In celebration of the upcoming Earth Day (April 22, 2015), we take inspiration from our favorite Hollywood celebrities in an effort to go green. Did you know that Leonardo DiCaprio is an ardent environmentalist? And he’s not just planting trees. The Titanic actor just bought a whole darn island, and plans to restore it into a complete eco-friendly establishment.
The New York Times reports that the actor bought a 104-acre Blackadore Caye island off the coast of Belize in the Atlantic Ocean. He had liked the location when he first visited it 10 years ago; and when he finally had the opportunity to buy it, he decided to develop a resort that is eco-conscious and restorative for the island.
In his interview with the New York Times, he said, “With the onset of climate change, there are huge challenges, so we want the structure to not only enhance and improve the environment, but to be a model for the future. That includes restoring the island, creating conservation areas where we can hold research conferences, and regenerating the entire ecosystem to bring it back to its original form and beyond.”
Oh well, that’s just Leo and he has a few million dollars to spare for the environment. If you’re not likely to get a big green island for yourself anytime soon, you could work towards making your home an eco-friendly haven. Follow these tips to fix your home and make it healthier for your family, and for the environment.
1. 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.
2. Save Water: Minimize the amount of water you use by taking short showers. Installing water-saving faucets is also a great way to conserve water, without compromising on the water flow or the pressure.
3. 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.
4. Minimize Toxins In Your Home: Most manufactured cleaners are chemical-laden, and can leave behind toxins. Make your own natural cleaners, instead; they are environmentally-friendly and cost-effective.
5. 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.
6. Reuse & Recycle: It’s about time we make recycling priority. Reuse simple products like tins and bags as much as you can. Look up your local recycling center, and segregate your waste to recycle it more responsibly.