The lives we lead are everything but healthy – well, at least for the most part. Our bad life habits are pretty much reflected onto the environment, making it seriously endangered and dying out. Even though virtually all natural sources are regenerative and incredibly strong in comparison to the human mistreatment of them, there is a breaking point for everything. For this reason primarily, it is absolutely important to try and learn how to be environmentally friendly, if that already isn’t something you inherently know how to do. All important things in life take some time to happen and so do sustainable changes you are to introduce into your daily routine.
We are giving you a checklist of 7 things you can start doing to become more environmentally friendly.
Implore the holy trinity of environment
The 3 R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – are the start of every environmentally friendly behavior. With these 3 applied, the amount of waste generated is reduced and the overall waste management processes is improved. Instead of sending a particular item to landfills, reuse it; as for recycling, the recycled item will be transformed into a raw material that can be shaped into a new item.
Given that a lot of energy is required to pump water from rivers or lakes into your home, be mindful of the way you are using the water, i.e. conserve it more. This way, the amount of energy needed to filter it will be reduced which will do tremendous good for nature. A few ways to conserve water are –keep the running tap closed while you brush your teeth, take short showers, recycle water in your home, fix leaking pipes, use water saving appliances, collect rainwater in a rain barrel to water your lawn – to name a few.
Change your travel habits
Travel less if possible, or if not – pick more direct routes to save on fuel. Also, if your office or any destination you are going to is near your home, try to walk there or ride a bicycle instead of a car. For instance, electric bikes currently popular in Australia are an incredible friend to the environment and they are fantastically efficient. Maybe try that, also?
Opt for local products
Buying locally grown products is significantly reducing the carbon footprint and is contributing to the growth of local economy; further, buying local products means supporting local dairies and farms which is always great. If you are into gardening at all, maybe try growing some fruits and veggies in your own garden and even sell surplus to your friends.
Be mindful of the products you use
Hazardous chemicals like oil, paint, ammonia and other chemicals can cause pollution in the air and water when left open, and this can have serious consequences on human health. The products for home cleaning can also be very harmful which is why you should always check the label before purchasing. Make sure you dispose of them properly by throwing them to toxic waste sites for safe disposal.
Composting is an easy process which is fruitful in the long run. All it takes is taking remains of plants and kitchen waste to convert it into rich nutrient food for your plants. The composite will help them grow and you’ll do something good for the environment. Compositing also reduces the amount of garbage that goes to the landfills, hence – the environment is getting at least a bit of protection.
With no trees, there’s no life. Trees give oxygen, clean the air, fruits, provide shelter to wildlife, prevent soil erosion, etc. And the shade from the trees planted around your home? It can significantly reduce consumption of energy and keep your home cool even during summers.