A small act repeated over time across many people can have a huge positive impact on the planet. If you ever wondered, being more eco-friendly is easier than you think. We made a list of 10 easy ways you can follow to improve your impact on the environment and help building a better future.
1. Become More Aware of Resources
Start by living with a greater awareness of the resources that you use in your daily life. Pay attention to how you choose to heat, to travel, to use water and use products that were made by manufacturing practices. Awareness is what will allow you to then begin to make environmentally friendly choices.
2. Use Canvas Bags Instead Of Plastic
Most stores offer a canvas bag alternative to their wasteful generic plastic and paper bags. Although a canvas bag might cost a small amount to acquire, they are actually much more useful than you might think. A canvas bag is sturdier than a traditional plastic or paper bag and can hold more goods. A canvas bag can also be used to store items or pack items when moving – making it useful in more than one way.
3. Eat less meat
Try committing to a meat-free diet is really difficult. However, you can commit to it one or two days a week to decrease the resources you use up. According to worldwildlife.org, it takes about 750 liters of water to produce 1 kilogram of wheat, and it takes 100,000 liters of water to produce 1 kilogram of beef. That’s a huge difference.
4. Consider replacing your shower head with a low-flow version
Save up to $200 in a year in water bills and replace your shower head with a low-flow version. It saves water, and today’s versions offer just as much pressure.
5. Take a fast fashion break, look into the Slow Fashion movement
Fast fashion is the mass production of low quality items at an incredible low price. Examples of this are stores like Zara and H&M. However, this is unsustainable both for the employees and the environment. Why not invest your money on really good piece that’ll last you years to come instead of a bunch of cheap ones you’ll only wear a few times and toss? Try taking a hiatus from fast fashion for a few months and consider investing in organic and/or sustainable fashion items that will last longer and are of higher quality. We wrote an article about Slow Fashion here.
6. Buy Locally Grown Products
An easy way to reduce your carbon footprint is to buy locally grown products. When you shop locally instead of buying products that were shipped from far away, you are actually supporting local dairies and farms. Apart from this, you can follow organic farming practices and can grow food on your own backyard and can sell surplus to your friends.
7. Replace your lightbulbs
If every household in the United State replaced one regular light bulb with one of those new compact fluorescent bulbs, the pollution reduction would be equivalent to removing one million cars from the road, according to 50 Ways to Help. Like most eco-friendly gadgets, they’re more expensive up front (about five dollars a bulb), but they use a quarter of the energy and last 10 times longer—so the steeper cost will more than pay for itself. With lighting comprising 13 percent of the standard energy bill, it’s worth the change.
8. Read online
Your favorite newspapers, magazines, and books are all available online or on your tablet, people. And it’s cheaper that way, too. Furthermore, you can also use Amazon audio book service to even listen to what you like during your commute for example.
9. Opt for reusable water bottles
Here’s a secret a lot of people don’t seem to know: Tap water is drinkable. Keeping a nice, BPA-free water bottle in your bag is an insanely simple way to save the cost of a three-dollar bottle of water—the same cost of 700 gallons of water out of the tap at home. Bottled water is incredibly wasteful on so many levels: An estimated 80 percent of them don’t get recycled and, because of the plastic production process, it takes three times the amount of water in a water bottle to produce just one!
Act and do, don’t wait for someone else to do the first step. You can change the world.
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