The statistics behind the deteriorating state of the environment globally are terrifying. The myriad of anthropological activities is destroying our ecosystem. Individuals, agencies, government, and NGOs are coming together to protect what is left of our planet before it is wiped clean. Saving the environment is not just a concern anymore. It’s a survival truth!
But it’s not too late. We can still help our planet by making minuscule changes in our daily lives which can positively impact the surroundings we live in. Here’s our guide on easy and simple ways to help the environment. Read, share, and most importantly implement.
Bring Your Own Bag
A growing fad in the retail particularly departmental & grocery stores is for consumers to bring their own bag.
Just why are plastic bags bad for the environment? Plastic bags are non-biodegradable and can typically take 15-1000 years to decompose, depending on the environment. Not to ignore thousands of aquatic animals die from ingesting plastic. That’s not all. The cost to recycle plastic bags outweighs their value, so most recycling centres don’t accept them. Instead of being recycled, they are dumped in landfills or grounds. This is a primary reason why blocked drain, clutter beaches and death due to choking of grazing animals is a normal sight.
Reusable bags, on the other hand, are made from eco-friendly materials like jute or cotton. By eliminating plastic bags permanently, you can go a long way in saving the environment.
Walk, Pedal, And Carpool More
Using your motor vehicles less frequently diminishes carbon emissions in the environment. Carbon dioxide which accounts for the majority of all airborne pollution is a greenhouse gas. Global warming, rising sea-levels, melting of ice at the polar regions are few of the many horrid repercussions of the Greenhouse effect.
Walk or bicycle when you can to shorter destinations is a smart, pocket-friendly and yet another simple ways to help the environment. Another smart alternative to commute is by using public transportation (bus/metro/local train) Not only you’ll beat the ugly traffic rush but can also stay effortlessly fit. No rage, no stress!
Although, it may not be apparent there’s a direct link between your energy use and the environment. When you consume more power, you elevate the number of toxic fumes released by power plants. When you opt to cut back on energy usage, you are helping in conserving the Earth’s natural resources and the ecosystem. You can do that by taking these notable steps.
- Turn-off the lights when not in use.
- Use energy-efficient light bulbs instead of regular bulbs.
- Insulate your home properly to help lower your heating and cooling costs.
- Opting for solar heaters and panels.
- Unplugging appliances
- Embracing natural light.
Water is a renewable resource but at the rate, we are consuming it might limit our access to it very soon. It’s no surprise to hear about water shortages at our homes or localities or even the periodic flow of running water as per the time set up by the corporation. Consume less, conserve more by practising turning off the tap when not in use. Limit your water usage while doing the dishes. Implement rainwater harvesting. And don’t forget to always carry your own water bottles.
Print As Little As Possible
93% of paper comes from trees. By using less paper, you can lessen your impact on forests, lower energy use and carbon emissions, limit water, air, and other pollution and produce less waste. You can begin by opting for e-bills and e-books instead of the paper bill.
Recycling reduces the demand for extracting (mining, quarrying, and logging), refining and processing raw materials. All of these create substantial air and water pollution.
As recycling saves energy it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which helps to combat climate change. Recycling bottles, cans, batteries, bags is an effective yet simple way to help the environment.
Support Eco-Friendly Business
It’s commendable how brands today are taking an initiative to give back to the planet in their own way. Remember when Starbucks abolished the use of plastic straws? This renowned Coffee Chain aims to eliminate the use of plastic straws globally by 2020. Extending support to such a brand shall ensure others adopt it sooner. Another means to extend support is by purchasing locally grown organic fruits and vegetables.
Easy right? Which of these simple ways to help the environment tips would you adopt?
Think we missed any? Tell us about it in the comment section.
Let’s vow to do our bit in making this planet a healthier and happier place to live and breathe.