So you’re ready to go green. Well done! It’s such an exciting, rewarding venture. It can be a lot to take in when you’re getting started to be sure, but if you stick to the basic concepts and ideas outlined below, we think you’ll find that making changes for the better will begin to come naturally. Let’s get into it.
- Use and Reuse Environmentally Friendly Products: There are some easy fixes to your daily routine to reduce plastic usage and opt for more recyclable material. For example, use cloth shopping bags instead of plastic; they are much sturdier and hold more items. Most stores offer a canvas bag alternative to reduce the waste of plastic bags. Every small change can make a difference and implementing reusable items and materials into your life can make a huge difference!
- Save Energy: Cutting back on energy use throughout your home is easy; it leads to smaller energy bills and more money saved. For example, unplug appliances when not in use, turn off the lights when you leave a room, replace light bulbs with LED ones, turn down the thermostat by a degree or two, or do laundry in cold water and use a drying rack or clothing line to dry your clothes. Reducing energy throughout your home is simple and at the click of a button.
- Environmentally Friendly Transport Options: If you can make the journey by foot, biking or even public transportation, it is a much more eco-friendly way to travel and can reduce your carbon footprint. Plus, avoid driving and get some fresh air! It’s a great excuse to be outside and get some exercise.
- Cut Back on Water Waste: You can live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle by reducing water waste and cutting back on water bottle purchases. Tasks like taking a shorter shower in the morning, handwashing dishes and even turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth is a great way to use less water. If you live in an area where you prefer bottled water over tap, invest in a water filter. It purifies the water, saves you money in the long run and reduces trips to the store.
- Work in the Garden: Growing your own vegetable garden, or working in a community garden, is a wonderfully rewarding sustainable practice to incorporate into your life. Gardening allows for you to have fresh produce at your reach—cutting back on traditionally harmful plastics and transportation practices associated with getting veggies from the grocery store.
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