There are lots of actions we can take to live a sustainable lifestyle. Here are examples of eco-friendly ways of living to help you get started and boost your health to.
Plastics are a growing threat to our environments and they take billions of years to decompose. In addition, they also contain hazardous chemicals and are associated with the deaths of thousands of mammals, marine life, sea turtles, seabirds and seals after they ingest the plastic or get trapped in them. By stopping using plastic, especially one-time-use plastic products is a fantastic example of sustainable living.
REDUCING ENERGY USE
Reducing overall household energy use helps boost a sustainable lifestyle. This can be as easy as turning off lights and appliances when not in use, installing energy-efficient appliances, use of a programmable thermostat that regulates the temperature, hanging clothes outside to dry as an alternative to using the dryer, and replacing incandescent light bulbs with led bulbs. By adopting solar or wind power is also a practical way of reducing energy costs and reducing the overall carbon footprint.
FINDING WAYS OF REUSING EVERYTHING
There are many great ways of reusing almost everything. Reusing plastic packaging, bottles, and cups for other purposes is just one example. For instance, instead of simply recycling a used plastic water bottle, you can refill it with water and reuse it. The same applies to common household products such as mugs, jugs, magazines, shoes, clothes, and mats among others. Instead of throwing them away, sell them or donate them to give them a longer lifespan.
This is another way to start eco-friendly living. You can try to use water-efficient washers or water-saving showerheads. All these conserve water. In addition, you can choose drought-tolerant plants. They require less water and are the best for such purposes.
COOKING FOOD AT HOME
Preparing food at home will ensure you enjoy your meals and above all, you’ll be eating healthier while at the same time cost saving. Eating locally is also a more Eco-friendly way of living, for example, instead of taking a trip to the supermarket, shop for vegetables, fruits, and other products in farmer’s markets instead as those in the supermarket chains consume huge amounts of fossil fuel during transportation.
You can start to use public transport or even the rail system. Buy a bike, or just walk. These options are the most efficient. Bike or walk instead of using the car.
YOUR OWN GARDEN
You can grow your own fruits, vegetables, and plants to be a part of green living. Grow plants and vegetables in the corner of your yard or in a window box. A lot of space is not necessary to grow fruit, herbs, or vegetables. It is necessary for the long term.
Begin to recycle everything. Do you have used glass or plastic products? Or obsolete electronics such as TVs, laptops, refrigerators, cell phones, or batteries? Find local responsible recycling companies for these items.
The green lifestyle can do as much for you and your family as it does for the earth and for future generations. Go green, choose a sustainable way and move forward with your eco-friendly lifestyle as soon as possible!