10 simple tips that you can implement immediately

Wenn die Biodiversität schwindet, wirkt sich das auch auf unser Leben negativ aus. Mit diesen einfachen Tipps hilfst du, die Artenvielfalt zu bewahren!

The global extinction of species and the associated decline in biodiversity (= entire variety of plants, animals and different habitats) is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Instead of waiting for political solutions, we can do them ourselves protect biodiversity – in our direct environment, but also at the other end of the world.

In this post you will find numerous everyday ideas that help to preserve habitats for plants and animals. Some of them will even make your life easier and save you money.

Avoid light pollution

Strings of lights that are hung all year round, 24/7 garden lighting (regardless of whether someone is in the garden or not) and other nocturnal light sources throw the biorhythms of many living beings out of balance. Anyone who helps to keep the night dark not only saves electricity, but also protects nocturnal insects and many other species.

Grow nettles

Stinging nettles are not only a superfood and an excellent garden helper, but also a breeding ground for many species of butterflies. Some of them – for example the ghost moth, small tortoiseshell and peacock butterfly – are even dependent on the delicate wild plant with the stinging hairs! If you leave nettles in one or two corners of your garden, you help ensure that these species can survive.

Plant wildflowers instead of exotics

Many native wildflowers bloom less profusely than exotic ones from distant lands, but are an important food source for insects. A natural garden with bee-friendly plants and an insect-friendly design therefore also makes an important contribution to species protection.

Important: It is best to take a closer look at seed mixtures before you buy them. Because some products sold as wild flower mixtures contain exotic plants that do more harm than good to the local flora and fauna in the long run. If you want to be sure that native plants that are adapted to the location are growing, you can alternatively collect the seeds in the area and then sow them in your garden.

Wildflowers are becoming increasingly rare in gardens.  They have numerous advantages for the ecosystem compared to breeds and imported exotic species.

Prefer organic foods

Organic farming does not use herbicides such as glyphosate and specifically promotes biodiversity on the cultivated areas. Farmers who sell their products with the seal of the organic association demeter For example, since 2013 at least ten percent of their areas have had to be designed according to biodiversity criteria. Other associations make similar demands on their members.

When biodiversity disappears, it also has a negative impact on our lives.  With these simple tips you can help to preserve biodiversity!

Use ecological cleaning agents

Conventional cleaning agents often contain environmentally harmful surfactants and other hazardous ingredients that are not biodegradable or only with difficulty. They get into the water cycle via the wastewater and can harm aquatic organisms, for example. The problem can be easily avoided with homemade cleaning agents (such as this universal cleaner with vinegar).

Avoid fabric softener

Fabric softeners, laundry scent pearls and the like also have a particular impact on the environment. It is true that more environmentally friendly surfactants are now being used than they were a few decades ago. Nevertheless, products that promise a long-lasting fragrance in particular can still contain problematic ingredients – such as poorly biodegradable fragrances and even microplastics.

When biodiversity disappears, it also has a negative impact on our lives.  With these simple tips you can help to preserve biodiversity!

As an environmentally friendly alternative, vinegar ensures soft laundry. A pleasant laundry scent can also be achieved with fragrant bars of soap or (self-sewn) lavender bags in the closet.

Use peat-free potting soil

Bogs are valuable CO2 storage and habitat for rare species in one. By preferring peat-free potting soil, you are making an important contribution to protecting the bogs. If you have compost available, you can easily make potting soil yourself instead of buying it.

When biodiversity disappears, it also has a negative impact on our lives.  With these simple tips you can help to preserve biodiversity!

Prefer palm oil free products

Although no palm oil is not a solution either, those who significantly reduce their consumption and prefer products with vegetable oils from local cultivation contribute to the protection of the rainforest – a place where biodiversity is particularly high and at the same time particularly endangered.

Consume more plant products

Less land is required to produce plant-based foods. All the more natural areas can be preserved or renatured. This is also good for biodiversity.

Tip: By the way, as a vegetarian, nobody has to worry about an iron or protein deficiency, because there are plenty of plant-based sources of protein.

Leave faded plants

Withered flowers are not a pretty sight, which is why they are removed promptly in many gardens – at the latest as soon as the beds are winterized. If you want to do something good for the numerous little residents in your garden, you’d better leave faded perennials where they are, because they offer small creatures a protected space to overwinter.

A natural garden means less work and has a positive effect on the environment and the yield.  It's so easy to achieve more with less effort.

Tip: You can also support native insects during the gardening season by setting up a (self-made) insect hotel in your garden or on the balcony. A mini pond supplies the beneficial insects with vital water.

You can also find out in our book how you can manage your garden successfully and at the same time protect biodiversity:

What are you doing to protect biodiversity? We look forward to more easy-to-implement tips in the comments below this post!

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When biodiversity disappears, it also has a negative impact on our lives.  With these simple tips you can help to preserve biodiversity!

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