The issues on global warming and climate change serve as an eye-opener for humans to give importance to the environment. If we fail to protect the environment, natural resources will be depleted and future generations will not have a habitable planet to live on. To change this, one must take proactive steps toward greener and more environmentally aware living habits.
Here are eight smart ways to save the environment from degradation.
1. Curb your consumption
The three “R’s”—reduce, reuse, and recycle— are great rules to live by, but another R could be a much better principle and that is to refuse. Before you take those freebies at events or buy those items on clearance sales, ask yourself if it is something essential to your life. If not, simply refuse. Refusing unneeded goods can save you money, minimize clutter at home, and most importantly, save the environment from more wastes.
2. Start a compost
Aside from reducing, reusing, recycling, and refusing, another “R” rule to live by is “rot.” You can make compost by stacking your food and yard wastes in a pit or container. This is especially helpful when you have a vegetable garden at home. It is also a smart way to return nutrients to the soil rather than sending these biodegradable wastes to stack up in landfills.
3. Go for green products
The market for eco-friendly goods is becoming bigger and bigger. You can find everything from environmentally friendly paper to reusable containers from different stores. Single-use plastics are a threat to the environment, so it pays to switch to reusable and eco-friendly options. Reusable goods are not only green; they are also smart choices money-wise.
4. Go up-cycling
A lot of solid wastes can be transformed into new and useful items. Upcycling trash and creating something like furniture, artwork, jewelry, and toys are not just satisfying and helpful to the environment, but also saves you from spending on new items. All you need is a little creativity, imagination, and resourcefulness to succeed at upcycling.
5. Go local
As much as possible, patronize local products and services. Goods coming from faraway places require more packaging and consume more fuel before they get to you. Before buying imported products, consider checking your local market for similar goods. Support local farmers as well. Going local will not only ensure the quality of goods but also support your local industries.
6. Say no to chemicals
Many household chemicals can damage the environment and may also pose a threat to your health. Consider using chemical-free household cleaning products and shifting to natural hygiene products. Food items that are heavily treated with chemicals to extend shelf life must also be avoided. Go for organic and natural food items for they are safer, healthier, and eco-friendlier.
7. Conserve water
Conserving water is another easy yet effective way to save the environment. To save water, make sure you turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, shorten your shower time, and minimize your water use when washing things in the house. Have leaky faucets repaired right away and consider collecting rainwater for watering plants.
8. Conserve electricity
Being aware of your energy consumption is another smart way to save the environment. Conserve electricity whenever possible. Use energy-efficient lighting such as CFLs and LEDs and keep your heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system in good condition. Consider using natural lighting and ventilation in your room. Lastly, consider other green energy sources such as solar energy.
Follow these simple bits of advice to help conserve the environment. Begin by taking small steps and soon enough you will be able to make a difference for the planet.