The planet is currently battling a lot of issues. From global warming, air and water pollution, to climate change, it is no longer surprising to see people questioning whether they are still capable of saving the planet. While trying to save the environment seems to be a huge and challenging endeavor, you don’t have to fret because you can contribute in your own little way.
Note that even the simplest things can already make a huge difference in our environment. Do you want to start taking steps in going green and helping the environment? Then here are some simple things you can do every day that can lessen the effects of abuse some people did to the environment for several years.
- Recycle glass – Keep in mind that if you do not recycle glass, decomposing it would take a max of a million years. This is the main reason why recycling glass should form part of your routine if you regularly use one. This tip can reduce related air and water pollution by 20% and 50% respectively.
- Minimize your use of the dryer – Instead of using your clothes’ dryer, let your clothes dry naturally outdoors by hanging them on the clothesline. One advantage of this tip is that it ensures that your clothes will last for quite a long time. It also makes your clothes feel and smell fresher. Furthermore, this is good for the environment since it reduces your power consumption.
- Lessen your use of bottled water – This tip requires you to think carefully about your water consumption. Note that while it is handy to have bottled water around, especially if you are an active and busy person, it is not good for the environment if you buy one every time you need to drink water. It would be much better and safer for the environment if you buy one bottled water then just refill it from a water cooler or tap. It is because up to ninety percent of water bottles are being decomposed in the landfills, instead of being recycled.
- Save water and electricity – This is one of the most valuable things that you can do to help the environment. Note that trying to conserve water and electricity does not require drastic changes. Simple activities like turning the faucet off while brushing your teeth, limiting the use of water when washing dishes, and turning the shower on only when you are ready to wash and bathe yourself can already help.
When it comes to saving on your electrical consumption, some of the things that you can do include replacing regular bulbs with energy-efficient ones that last longer, turning off the TV, lights, and any other devices and appliances when not in use, and lowering heat or air conditioning settings. Conserving water and energy contributes a lot in preventing further damages to the environment.
- Use reusable bags – Plastic bags used in groceries are at risk of being thrown in the landfills. The problem is that this might suffocate animals in case they get stuck in the material or worse if they eat it because they accidentally mistook it as food. Another problem with plastic bags is that it takes longer for them to decompose. Instead of using plastic bags, have a reusable bag with you if you need to shop for foods, books, clothes, or any other item. This simple tip can significantly reduce litter while allowing you to contribute to saving some animals.
- Try walking or biking – Instead of driving your car, why not try walking or biking to and from school, work, or anywhere you would like to go? Walking or biking allows you to improve your health and burn excess calories while contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gases. Can’t bike nor walk? Then try carpooling or using mass transportation instead. Your goal is to help reduce the number of cars on the road as such can make a difference in letting the environment recover from harm and abuse.
- Monitor food waste – Create a weekly record and begin logging each food item tossed in your garbage. This will let you identify patterns. For instance, you may have unknowingly thrown a gallon or two of spoiled milk every week. Based on the identified pattern, you can change or adjust your shopping habits accordingly. You can also use some apps that will let you know right away if there are foods in your fridge that are about to expire.
- Start creating a compost pile – Note that you do not need to have a backyard nor live in a farm to create a compost pile, which is an eco-friendly solution, to your trash. Composting requires you to recycle nutrients back to the ecosystem. This is beneficial as it prevents foods from damaging the waterways and landfills. The compost pile you created can even help in enriching the soil. Find out if your local community holds composting programs to get yourself involved. You may also want to create your compost pile indoors.
Aside from the tips above, other simple yet environmentally friendly activities that you can add to your daily routines include:
- Using fabric to wrap gifts
- Printing as little as possible
- Reducing your junk mail
- Using matches, instead of a lighter
- Turning off your PC overnight
- Supporting restaurants that serve foods and dishes that are locally grown
- Cultivating a garden
- Buying recycled items
One thing to remember is that you can start saving the environment right now. Your contribution does not have to be too grand nor complex. Note that applying simple eco-friendly activities during your next shopping schedule or commuting to work can already make a difference.