You might be concerned about the environment, but do not think that you can make an impact on the environment. You don’t even have to recycle if that is difficult for you to do, but just making a few changes to your lifestyle such as biking to work, buying organic products, reusing things and conserving water are simple ways in which you can benefit the environment. You could try to reduce buying plastic bottles and products, opting for other materials such as steel bottles and containers which can be used for years together. Read on to find out more:
Cooking your meals at home is ecofriendly, as you can avoid processed foods packaged in plastic, which can be harmful to your health. Packaged foods have a huge carbon footprint as they use a lot of energy while they are stored or transported.
Do you really need twenty pairs of shoes? Some people have hundreds of pairs and tons of clothes which they never wear. Reducing consumption reduces demand and allows products to be spread among many people. Especially reduce use of plastics, and suppress the craving for yet another pair of distressed denims the production of which is extremely carbon intensive.
Drive at a consistent speed within the legal speed limit, and you might reduce fuel consumption. Switch off your engine when you are stuck in a traffic jam, do car-pooling, and walk or bike whenever possible to reduce the impact from your driving.
Keep your trashcans covered
You can avoid wildlife-human conflict by keeping trashcans inside till trash has to be collected, or firmly closing the lids. Wild animals living close to humans love to eat the food in trashcans which reduces their ability to forage and puts them at risk of having dangerous encounters with humans.
Try to find all details about your pets
Research the breed you want to keep as a pet and find out whether it is endangered or not. Many birds, fishes, reptiles and corals are sourced from the wild, unknown to you. Ensure that your pet is not an endangered species. Also, in case of certain dog breeds, find out whether you’ll be able to take care of them properly so that you don’t have to release them.
Stop eating meat
It’s tough to be a vegetarian, especially if you love the taste of chicken, lamb and beef. If you don’t want to leave meat entirely, then eating chicken is the best way you can reduce greenhouse emissions. One pound chicken production releases 13 times lesser emissions than one pound of beef.
Using phones and laptops responsibly
Switch off phones and laptops when they are not in use and replace them less frequently so that you don’t add to waste.
Bird proof windows
Birds’ worst enemy is glass – millions of birds are injured every year after colliding with glass windows. Removing potted plants from the vicinity of windows will cause less accidents, as birds are attracted to foliage. Attaching netting can deter birds, as well as switching off unrequired lights, especially during the fall and spring seasons.
Smoking is not only bad for your health, but also for the environment’s health. Billions of cigarettes every year end up in oceans, rivers and lakes, making it a debris. Animals ingest the cigarette butts, which are toxic. Besides cigarette butts are non-biodegradable. Enough reason, we think, that you should quit smoking.
Buy local products as much as possible to reduce carbon footprint. You can eat locally produced food and buy locally produced goods which will support farmers and artisans/factories in your area.
Conserve electricity and water
You can switch off lights and fans when you’re not in the room, conserve water by using low flow faucets, recycle water if you can, and use energy efficient appliances.
All these small changes or modifications to your habits will allow you to do your bit for the environment. You know better about yourself, and if you really want to make a difference, you have to understand how to reuse and recycle rather than buying new things.