While many people associate going green with an inconvenient and expensive lifestyle changes, there are several cheap and easy adjustments you can make around your home that can significantly change your carbon footprint. You don’t have to jump in by changing everything, start small to make the changes more sustainable and a part of your normal life. To make it easy for you, below is a list of the adjustments you can impact in your daily life, any of which can support the environment and your eco-friendly lifestyle.
1. Plant trees
Trees are an essential part of the universe, we know the fact ever since we were kids. They are the major source of oxygen and help in cleaning the air. They also prevent soil erosion and provide shelter for wildlife. So, to begin the change, plant a tree or two around your home. A shady landscape around your home can keep your home cool during the summer and ultimately contributing to energy saving.
2. Reduce use of harmful chemicals
Chemicals like oil paint, ammonia and other hazardous solutions can cause pollution in the air and water when disposed openly. While we barely realize there are chemicals in almost every basic facility these days. The fertilizers for the plants are chemicals, milk storage needs chemicals, the fruits and vegetables are stored using chemicals too and likewise almost everything. The next step when you plan to contribute to the environment is to quit chemical usage wherever possible.
3. Conserve water
As the saying goes, water is life. The Earth has a lot of water but only some percentage of it is useful to humans. Since the water distribution is uneven throughout the world, we need to ensure we are not wasting water. We can do this by fixing leaking pipes, turning off the TAPS when we brush our teeth, recycling used water and even collecting rainwater for storage.
Composting is one of the easiest processes that takes remains of plants and kitchen wastes and converts it into rich nutrients food for your plants that helps them grow. By so doing, this reduces the amount of garbage that goes to the landfills which pollutes the air.
5. Digital or eco-friendly transactions
Before you purchase anything, ask yourself if there is a more eco-friendly alternative of it. For example, you can read books and newspapers online instead of buying them. You can also go for beauty products which are eco-friendly alternatives. It is a difficult habit at first but the more you do it the more natural it will become and the more you will reduce your carbon footprint.
6. Put away the plastics
Plastic is non-biodegradable. It’s use and disposal is harmful and pollutes our environment. Use of non-plastic materials is recommended. For example, use a cloth bag when you go to the supermarket for your grocery shopping, likewise, opt for a reusable insulated water bottle over a plastic water bottle. These small changes can make a significant difference over time.
Recycling is transforming an already used something into a raw material that can be shaped into a new item. This action reduces the amount of waste generated and improve overall waste management process and programs. You can also purchase products that are made of recycled materials with minimal packaging, that is, the product should be environmental friendly.
8. Educate others
Living in an eco-friendly environment involves even those who are close to us. It is important to educate others about the importance of living an environmentally friendly life. The more people share an awareness of the importance of the environment, the more we can do together to conserve it.
As the old Native American proverb goes, ‘We do not inherit the land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children’. Decreasing your carbon footprint helps to secure the land that you inherited for future generations. Making changes doesn’t have to be costly or time consuming. Use the tips discussed above to conserve the environment and save money while at it.