There’s no place like home, right ? Then why aren’t we doing our bit to save it? Our home Earth, is being destroyed by us. And that is why it is also in our hands to change this. Each one of us play an important role. Even the smallest actions can help save our planet. Adopting an environmentally friendly lifestyle is definitely possible and easy by making a few changes in our daily lives.
Why is it important for all of us? There has been centuries of destruction and to reverse that, each and everyone one of us has to do our bit. Here are some simple ways you can live a lifestyle that is better for the environment.
Go zero waste
Zero waste simply suggests that we minimize waste. It aims at removing trash out of the system, because nature does not produce trash. Overconsumption leads to more waste getting dumped into landfills that aren’t the best option if we want to be kind to the environment. Zero waste living talks about three ways- reducing, reusing and recycling.
When making purchases, the first question you must ask yourself is- do I need this? The first step to reduce our environmental impact is to reduce how much we consume. If you don’t need it, don’t buy it.
For the products that are necessary, try to get items that can be reused. An example would be to replace plastic straws with metal straws. This not only reduces your waste production, but also saves you money!
Recycling products should be seen as a third option if you cannot reuse or reduce. Recycling isn’t the solution to stop environmental damage because there are too many things out there that are not recyclable. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t recycle, it just means to depend on it less.
Look for minimal packaging or buy in bulk
This is a really easy way to reduce waste that comes out of packaging. Look for products that do not use unnecessary amounts of packaging or you can even buy products that you use often in bulk.
Conserve natural resources
Our resources are so precious, yet we don’t respect these enough. Conserve water, electricity, etc and use them wisely. The overall aim here is to reduce wastage where ever we can.
Littering is the most careless and disrespectful habit a lot of people have picked up. We have dustbins almost everywhere. Keep your surroundings clean.
Go plastic free
We all know how terrible plastic is for the environment. Today, we have better alternatives to many plastic products out there, so it’s time to make the switch if you already haven’t!
Avoid harmful chemicals
Harmful chemicals like triclosan and microbeads in skin care are not only harmful to your health, but the environmental as well. They are often found in rivers and lakes which can harm marine life and cause water pollution. Another reason to ditch conventional personal care products!
Reduce your carbon footprint
In order to reduce the amount of toxins released into the air due to cars, try to walk or ride a cycle instead if it is a short distance. Not only is it healthier for you, but it helps reduce your carbon footprint when you can.
Did you know that meat and dairy production emit some of the most hazardous emissions? Going vegan can be great for the environment but if that is not possible, reducing your meat consumption can also help a lot. Also when it comes to vegetables and produce, go for locally grown produce and organic produce instead of products that need to be shipped from far away.
Some people are just not aware of the detrimental effects and thus, spreading awareness and educating people can bring about a significant change.
Nature has given us everything, and now it’s high time we appreciate what we have been given. I really urge you to practise these habits whenever possible because even the smallest action taken by you can help make a difference.