruin our planet more (as it is already ruined through human impacts). Since a young age I overthought much about how climate change is caused by human actions and what we could do. This said I also started reducing plastic and tried living "zero waste", easier said than done. I wished that companies would produce products using less or no plastic at all, due to the fact that there are so many alternatives. Walking through supermarkets and doing my groceries was awful, plastic was almost everywhere. So I searched for some zero waste shops locally and found one. However, I still think that "less waste" is also a step and I'm proud of every single person on the planet trying to do the best they can. Because once we were there where they started now. And when you're walking down the beach/street/through a forest, see some plastic or other materials which don't belong there, take your time and collect it until there is a bin to put it into...it helps. Though it may not be our waste, it is our earth! #startthewave Much love and to many more waves of change <3
Cologne, Germany
Environment | Zero Waste
I always thought I was an Animal Lover, but this year I realized I was merely a pet lover. I was getting angry at The Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China while eating a chicken burger. Then I understood I was being an Hypocrite. After watching Cowspiracy, Dominion, Earthlings & What The Health, I made the decision to become Vegan. I'm also raising awareness against Animal Cruelty. So 2019 is the year I turn Vegan. I believe Animal Agriculture & Climate Change walk hand in hand. So yes 2019 has been an amazing year where my eyes & heart are no longer close to the suffering of the sentient beings around me.
Australia
Environment | Veganism
Even before I knew Start the Wave I was trying to make a positive impact on our environment by using reusable bottles/ containers for my water and food. Nowadays I try to get as many groceries without plastic packaging as possible. Last summer I discovered Start the Wave and I watched a few documentaries (e.g. Cowspiracy and The Game Changers). This motivated me to switch from my vegetarian diet to a vegan diet. My next goal is to volunteer for cleanups and to go thrift shopping when I need new clothes. I hope that I can motivate the people around me to join me on this journey to save our planet.
Paderborn, Germany
Environment | Veganism
I've always had a strong connection to nature. It was my escape for so many things. I'd go hiking and get lost for hours with my pup and just fine so much happiness and beauty in it. When Start The Wave first came about I realized I wanted to give back and do more in protecting what I loved most. I started with small things like going to my favorite parks and hiking spots and picking up trash and then I switched over to reusable bottles and utensils. I also switched my shower products over to earth friendly alternatives as well as my everyday products. I knew I wanted to keep growing from there so I joined the path of becoming vegan. My diet was already almost there but I took the final steps I needed to take and now I'm 7 months in and it's been amazing, I learn something new everyday. This journey has been so eye opening and I'm thankful that Start The Wave is here to help guide people and to help us find more ways to grow and protect our planet. It's amazing to see everyone coming together. We are creating waves and we are in this together!
Davidson, USA
Environment | Sustainability
In 2018, my family became proud parents of the Storm Drain next do our home. We check it every Sunday and after any storm (rain or snow) to make sure it's clear of debris and trash. In the Twin Cities (Minnesota) you can sign-up to take part in the free program here: https://adopt-a-drain.org. But it's possible there are similar programs available across North America. A fun benefit of adopting a MN Storm Drain is you get to name it which adds a cheeky aspect to it. And you get a cool little medallion to affix to your storm drain to remind people where this runoff water ends up. But seriously, sometimes it's not about the big grand gestures as the thought on where to begin is overwhelming. Sometimes you just need a jumping off point like adopting the storm drain outside your home. And it's something the whole family can do together, each playing a small part in protecting our lakes & rivers
Minneapolis, USA
Environment
I have been vegan for almost a year now (since the end of last January); I use reusable water bottles and bamboo toothbrushes; I try to limit the waste of water so I close the sink when I wash my teeth; I always try to buy handmade and cruelty-free cosmetics (soaps, shower gels, shampoo, conditioners, etc.); sometimes I buy clothes in second-hand clothing stores; when I can, I take part in climate strikes and I go to demonstrations for equal rights. Last summer I did little beach clean-ups on my own (and my mother helped me).
