Happy Environment Day! We hope you are always doing everything you can to help protect our home and keep her green. There are plenty of things you can do every day to help reduce greenhouse gases and your carbon footprint to make a less harmful impact on the environment. Taking care of the Earth is not just a responsibility, it’s a necessity. Take a look at our top 8 ways to do your part for mother nature.
- Use Reusable Bags
Plastic grocery-type bags that get thrown out end up in landfills or in other parts of the environment. These can suffocate animals who get stuck in them or may mistake them for food. Also, it takes a while for the bags to decompose. Whether you are shopping for food, clothes or books, use a reusable bag. This cuts down on litter and prevents animals from getting a hold of them.
- Print as Little as Necessary
Now a days, you can usually sign documents, save files and more all digitally. Utilize your computer and reduce your printing as much as possible. When you do need to use paper ensure its recycled paper, and when you’re done, recycle it again. This even includes paper products like paper towels and tissue. Buy recycled products when you can to eliminate waste and save trees at the same time.
Recycling is such a simple thing to do, but so many people don’t do it. Many garbage disposal companies offer recycling services, so check with the company you use to see if they can help you get started! It is as simple as getting a bin and putting it out with your trash cans for free! Another way to recycle is to look for recycling cans near trashcans. Instead of throwing recyclables in the trash with your non-recyclables, make a point to take an extra step to locate recycling cans around you.
- Use a Reusable Beverage Container
Instead of buying individually-packaged drinks, consider buying a bulk container of the beverage you want and buying a reusable water bottle. Not only will this help the environment, but it will also help you save money since you are buying a bulk container. Or, if you frequent coffee shops, a lot of them offer a discount to customers who use a reusable container for their drinks. Starbucks, as an example, offers a small discount for customers who do this. Saving the environment and money? Win-win.
- Save Electricity!
Use energy-efficient light bulbs instead of regular bulbs. They last longer, which will save you a bit of money. Make you turn off lights, the TV, and other appliances when you are not using them. Lower your air conditioning or heat when it’s not necessary. This is especially true for between seasons. Open your windows in the early fall or layering your clothes in the early fall.
- Save Water
Water is wasted more frequently than we can see. Turn off the faucet as you are brushing your teeth. Don’t turn your shower on until you’re ready to get in and wash your hair. Limit your water usage as you wash dishes. Changing old habits will be good for both the environment and your wallet!
- Avoid Taking Cars or Carpool When Possible
Cars are harmful to the environment. Taking public transportation, walking, or riding a bike to work or school are better options that help the environment, as well as getting some exercise in! If you do need to use your car, find ways to carpool.
- Use Compostable Products
These days, you can find a compostable option of a lot of everyday products you use. From clothes and cutlery to diapers and even furniture. Buy compostable or biodegradable whenever possible to reduce the amount of trash that can end up in landfills and the ocean.
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