You don’t have to go around hugging trees or partaking in extravagant recycling ventures to serve the environment. The little efforts you take in your everyday life can go a long way. One by one, if we begin to respect, recycle and reuse, we can contribute towards the bigger cause of saving the planet.
Follow these tips to become an eco-warrior in your own way:
1. Turn Off The Laptop: Even if your laptop or computer goes to sleep, it’s still consuming energy. Turn if off each time you take a break, to save power.
2. Opt For An Electric Hybrid Car: An electric hybrid car almost never uses any fuel. Not only does this cut your gasoline cost, but also significantly reduces the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by the car.
3. Save Water: Minimize the amount of water you use by taking shorter showers. Installing water-saving faucets is also a great way to conserve water, without compromising on the water flow or the pressure.
4. Save Power: While picking out your lights, opt for CFLs and LEDs, as these are cost-efficient and cut the energy use by a great margin. Also, remember to switch off the lights whenever possible, and try to use more natural light. Remember—air conditioning and heating takes up a lot of energy. Look for natural ways to keep yourself warm, or to cool you down.
5. Minimize Toxins In Your Home: Most manufactured cleaners are chemical-laden, and can leave behind harmful toxins. Make your own natural cleaners that are environment-friendly and cost-effective.
6. Add Houseplants In Your Rooms: Houseplants are healthy for your indoor environment. They purify the air, plus they’re relaxing to look at and be around. Check this list to the pick the right plant for your home.
7. Learn To Reuse: Instead of throwing things away, figure out ways to re-purpose them. Plastic containers, cloth sacks, cans, shoe boxes can all be put to use—with a little creativity. Here’s a guide that shows you how to reuse tin cans and egg cartons.
8. Make Recycling A Priority: For the things you can’t reuse, learn how to recycle them. Separate bags, cans, and cartons from your regular trash, and stock them together to give away at recycling centers. You could refer to websites like recyclingcenters.org, to locate the closest center around you.
9. Promote & Utilize Recycled Goods: When you’re buying goods, consciously remember to pick products that contain recycled materials. Common recycled supplies include printer papers, paper towels, envelopes, paint, clothes, and retread (re-manufactured) tires.
10. Repair Whatever You Can: Ask yourself—can that broken sandal be repaired? If yes, then why spend on a new pair, and waste this one? Learn to repair whatever can be fixed, instead of trashing it for newer products.
11. Prevent Food Wastage: One of the biggest areas of concern for wastage, is food. Did you know that almost half the food prepared in the US and Europe is wasted every single day? You can do something about this in your own intelligent way. For instance, don’t throw away fruit peels just because you don’t eat them. Peels of any citrus fruit can be oven-dried and used to season dishes, such as stews and sauces. Here are some more tips to avoid food wastage.
12. Recycle Scraps & Bits: You can make the most of your garbage too. Use biodegradable waste including paper, food and green waste as compost in your garden, or flower beds.