Rome, Italy
Environment | Veganism
I'm currently a Landscape Architecture student, and we're required to make landscape models to represent our designs. The amount of waste generated by making these models and throwing them out weeks later is ridiculous. So much styrofoam, cardboard, chipboard, wood, acrylic, plastics, metal, etc. that get thrown out every semester. Landscape Architects are supposed to be advocates of the land. We're being educated on designing sustainable landscapes, and protecting and restoring broken ecosystems.. yet we generate so much waste in the process of learning. This semester I am starting an initiative at my school to ban the use of styrofoams and single use plastics in our model making. It's a smaller goal, but one that I hope will spark a larger movement towards generating less waste. Thank you for inspiring me to make waves in my community, no matter how large or small.
Minneapolis, USA
Environment | Kindness
Where I live, there isn't a recycling system in place the way that there is a trash system. Because of this, I have started my own little system in my household and among other family and friends in order to recycle any materials we can. I collect these items in bins and take them to the recycling center myself once they are full since there is unfortunately no recycling pick up. I also work with friends to donate the books that our school library discards to different organizations such as foster homes and low income schools in our community. 🙂
Fort Oglethorpe, USA
Environment | Kindness
I slowly started transitioning to a vegan diet in December and for this Veganuary, I went a 100% vegan and it's going very well! Convinced my family to stop using single-use plastic as well and they were excited to help. I also wanted to get more involved and make as big of a difference as I can so I partnered up with a company that sells recycled bracelets and clean up a pound of trash with every purchase and am now their proud ambassador, spreading awareness about climate change and saving our oceans! Planning to do even more in the future and all my inspiration came from Start The Wave!
Naples, Italy
Environment | Veganism
Start the Wave has given me the inspiration to do the changes I never knew how to. I've cut down on my use of single use plastic and got others to do the same. I finally made the choice to become vegan for my health, the environment and as my part of making the world a more kind place. I have been trying to be more kind to myself and others and truly work on myself and the way I see and treat the world. I hope Start the Wave will continue to guide me on that journey, lead me to a place where I can peruse my life from a point of kindness, compassion and love.
Germany
Environment | Veganism
I recently joined a climate justice youth organization to combat climate change at its roots, colonialism, capitalism, and white supremacy. The group works specifically with BIPOC on climate justice initiatives. Right now, we're working to get our Federal MPs to accept a mandate letter on a Green New Deal through the Our Time campaign. We are also working on direct, non violent actions for free transit in Toronto, and with a Indigenous groups to stop the pipelines. I joined this group because I recognized that many of the climate crisis actions were ignoring the centuries of indigenous activists fighting for climate justice. I would definitely urge people interested in combatting the climate crisis to join a climate justice group, because we cannot stop the climate crisis without stopping it at its roots.
Toronto, Canada
Environment
In order to be more eco-conscious, I have bought two stainless steel reusable water bottles in an attempt to reduce my plastic waste, I have bought four reusable metal straws and I have started walking and using public transport more. I have also made my parents and friends more aware of how they can be eco-conscious in simple ways such as using Ecosia as their default browser.
Middlesbrough, UK
Environment
I recently started a trend in my household and with my co workers and friends to leave less of an impact on our planet. Meaning, we all have reusable water bottles, straws, and food storage. Whenever we go out for coffee we make sure to bring our sustainable cups, reusable grocery bags for shopping, and saying no to plastic. It feels good to make this change, especially when I can inspire others to do so too.
Beverly Hills, USA
Environment
All my life I had never really liked eating meat but it was quite difficult to make the change because my family ate meat quite regularly. This year I decided to take the leap and become vegetarian, and I'm loving it. It's been a few months now and I'm slowly making the small changes to cut out dairy from my diet and try to become vegan (or Id like to within the new year). Seeing you make such positive changes has inspired me to make those same changes to my own life, and they truly are making me happier. I thank you for being such a light in my life.
Toronto, Canada
Environment | Veganism
I have been using 'ecosia' which is a search machine like Google but they use their profit to plant trees. Also they are very careful with your privacy etc.
The Netherlands
Environment
This is small but one of the things I do is take my own take-home containers when I go out to eat. If I have food left over, instead of having the restaurant pack up the extras in a dispensable container that will end up in a landfill, I pull out my own re-usable container. No waste! Sometimes friends tease me, but more and more waitstaff compliment me and tell me what a great idea it is!
