The environment is beautiful, but unfortunately, there are some people in the world that contribute to the problems and challenges it faces. Trash is thrown out every day and some not in rubbish bins, and this is the reason why the seas, forests, and air are getting polluted. Animal habitats are also affected because of these – there are now more species which have become endangered because their homes are damaged because of waste. Seeing all of this made you realize one thing – that if you don’t do anything, the environment will be permanently damaged. You want to stop this from happening that’s why you want to start living green.
First off, good job for finally making a decision to change your ways for the environment. This is one way of ensuring that the future generations can still experience the natural wonders of the earth. For you to achieve your goal of living green, you can start making these small changes:
1.) Start using essential oils: For years, you might be one of those consumers who are fond of using chemical-based products to clean different areas of the home. And while these can get the job done in one swoop, these household cleaners can pose environmental hazards. You can avoid contributing waste by using essential oils or DIY chemicals instead. Since you’re the one making these for your home, you know which goes in your household cleaners.
2.) Give up bottled water: It’s common to see people purchasing bottled water wherever they go. But if you do this kind of routine for your entire lifetime, can you imagine the total number of plastic bottles you’ll purchase and throw in landfills? Plastic bottles take 450 years to completely degrade which means that these items can greatly affect the environment. This should be reason enough for you to invest in a stainless steel water bottle. You can refill one with water from home so you won’t ever need to buy a plastic water bottle again!
3.) Conserve energy: Regardless if it’s oil or natural gas, energy makes up for 90% of greenhouse gases. It might be invisible to the naked eye, but the consequences of carbon from energy usage can be felt. Do your share by conserving energy at home. You can start by turning off unused appliances or switching to solar energy. There are also environment-friendly appliances available for your home.
4.) Conserve water: Almost 50% of household water usage is wasted. If people continue living this way, the supply of potable and clean water will soon run out. To steer away from that happening, your household should conserve water – and there are many ways on how you can do it. You can purchase water-efficient appliances, reuse old water and fix leaks.
5.) Green your transportation: Your vehicle emits gases which can be harmful to the environment, that’s why it’s always a good idea to switch to use a bicycle or jog instead. Doing all of these won’t only help save the environment, but you’re also allowing yourself to exercise more – it’s a win-win for you!
6.) Raise eco-conscious children: The home is a training ground for your children to be better individuals and teaching them how to take care of the environment should be one of those lessons. You can start by teaching them creative ways to recycle or how to segregate waste.
7.) Use reusable bags: Status quo would tell you that plastics are one of the culprits why the environment is getting worse by the minute. These items take so long to degrade that your plastic waste can still be the environment’s problem for generations to come. You can stop this from happening by using reusable bags instead of plastic bags. Carry one wherever you are so the next time you shop, you won’t need a plastic bag from the store. You’ll be surprised at how this can immediately become a habit!
8.) Shop wisely: Every household in the world produces food waste. Regardless of how small or big your family is, for sure, you’re one of those households. One way of ensuring that your household produces less food waste is by planning your grocery trips and sticking to your grocery list. You should also make sure that you only purchase food which your family can consume before your next shopping trip and stop yourself from buying impulsively.
9.) Use less paper and recycle more: Technology has made everyone’s lives easier and has played a role in saving the environment. Instead of using pen and paper at school or work, gradually switch to laptops and computers. When you use less paper, more and more forests are saved. And if there’s scrap paper in your home, don’t throw them. You can do a lot of DIY projects with paper.
Having a green lifestyle is never easy. This change will require adjustment and consistency from you and your family. You might even have to give up the things that you love just to ensure the environment is not compromised in any way. Yes, it might be tough, but it can be done. You can use this article as a guide to know where and how you can start living green and soon enough, all of these practices will come naturally to you!