You don’t have to be an eco-warrior when it comes to making a difference for the environment. While it may feel like big ideas are the way to go, it’s actually the small behavioural changes that add up over the long-run. This in order to make a concerted, consistent and collective effort to be more conscious about our planet.
So, here are…
- Hello sunshine
Get with the program and harness the power of that all encompassing life force: the sun. Did you know that on average you can save up to $50 a month off your regular power bill just by installing solar panels? It’s easier than ever to switch over to solar power, with providers offering various plans and incentives to make this approach so much more accessible.
- Good things come in less packaging
There are a few simple things you can do to limit wastage when it comes to plastic and other packaging that wind up clogging up landfill for years to come. Get creative when packing lunches. Multi-use storage containers are a much more responsible choice than cling wrap or aluminum foil.
Did you know mason jars make for great salads? Glass is odour-free, insulating and 100 percent washable/reusable. Stop using straws (even when you go to a cafe). Plus, ask to use your own flask when ordering coffee or other beverages – you’ll be surprised how many establishments will happily oblige.
- You’d be lost without compost
Don’t go throwing those food scraps into the garden. Not only will they fill up your waste bin, they are far better used as organic material to assist all those delightful natural specimens.
This is alongside improved soil quality via an increased retainment of nutrients. Are you wanting to grow lush flowers, vegetable and fruit? A compost heap is the perfect installment to up the green factor in your outdoor area.
- One person’s trash is another’s treasure
It’s an old adage, but waste not and want not. This is pertinent to clothing. If you can buy second-hand this limits the amount of clothing sold new – cutting down on all the resources and chemicals required in mass textile production.
Another great idea is to do a clothes swap with friends and/or your local neighbourhood. You’ll score a new wardrobe in a jiffy. They say a change is as good as a holiday – and, you’ll certainly have more change floating around in your pocket at the end of the day!
- Veg out
Consider decreasing your consumption of meat and dairy products. Animal agriculture is responsible for species extinction, deterioration of marine ecosystems, and widespread habitat destruction.
Did you know that just meat and dairy production alone results in more climate gases than the entire global transport industry? It may seem like a challenge, but decreasing your intake of these foods in favour of more fresh fruit and vegetables will mean you become a healthier, happier and a more eco-conscious world citizen.
- Take a hike
It’s fairly obvious, but reserving the car for when you really need it is a great way to reduce fossil fuel emissions. Public transport and carpooling are some ways you can take the toll off resource consumption, assist air quality and the flow of traffic on our roads.
Better still, if you can walk or use a bike you’ll be doing a great service. Not only will you help the environment, but you’ll also become a fitter, more flexible you – less prone to illness and depression due to increased levels of physical activity. It’s win-win!
It’s easy being green:
The above list proves that a sustainable lifestyle need not be excessively difficult. Small, yet stable changes can have a great impact over time. This approach helps to lighten to load on the stressed situation that mother nature currently faces.
So, it’s time to take action! Enact some of these eco-friendly alternatives today – and, become the kind of citizen our planet will be grateful for – for now and into the future.
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