New York, USA
Environment
Me and my dad are practicing sustainable farming. We believe that it's possible to have quality sustainable food system without harming the environment. Producing crops as organically as possible, planting more trees and hopefully inspire others to do the same in future.
Phillipines
Environment | Sustainability
I switched to vegan food in August, best decision ever. I thought it would be difficult. That I would miss meat and cheese. But the only thing I miss is really good choklad a few day a month. I try to inspire my colleges at work, by bringing my own food to lunch every day and speak positive about it. I mean I've lost almost 20kg in five months and feel healthier then ever. In heart, body and soul. I try to buy eco products when possible and my tiny wallet agrees with me. I try to be kind to my self for the first time in my 46 year old life, trying to meditate and do yoga every day. I try to be the best of me. Would love to do more, but it's a start.
Sweeden, Gävle
Environment | Veganism
As an architecture student, an architectural thesis proposal that's not only focusing on structures for people but also for our environment and the animals, such as "wildlife resort and animal museum with research and propagation center", or anything that would save all of the living things that He made. Hoping that it would be built someday 🤞🏼 because I believed that the real progress in the world is not only about all the beautiful modern structures that we see or just for mankind, but to also protect and conserve all the things that He lent us. We should show the world that we can still save our planet by connecting ourselves with the environment because what are the future generations gonna see if our planet is gradually deteriorating? All the things that we have were just lent, we are all gonna die, we must decide not only for ourselves but for the future. If we start it, a lot will follow, the cycle will be repeated, our world will be saved ❤. Also, I really love this organization so much that it inspires me to think more about proposals or any little things/steps to help save our environment. Thank you so much for creating this community 🥰 #StarttheWave
Manila, Philippines
Environment
The last events around the world are an important reminder to think about what we can do as individuals to be more eco-friendly every day. There was a time in my life when I didn't feel like I can have an impact as a single person. I was wrong, you truly can make a difference when it comes to reducing your own carbon footprint. I think if everyone changed that thought process, there would be a lot more progress made around the world. I try to be more eco-friendly day by day and do things like shopping second-hand/vintage , I look for eco-friendly materials, support local farmers' market and eat as seasonally as possible, looking to buying unpackaged fruit and vegetables, use package-free shampoo and body wash bars, I don't own a car, I only use public transportation or I am carpooling at work with my colleagues, I walk and bike in my town and I always travel everywhere around Europe only by train (my vacation last summer : 41 trains, in 7 countries, 14 cities) At my workplace, as a teacher, I try to involve my kindergarten class in as many ecological/outdoors projects/activities that I can and I try to educate them in order to protect nature. Children are more interested in activities that occur in nature where they are direct participants and they have a feeling of really doing something to protect the environment. They love participating in activities like planting flowers, cleaning some places, preparing some healthy food, going on a trip by train, for most of the kids being the first time when they travel by train. Last year also we tried to cut the use of plastic in our school and we only use now reusable water bottles/cups. Another activity that the children really love is our meditation time. I didn't know if meditation would work for kindergarten children but I was pleasantly surprised how much kids love this. I think learning meditation from an early age can be extremely beneficial for kids. Personally, I think meditation should be mandatory in schools/kindergartens. We use the activities for children from 0-6 years old from "Smiling Mind" app. Thank you "Start The Wave" for being such a big inspiration for all of us!!!
Romania
Environment | Meditation
During the last Clean Up I was told by a lady: "Even if there is so much bad. So much bad influence. Never let your positive attitude / commitment be taken away. " These words and the gratitude of others, while picking up other people's garbage, keeps me doing it again and again. I don't have to do it. No one is pushing me. I do it, because I want to. Because the nature can't do it on its own. Because I get to know so many new people. If you do a clean up : Don't put yourself in dangerous situations. Wear gloves, especially if you find broken glass, used syringe or anything that is sharp. Be sure, sometimes you find things you don't really want to find but on the other hand you might find some money ;).
Cologne, Germany
Environment
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