If you’re looking to live a more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle, it’s best to start by identifying some of the more negative and harmful habits in your everyday life and replacing them with green alternatives. If you’re not sure where to start, below are four common, ungreen habits to cut out of your life as you strive for a eco-friendly lifestyle.
Eliminating careless driving habits will have a positive impact on the environment by reducing your carbon footprint. Start by fine-tuning your driving skills and cultivating careful, relaxed and controlled driving habits. For fuel-efficient driving, keep your foot light on the pedal to avoid quickly accelerating, maintain a steady speed to avoid spurts of acceleration, and don’t slam on your brakes (this will also help maintain your tires and brakes).
According to fueleconomy.gov, driving sensibly will lower your gas mileage by 5 percent in the city and 33 percent on the highway.
Tires can also help you be a more mindful driver. Kumho Tires has a reputation for creating eco-conscious tires, and using materials and manufacturing techniques that lessen the environmental impact.
Unnecessary Use of Plastic
Society has an unhealthy addiction to plastic. Plastic cups, plastic bottles, plastic bags and so much more. In order to embrace a more green lifestyle, it’s crucial to eliminate the unnecessary use of plastic in your everyday life. Start with replacing plastic water bottles with a reusable water bottle. Not only are you avoiding BPA and other carcinogenic chemicals found in plastic, but you’re also conserving precious groundwater that some water bottle companies exploit.
This will also help reduce your carbon footprint by using fewer products that require fossil fuels and producing less waste that goes to landfills. Next, skip the plastic bags at the store and instead bring your own reusable cloth bag in which to take your groceries home. Last, buying in bulk when possible reduces the amount of plastic packaging you inadvertently purchase.
Today, society is pretty well-versed on why smoking cigarettes is a bad for our health, but it’s also a habit that gravely hurts the environment. According to ucanquit2.org, an estimated 1.7 billion pounds of cigarette butts are found in our lakes, oceans, beaches and other parts of our planet every year as a result of bioaccumulation. Not only are these butts partially made of plastics, but they also contain carcinogens and other poisons, and, worst of all, they’re non-biodegradable. This means they remain in the environment for decades, negatively harming humans and wildlife.
Overindulging in Red Meat
You don’t have to become a vegetarian to live a green and eco-friendly lifestyle, but you should make an effort to reduce your red-meat intake. A new study in the journal, Climatic Change found those who indulge in a high red-meat diet contribute almost twice the diet-related greenhouse gas emissions compared to vegetarians.
By studying the diets of more than 55,000 U.K. citizens, researchers found, on average, meat eaters emit 46 percent to 51 percent more food-related greenhouse gases than pescetarians, 54 percent more than vegetarians and a whopping 99 percent to 102 percent more than vegans.
So, not only will adopting a more sustainable diet of less red meat and animal byproducts reduce your carbon footprint, it also offers tremendous health benefits, including consuming fewer calories and fats, weight loss and a lowered risk of heart disease.