Have you resolved to be more environmentally friendly this year and decided to live an eco-friendly lifestyle? You have made a good decision.
However, you might feel a little bit overwhelmed about the new changes in your life – that’s normal. Sometimes, starting something new can look tedious, making you unsure where to begin.
Well, the most difficult step is what you’ve already taken – deciding to be more environmentally friendly. The next steps involve making smaller changes that will help you easily adapt to your new life.
To help you get started, here are 10 easy ways to help you live an eco-friendlier lifestyle.
Eat Less Meat
Did you know that eating less meat can make a huge difference in the environment? Maybe you don’t know!
Currently, over 30% of the earth’s surface is being used to raise and support livestock. More so, the livestock sector accounts for about 9% of human-related CO2 and 65% of human-related nitrous oxide (N2O), which has about 300x the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of CO2.
Eating less meat is an important step to reduce the overall emission of harmful gases and become more environmentally friendly. Hence, consider replacing some of your meat-heavy diets with vegetables or seafood!
Use Less Paper and Recycle More
The current world is more reliant on computers and digital technology – let’s get compliant. Using less paper means there would be less paper to be produced, leaving more trees to fill our forests.
According to the EPA, recycling one short ton (0.91t) of paper can save 17 mature trees. Therefore, if it becomes important for you to use paper, make sure you recycle the used paper.
More so, it requires less energy to produce new papers through recycling used papers than by producing “virgin” paper. So, if you want to be more environmentally friendly, use less paper and recycle more.
Replace Plastic Bags with Canvas Bags
Using canvas bags for shopping is better than using plastic or paper bags. Canvas bags are sturdier than plastic or paper bags and can hold more items. That means you wouldn’t be using more wasteful generic plastic or paper bags and you can reuse your canvas bag for a long time.
Even if you don’t have/use canvas bags, try as much as possible to reuse your plastic/paper bags. This is a great way to be more environmentally friendly.
Start A Compost Pile or Bin
Rather than toss your domestic wastes here and there, you can keep them in a compost pile or bin. It will reduce the number of wastes in landfill areas and will also help your plants grow better – if you have a garden.
Replace Your Light Bulb with an Eco-Friendlier Brand
You don’t need to replace all your light bulbs today if they’re still working. However, anytime any of your light bulbs burn out, replace them with an eco-friendlier brand.
Replace your conventional bulb with a LED bulb. LED bulbs last longer – over 5x – than regular light bulbs and also use less electrical power. More so, LEDs are brighter, which means you might also be using fewer light bulbs in your home!
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Use Cloth Instead of Paper
Instead of using paper towels for spring cleaning, use an old t-shirt or other forms of clothing. You would toss out the paper towel after use, which may lead to environmental pollution.
Why not save more money and your environment by using a used cloth? You would be able to wash and re-use them.
Reduce Your Energy Consumption
Another way to be more environmentally friendly is to cut back on your energy consumption. Reducing your energy consumption will save nature, lead to lower energy bills, and keep more money in your pocket.
Start by unplugging unused appliances rather than leaving them in standby mode, washing all possible clothes with cold water, and dry your clothes using a clothesline or drying rack after being washed.
It may feel a bit uncomfortable taking all of these steps to reduce your energy consumption at home. But you can try one step at a time until your home is completely energy-efficient.
If Possible, Borrow Instead of Buying
Most people waste money on things that they can easily borrow. If you want to be more environmentally friendly, try using pre-owned items. Rather than buy, you can rent movies, borrow books, and buy secondhand goods whenever possible.
Being environmentally friendly doesn’t mean you should settle for less. Mind you, most items available in used-goods stores are just as good as the original. By doing this, you’ll not only be reducing those items that need to be kept in a landfill but also saving yourself some money.
Use a Recyclable Eco-friendly Water Bottle
Rather than purchase table water, take your water along in a water bottle. Lots of table water bottles end up in the ocean as some are not recyclable and lots of people fail to recycle the recyclable ones properly.
If not properly recycled, one plastic bottle can break down into thousands of microplastic pieces over time. These microplastic are very difficult to clean up, leading to a high rate of pollution in our environment and oceans.
The best solution to this problem is to use a recyclable eco-friendly water bottle of the right size that you can take along whenever you go out. Using a recyclable eco-friendly water bottle means fewer plastic bottles to be purchased.
Reduce Water Waste
Finally, you can be more environmentally friendly by using less water. You can start by taking a shorter shower in the morning or installing a low-flow showerhead. Remember, water is life, so don’t waste it.
Explained above are ways you can be more environmentally friendly this year. Becoming environmentally friendly doesn’t have to be difficult. You can make a difference by trying the steps above one after the other until you master them all.
Get started to be more environmentally friendly today. Remember, living an environmentally friendly life will save you money!