Not everyone is willing to make big lifestyle changes and that is perfectly okay, the important thing is making small changes to your day to day life in order to become more eco-friendly. Here are some ways in which you can help the planet.
Recycle – I feel like this is sort of an obvious one but I see people all the time putting recyclable packaging and food in the general waste bin. In Scotland they use the contents of your food bin to generate power but some people still choose to put their leftover food into the regular bin. Recycling also saves room in your general waste bin. You have to remember to check packaging to make sure it can be recycled as most plastic packaging is not widely recyclable.
Don’t throw stuff out – When you can, instead of throwing stuff out sell or donate. There are so many places you can donate old clothes like charity shops, shelters and clothes banks or if you are short on cash you can sell them to vintage stores, on depop, ebay and facebook. The same applies to other items like bedroom furniture, old electronics, games and toys.
Public transport – We all know cars aren’t good for the environment so, the best way to stop pollution is to use public transport. I know sometimes trains can be expensive so using buses can be better and when you can, walk or cycle places. If you can’t avoid using a car then sharing with friends and family to get to your destination stops you using multiple cars.
Search engines – Another small change to make is switching from Google to Ecosia. Ecosia is a search engine that use their profits to plant trees and they also run on 100% renewable energy. At the time of writing this, Ecosia has planted over 91,000,000 trees and also ensure they plant them where they are needed most.
Food – Eating is a massive part of life and making changes to your food habits can do wonders. Going full vegan helps the environment massively, I understand not many people want to go vegan but having one or two vegan meals a week it a great way to start. You never know, you might end up liking it and going full vegan. Eating at home is also another great way to help be more eco-friendly.
Paper – Paper is no longer a necessary item in the modern world, we have laptops, phones and tablets that we can do all our work and writing on. Going paperless is a great way to help the environment and there are a few ways to help do this. You can put a sign on your door discouraging junk mail, menus and catalogues. You can subscribe to receive online magazines and papers instead of actually buying them. When shopping, opt for the email receipt instead of the printed version. Switch to online bank statements. Use your devices to write out shopping lists and other things you might need to write down.
Water – Stop buying bottles of water. There is no need to buy individual water bottles when the water out of your tap is the exact same thing and is free to use. If you need it to be portable then buy a reusable bottle and just fill it up once you are done. If you are caught out with no water then buy JUST Water, their product is sustainably sourced and 82% of every JUST Water carton is plant-derived and as a result have a 74% reduction in carbon emissions compared to a standard plastic water bottle. You can also save water in different ways like turning off the tap when you brush your teeth/wash your face and take shorter showers.
So those are some lifestyle changes you can make to help the environment, I understand some are harder to do than others but saving the planet is all about making small changes and doing your part.
‘The Earth does not belong to man; Man belongs to the Earth.’ ~ Chief Seattle
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