Each one of us has heard about climate change at some point in our lives. While some of us had initially taken the alarming facts and figures with a pinch of salt, recent developments are leading more and more people to believe that climate change is real, and unless we do something about it, the world as we know it will be lost. But raising awareness about the issues in the environment isn’t enough, and we need to make small changes in our daily lives in order to contribute towards a greener planet. Many people are not sure about what to do in such a situation. Going zero-waste is unrealistic and you shouldn’t punish yourself if you mistakenly leave your reusable cup at home. It is a simple matter of turning your intentions into habits, and aim to create as little waste as possible, and use natural resources sparingly. Let us take a look at how we can contribute to a greener environment through our everyday habits.
Save electricity Most of us still use regular bulbs for lighting up our homes. But do you know you can save a lot of money and energy by using solar-powered or LED lights? LED uses much less electricity than standard electric lights, so you can save money on electric bills, as well as doing your bit for the environment. Solar lights are extremely useful because they can be set to turn on by themselves and they will automatically turn themselves off when they run out of power. LED lights not only consume less energy, but they last longer than incandescent bulbs, so you don’t have to buy a new one often. Saving electric energy also involves turning off the fans, lights, and other electrical appliances when you’re not using them. Your old appliances might be consuming a lot of energy, so you can replace them with energy-saving ones. These days, an energy rating is provided for all devices, where you can check how energy efficient your device actually is. You can then buy an appliance that saves the most energy.
Change the way you travel Vehicular pollution is one of the chief sources of greenhouse gas emissions. These gases erode the ozone layer of the atmosphere, allowing the rays of the sun to pass through unobstructed. As a result of this, the average temperature of the planet has been increasing and causing several environmental disasters. You can make a big difference in the fight against pollution by discarding your current vehicle and opting for an electric car. More and more companies are launching electric vehicles in the market. These cars are fun to drive and emit no pollutants. You can just charge them at a charging dock and they are good to go. Environmentalists around the world are urging people to switch to electric cars to reduce their carbon footprint on the planet. If you cannot afford an electric car, you can always use public transport. The fewer cars there are on the streets, the lesser the amount of pollution. So in a way, you will be reducing the amount of greenhouse gasses emitted. When you have to travel short distances, walk, or ride a bicycle.
Make changes to your food habits The meat industry produces a lot of waste material which adversely affects the environment, so you should consider going vegan, or at least lowering your consumption of meat. Even if you limit your meat intake to a couple of days, every week, you will be contributing a lot to the environment. Another habit you can incorporate is to buy only from local vendors. Food that is shipped from faraway countries is often not made using sustainable practices. You can buy vegetables and meat from the local farmers. This way, you are helping out low-scale agriculture, as well as being kind to the environment. Eat only seasonal fruits and vegetables. When you buy some vegetable or fruit that is not in season, it usually means they were grown in a greenhouse that uses a lot of resources to imitate the natural weather in which the plants grow or they are imported from faraway places. Many shops don’t use plastic for packaging. You can opt to buy from these shops, that use cardboard and cans for storage, which can be recycled, unlike plastic. So even while going to the supermarket and buying your daily essentials, you can make the choice to go plastic-free.
Recycle Every year, more than 300 million magazines, 24 billion newspapers, and 2 billion books are published. It uses up a lot of paper which is made from trees. All of us know how trees maintain a balance in the environment by taking in carbon dioxide and giving out oxygen for us to breathe. For this reason, we should try and recycle paper as much as we can. Instead of paper bills, you can opt for electronic bills, and try to avoid media based on paper. These days, books, magazines, and newspapers are available online, so you can read them instead of paper-based media. Segregating garbage Segregating garbage at home is a great way to reduce waste. When you segregate waste, the amount of waste that gets landfilled is reduced considerably. Waste is dealt with using various techniques such as incineration, composting, and recycling, and when you segregate your waste, it becomes easier to carry out these processes. For this, you can keep two separate containers for wet and dry waste. Wet waste needs to be discarded daily, but dry waste can be disposed of once a week. You can create awareness among your neighbours regarding waste segregation and green living. Reduce plastic-use You may not be ready to break up completely with plastic, but there are some things which can make a major difference in reducing the amount of disposable plastic in your life. Most of the plastic that pollutes the oceans is micro plastics, small fragments that cannot be washed out aside. Such plastics come from breaking down bigger items and are also widely added to consumer goods such as face wash and toothpaste. So we can always opt for environment-friendly substitutes like Evlure’s toothpaste tablets and other products that comes in reusable glass bottles or tins. We can carry cloth bags while shopping, thermos to a coffee shop and choosing cardboards over plastic packings. To contribute to a healthier environment, we need to let go of our daily habits that are adversely affecting it. By making small changes to our everyday lives, like opting for Evlure’s Everyday Essentials, we can ensure that the amount of waste material produced by us is negligible!