We consume lots of things — fuel, food, clothing, cars, furniture, water, toys, electronics, knick-knacks or other goods. These are all necessities that we cannot avoid. To protect the environment, you don’t need to stop consuming, but instead, start being careful about the amount you consume and how each purchase or action affects the environment.
Actually, it’s not really that difficult, expensive, or inconvenient to become more environmentally friendly. You can even think of it as a fun challenge to implement at your home. By making little changes at the individual level, you can make a huge contribution towards a cleaner planet. Imagine how wonderful the world would be if everyone adopted even a few of the following habits:
1. Consume less
Consuming less can have a huge impact on the environment. The three “R’s” of environment protection are—reduce, reuse and recycle— familiar to everyone and hugely beneficial but the planet also needs you to focus on the most important and most underrepresented “R”: refuse.
Refusing means saying “no,” which can be difficult sometimes. Freebies at events, cheap goods on sale, the hot new children’s toys or the latest gadgets that are just slightly different from the previous version—none of these are essential. And they almost always get thrown out or forgotten in the back of a closet. Next time you feel like purchasing or accepting a non-essential item, think about whether you really need it in your life. If not, just simply say, “No, thanks!”
Bonus: Consuming less will also save you money and reduce the amount of clutter in your house.
Another “R” that is often ignored but has important environmental impact is “rot.” As in, let your food and wet waste rot naturally in the soil rather than throwing it in the trash. In short: compost.
Composting your food scraps and other wet waste is very rewarding: it keeps a lot of waste out of the waste stream, and also produces free, rich soil that you can use to plant things. Many cities have organic waste pick up alongside regular trash and recycling pick up. If your area doesn’t have this service just set up a low-maintenance compost pile in your garden.
3. Choose reusable over single-use
There are far too many people that drink beverages from disposable cups or disposable bottles, sip from disposable straws, carry disposable grocery bags, eat from disposable plates or containers and use disposable utensils. All this single-use plastic has a terrifying effect on our soil, oceans and marine life.
There are more environmentally responsible counterparts for all the above items. Prefer using reusable items and make a commitment to use them as much as you can. There will be less trash piling up at your house, and you’ll also protect the environment.
4. Recycle properly
Now, we come to the final “R”—recycling. Learn about what can and cannot be recycled at your home. Do not throw the wrong items in the recycle bin as it can lead to an entire load being rejected, which means … it all goes to the landfill.
You can also easily learn how to recycle specific items such as electronics, batteries and appliances. Your local municipality can direct you to drop-off sites, so that you can get your items to the proper disposal sites.
5. Use less water
Water conservation at home is one of the easiest methods of protecting the environment. Think of how much water you consume every day, both inside and outside your home; then, make changes as you can. For example:
● Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth.
● Fix any water leaks.
● Collect and use rainwater for watering your plants.
● Shorten your shower time
● Only use your dishwasher or washing machine when full
Save the environment, stay safe, stay healthy:
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