• The Oxygen Project

Only People Who Give a Damn About the Planet Do 20 of These 30 Things

By: Livia van Heerde


Think you’re an eco-warrior? If you’re doing 20 of these 30 things you can officially call yourself an Oxygen Project-approved saviour of the planet. You go Glen Coco!


1. Meatless Monday


You give up meat for the environment. Your favourite dish is plant based, you get excited over vegetables, and pray for the day your local café has vegan cake.


2. Calculate that footprint


You’ve used a CO2 calculator before to calculate your carbon footprint. The outcome shocked you and you made actual changes to reduce it.


3. Bye-bye carbon


You offset your airplane travels and support projects that reduce, avoid and remove greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere.


4. Totes b(r)agging


You haven’t owned a plastic bag in years and always carry a tote bag. You never know when you’ll need it, right?


5. Recycle


Recycling was one of the first changes you applied to your life when you got interested in sustainability, so now it’s like breathing…but it doesn’t stop there…


6. Recycle for your friends


When you and your friends are at lunch, you make sure they put their food packaging in the right bin. Your nickname is “the Recycle Nazi.”


7. But first - (sustainable) coffee


You always carry a reusable coffee cup and would rather skip coffee for a day than use the wasteful disposable cups.


8. BYOL - Bring your own lunch


It’s cheaper, probably healthier and more sustainable than using disposable cutlery and eating food wrapped in extra packaging.


9. Ride a bicycle


That Queen song is your go-to when you use your bike to get from A to B. Cold and rain don’t stop you from using this infinitely sustainable transportation.


10. Zero-emissions vacay


Saying no to air travel was high up on your new resolutions list and you took a no-fly holiday instead.


11. Local and organic everything


You look forward to the Sunday farmers market to get your local and organic produce, and your favourite restaurant only uses local ingredients. Your supermarket cart is full of products from the organic range.


12. Planet Earth II


You watch documentaries about the environment and sustainability and even organise viewings with reluctant friends and family.


13. Put your money where your mouth is


You’ve donated to environmental NGOs before and supported sustainability projects.


14. Clean it up


You’ve participated in a clean-up before. Whether it was on the beach, the park or the forest. You saved those animals from entanglement and swallowing plastic pieces!


15. Kick butt(s)


You don’t smoke because of the environmental impact obviously, but when you hang out with your smoking friends/ colleagues, they know they better throw that cigarette butt in the trash and not on the streets, or else they’ll feel your angry stares. You have picked up their cigarette butts from the street before and thrown them in the trash.


16. That non-toxic life


Your bathroom and kitchen are filled with non-toxic beauty and cleaning products. Sustainably packaged, non-toxic, organic, natural and cruelty-free are the only labels you care about.


17. <3 Public transportation


You avoid cars like the plague. Public transport is your jam, and you always encourage your friends not to take Uber and opt for the bus or train after that night-out instead.


18. Sustainable hydration


You’ve been carrying a water bottle with you for years. Why trash the environment with plastic water bottles when you can refill your reusable bottle? Duh!


19. Package-free


You’ve been to a package-free grocery store before and tried that Lauren Singer zero waste lifestyle thing.


20. Social media heroes


You follow eco-warriors on social media platforms to learn more on environmental topics. Greta Thunberg’s Twitter is the highlight of your day.


21. Use every trick in the book


You own books on environmental protection and sustainability and get excited over eco-book gifts from your friends and family.


22. Have fashion sense


You boycott fast fashion and love to go thrifting. Your favourite fashion piece in your closet is either second hand or from a sustainable fashion label.


23. The 3Rs


You avoid new purchases whenever possible. You repair and reuse the things you already own and take care of your possessions in general.


24. No straw, please


People have lived without straws for most of humanity’s existence. You don’t need a straw in your cocktail or orange juice. In fact, you automatically add “No straw, please” to every drink order.


25. Green energy


Your energy provider is green, and your home is powered by renewable energy.


26. Eco-student life


You studied an environment-related subject or are currently a nature-loving student. Whether it’s environmental science, climate change, environmental law, geography or biology – your university experience is all about protecting our planet.


27. Strike!


You’ve been to a Fridays for Future strike and other demonstrations to protect the environment.


28. Go child-free


You made the decision not to have kids. While your mum is very unhappy about that decision, you're okay with cool aunt status. You told her it’s better for the environment and those kids wouldn’t have a stable climate to grow up in anyways.


29. Work in sustainability


Living sustainably isn’t enough for you. You went the extra mile and committed yourself to a job in the sustainability sector. You work on saving the environment on and off the clock.


30. Vote, vote, vote


The environment was an important factor when you voted in your local elections. You checked the electoral manifestos for environmental protection, climate change mitigation and adaptation commitments.


On a scale of Trump to Thunberg – how well did you do? We all can try to live a bit more sustainably in our everyday lives and help mother nature out a little. Don’t get discouraged and start acting!