Many people wrongly believe that saving the world is the task assigned exclusively to politicians and scientists. However, we can all contribute by simply deciding to go green by choosing things like Energy Star products.
And, no, it doesn’t mean you have to move the mountains in order to help the environment. By changing the mindset, lifestyle and daily habits, everyone can play their part in the battle for the planet.
So the United States takes the first place on the list of trash-producing countries. The first thing every “go green” rookie needs to learn is to follow the law of “three R’s”. They are reduce, reuse and recycle.
There’re numerous things you can do to cut down on waste production. For instance, you can waste less paper and save the trees. First off, pay the bills online! Choose a microfiber cloth over a paper towel. As well, pack children’s lunches into lunch boxes instead of paper bags!, Bring the shopping bag every time you hit the store, etc.
Before throwing that item away, reconsider. Can be used again for either the same or different purpose? For example, glass jars can be used for keeping spices in the kitchen, pencils in the study room or screws in the garage.
Also, next time you want to declutter your wardrobe or get rid of the old furniture. Remember the popular saying: “someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure”. So, don’t produce unnecessary waste. Reconsider what can be reused, donated or even sold.
Luckily, today we can recycle a wide range of materials – paper, plastic, glass, metal, even fabrics. However, we have to do it responsibly. Let’s take paper recycling for example. Did you know that even paper with staples, clips, and spirals is recyclable? Or, that food-stained paper isn’t? Therefore, do the little research on recycling does and don’ts and don’t be too lazy to sort out your trash regularly.
Go green while shopping
If you want to start green living, you have to do it even in the supermarket. As environmental awareness is rising day by day, it’s not hard to find products with eco-friendly labels including detergents, cleaning products, cosmetics, …, the list is almost endless!
However, the most important thing regarding your health is opting for organic food. Not only can pesticides and fertilizers harm the environment, but your health as well. So, visit the local farmer’s market and make sure you buy truly safe and healthy fruit and vegetables.
Go green while transporting
Although the most eco-friendly ways of commuting are cycling or using the public transport, sometimes opting for a car driver is a necessity rather than caprice. However, there’re ways to shorten your carbon footprint even if your budget isn’t high enough for purchasing a hybrid or electric car.
First off on first on things first, slow down!
Invest in eco-friendly appliances
Make your house as green as possible
By considering simple, but clever home hacks you can save both money and energy. For instance, save electricity by replacing regular light bulbs with Energy Star LED bulbs, cut down on cooling and heating by planting the trees around the house, reduce electric bill by installing Energy Star dimmer switches, save water by replacing the showerhead with one with lower water flow rate, save money by purchasing a water filter, etc.
Change your daily habits
The environment is one of the main issues of modern society. And, of course, one cannot save the world on his own, but if we all take a little more careful about our environment, we can help the planet and help ourselves. So, go green!
About the Author
Audrey Taylor was born in San Francisco, and moved to Adelaide at the age of five. Marketer researcher and social media manager on hold, full – time mommy of a cheerful two-year-old. Graduated from Queensford college, worked in a couple of marketing agencies across Australia, eager to learn more about business and share her experiences. Traveled across the Europe. Her hobbies include: home decor, fashion, travel, music, old movies.
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