10 Simple Ways to Live More Green Today
If you have read this article, you have probably asked yourself about what you can individually do to help the environment and live more green. So here are a few very simple tips, some of which you may already know:
Instead of throwing your trash, you can send it for recycling so that it can be turned into a new material. We have all heard of recycling, and it is not something too difficult to do. What you need is to find bins with recycling signs. When we send materials for reuse, we don’t throw them away or let them harm the ecosystems, rather we put them back for use after being recycled.
By recycling, we reduce the negative impact we have on the environment. Did you know that the water in our oceans is so polluted that there is a large amount of it currently killing millions of sea animals and marine life. Now is the time to start making small, but significant steps for improving the health of our oceans and we can commence with recycling.
2. Buy More Local Food
Do you have a farmer’s market near you? If you do, you can take the opportunity to take what you can from there because organic production is more healthy and less harming. Buying products of less than 100km distance ensures that the food you are going to consume will be new and fresh, and you are also more aware of what you consume and how you eat.
By buying local food, you reduce your carbon dioxide emissions. Products from distant locations need to be transported by vehicles. The longer the distance, the more carbon emissions are released into the atmosphere by those vehicles.
3. Eat Less Meat
Our forests and rainforests are destroyed in order for us to buy meat. We need land for making a way for livestock. Loss of wild areas to agriculture and farming is the biggest cause of mass extinction of wildlife. A thing that you can do is decrease the amount of meat you buy from the supermarket and fast-food chains.
Remember that manufacturers create products for you. If you stop buying them, they will stop producing them. Try limiting meat or stopping the consumption of it. For example, if you eat 6 times a week, try to go down to 5 times. Even the smallest steps count.
4. Replace Plastic Bags With Canvas Bags
We only use plastic bags temporarily and then we get new for use again. They go into our oceans and create water pollution. Do we really need plastic bags when we can buy a longer-lasting canvas bag that also happens to not harm and pollute? Of course not, you can just get a canvas bag. This is very simple and easy to do and you will be happier with its convenience in the long-term, it will also not cost you much.
5. Reuse What You Can
Are you thinking of throwing something away because you do not need it anymore? We all do and we should not keep materials we no longer need. But it turns out that we may need them even if we don’t think so. Therefore, think twice before throwing something away.
You can use a bit more creativity and make something new out of a used product. But if you don’t feel like it or if you don’t have the time for it, you can simply look for places from where you can buy reused products. This saves money and it reduces your greenhouse impact, while definitely helping you live more green.
6. Turn off the Lights When You Are Not in a Room
Yes, we all need electricity in our daily lives. However, electricity is energy, most of which comes from the burning of fossil fuels. When we continue using electricity when we do not need it, unnecessary amounts of fossil fuels have to be burned and we waste energy. Make sure to do something as simple as switching off the lights when leaving a room or turn off the TV if you are not watching. You can also slightly cut your TV watching hours, which will also help you sleep better and live greener by reducing carbon emissions.
7. Conserve More Water
Water is the most essential substance for us to be alive and that is why it is important to have enough of it. We use it for everything: drinking, cooking, cleaning etc. Unfortunately, water is not produced on the planet and we can only consume fresh water which is less than 1% of the whole water on Earth. As the climate continues to warm, freshwater sources become more and more limited.
At the same time, the demand is growing due to the growing population. So what can you individually do? Simply use as much water as you need. For example, when you brush your teeth, you can temporarily stop the water from running while brushing them. You can also try using water-saving devices in your house.
8. Find Alternatives to Daily Plastic Materials
Plastic pollution, as you may know, is a global and growing problem. Because it takes centuries for synthetic plastic to degrade, it makes it difficult to sustain a life of heavy daily consumption of plastic. Find ways to eliminate your plastic.
Despite of the fact that plastic products are everywhere nowadays, reducing your plastic consumption does not have to be difficult. For example, if you have always been getting your water in plastic bottles, now start with glass bottles and recycle the glass later. You can also buy products made by biodegradable plastic which takes fewer years to decompose.
9. Use Energy Efficient Lightbulbs
Yes, you can try this! While it costs a bit more in the short-term, it will actually save you money in the long run. While taking care of your wallet, they also take better care of the environment. They require significantly less energy while lasting 12 times longer than traditional lightbulbs.
The most common types of energy efficient lightbulbs are light emitting diode (LED), compact fluorescent lamp (CFL), and halogen incandescent. You help not only the planet, but yourself too.
10. Drive Less
Most have heard of the harmful gases emitted from automobiles. Many people use cars daily for going to their workplace, travelling, and more. They have become one of the biggest necessities in our lives. However, gases from cars don’t escape the atmosphere, they stay and contaminate our air.
Very simple solution would be to drive less. While you will still need your car, make sure to use other means of transport when you have the opportunity. If you go to work by car usually, try going by bus this time. You increase your physical activity and raise your fitness levels by choosing to go on foot to some places. If you have a bike, use it as well.
Plus: A new and innovative solution is electric and solar-powered vehicles. Although new, they have been becoming more and more popular and they are cost-effective.
Overall, living an environmentally friendly lifestyle does not have to be difficult and it carries many benefits for our daily lives. All we need is to make small and consistent changes to make a difference.
What do you personally think is the most efficient way to live more green?
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