In a world where climate concerns only worsen, it’s time for everyone to start doing their part. Although occasional big sweeping gestures undoubtedly make a difference, small daily efforts are still the same.
If everyone did their part to contribute to a greener earth collectively, then we could make a big difference. So, how can you make a difference in the environment? Here are some simple ways to get started.
Be Mindful of Your Waste
It may seem innocent to use a plastic bag once in a while. However, you must know what is biodegradable and what is not. The truth about plastic bags is that they are doing no favors to our environment. In hundreds of years, plastic will still lie in landfills, untouched by nature.
This is a big concern since the more plastic bags accumulate, the more waste we get. Doing your part to carry a reusable bag means one less plastic bag circling.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
You’ve probably heard the phrase, “reduce, reuse, and recycle”— for a good reason! Reducing reusing and recycling is one of the key efforts you can engage in to preserve our planet. Recycle whenever possible by knowing what materials can be recycled and which can’t. From tin cans to cardboard boxes, reduce reuse and recycle everything you can so that things can be repurposed and materials used again.
Even though you might be tempted to buy something new all the time, the truth is that often, buying something used isn’t just wasteful, but it’s pointless. Something is considered “used” the minute that it’s opened. In other words, you could find yourself with a perfectly good product that has hardly been touched, but the simple fact that it’s been opened means it’s considered “used.” Buying used means less waste overall. Whether you’re buying a car or clothing, looking at your used options will contribute to a greener earth and save you a considerable amount of money.
Unfortunately, many of us are guilty of leaving the lights on when we leave a room or keeping things plugged in when they don’t need to be. However, turning lights off and unplugging your appliances when not in use can greatly conserve energy over the year. Not only will this increase your greenness, but it will also save you big dollars on your energy bill over the year. Besides, natural light is much more beautiful than artificial light anyway, so leave the curtains open more often and let the sun shine!