Taking care of your family is likely a full-time job, one that you need to fit around another full-time job! No doubt you have almost no free time, so doing your bit for the environment is probably last on your to-do list. But, fear not because there are many small but important things you can do to help make the world a greener place.
In this article, we have some helpful tips that you can put to good use. Just remember – you can make a difference!
Switch Lights Off
How often do you leave the light on when you walk out of a room? Probably more than you think. We all do this. Turning off the lights is an afterthought, but doing so helps to conserve energy and, therefore, the environment. Get into the habit of switching off lights (and other electrical appliances) when you leave. In time, it should become second-nature.
Turn Down the Thermostat a Notch
A hundred years ago, central heating was unheard of. We relied on fires to keep warm and if it was especially cold, we put more clothes on. These days, it is all too easy to turn the heating up when it’s cold, to the point where we think nothing of walking around in a t-shirt in the middle of winter while outside it is a balmy 78 degrees Fahrenheit. However, this uses energy and is not good for the environment, so try turning your thermostat down and putting an extra layer on if you’re cold.
Ditch the Plastic
Plastic is a modern scourge. The oceans are filled with miles upon miles of plastic waste. Plastic never breaks down and is impossible to eradicate, but we can make a difference by ditching plastic shopping bags and using reusable bags instead. Custom non woven bags look great and are nice and strong. So rather than take a cheap plastic bag, pack your car with reusable shopping bags.
Walk/Cycle Instead of Drive
How often do you take the car for a short trip around the block? Probably more often than you need to. Of course, driving is quick and convenient, but motor vehicles kick out harmful emissions and pollute the environment. It is far better for the planet and your body to walk or cycle instead.
Water is a finite resource, although we rarely treat it that way. In fact, most of us happily waste millions of liters of water every year. To save water, don’t leave the tap running when you brush your teeth, take a quick shower rather than a leisurely bath, and collect rainwater in a rain barrel for garden use.
Modern intensive agricultural techniques are causing huge harm to the environment. You can’t undo the damage, but by choosing organic produce, you can make a small difference.
Buying local produce helps to encourage organic growers and reduces the overall cost to the environment. Local produce also tastes nicer when compared to mass-produced food shipped halfway around the world.
Do you have any more helpful tips? Let us know in the comments.