11 SMALL CHANGES YOU CAN MAKE TO LIVE AN ECO-FRIENDLY LIFESTYLE
It is time for us to start thinking about what we can do to solve climate change.
Climate change is real, we can see it around us.
According to U.S. scientists, the world has just over a decade to move towards a more eco-friendly lifestyle so to get some control over the changing climate.
With global warming being a widely spread problem, it feels like individual efforts won’t bring that big of a change but it is important to understand that the luxuries we have so present in our daily life have a big share in promoting global warming.
The food choices we make, the electrical appliances we use, how we commute, and the real culprit – our plastic consumption, are the top-most problematic things that are responsible for the increase in earth’s temperature.
But here comes the good news: with some personal effort, we can control this problem.
To kick-start the process of going eco-friendly, we need to re-examine all our choices. With baby steps, we can change the way we live and our footprint on earth completely.
We are sharing our 11 small changes that are doable and can put us closer to a life that doesn’t harm (so much) the environment:
1. Find an alternative for all plastic products
Plastic takes around 500-1000 years to decompose. Besides that, a truckload of plastic ends up in the ocean every 60 seconds, endangering many marine creatures to becoming extinct.
We all know that cutting out on plastic completely is (almost) impossible, but you can up your eco-friendly lifestyle game by switching your plastic to alternatives when possible.
Good examples are reusable bags, clothes made from natural fibers like cotton and linen instead of plastic derivatives and if you can, switching the plastic in the bathroom for bamboo toiletries.
If you are using plastic of any sort, make sure it is biodegradable. Every single choice matters.
2. Reduce your meat intake
Going towards a plant-based diet isn’t only better for your health, but also for the environment as the farming industry is on track to be the world’s biggest contributor to climate change.
If you are not ready to switch drastically, you can always start by slowly incorporating more fruits and vegetables to your diet, and make the commitment of doing some meat-free meals, or even going days without meat, like the meat free Monday movement.
3. Choose organic
Another important tip to live an eco-friendly life is to buy fruits and vegetables that are organic certified.
Not only can the chemicals and synthetic fertilisers used on conventional farming harm our body but they also pollute land and risers, harming the whole ecosystem.
This is a little costly option as compared to regular fruits and vegetables but you also to support smaller farmers and the environment.
4. Compost your waste
If your stored food has gone past its expiry date, instead of throwing it into the bin, compost it.
Composting is a practical way of dumping your food waste in the right way by placing all your organic waste into a compost pile where bacteria and other microorganisms decompose it into a dark brown crumbly fertiliser.
You can use the same fertiliser to make a small kitchen garden for yourself and grow vegetables, fruits, and herbs on your own – organically.
5. Switch to LED bulbs
LED bulbs are better than conventional bulbs since they don’t need to be changed as frequently.
On top of that, LED bulbs are more efficient than traditional bulbs and tube lights as 95% of the energy from them is converted into light while only 5% converts into heat. This makes it more eco-friendly as they use less power.
6. Recycling is the key
If you want to live an eco-friendly life, the most important step you need to follow is to try to recycle almost everything before getting rid of it.
From paper to batteries, everything can be recycled.
All you have to do is to look for a guide to check if you can recycle before throwing it away. Try to opt for materials that are recyclable or biodegradable as this will also help you make healthier choices for the environment.
7. Reduce carbon footprint
You can easily reduce your carbon footprint by buying locally produced stuff, specially locally grown foods.
In this way, you can reduce the carbon emission in the atmosphere.
By purchasing local stuff, you support local brands, which is not only good financially, but also reduces the gas emission it would produce to reach you. First for the processing part and then the fuel for transportation.
Online shopping also reduces carbon footprint to a great extent. By shopping online, you can save up the trip to the shop, while enjoying the comfort of having your goods delivered to you.
8. Change your scrub game
Although scrubs do a great job in removing all of that pesky dead skin cells from your skin, on the other hand, it deeply affects the health of marine animals.
Most of the scrubs, shower gels and even some kinds of toothpastes have microbeads which are basically minute pieces of plastic that end up in the ocean after being flushed down your sinks.
Give preference to natural alternatives like natural sponges and sugar scrubs, as these are organic and do not harm the ecosystem.
9. Limit your paper use
In a digital world, it makes no sense to use paper inadvertently as we used to.
If you enjoy reading catalogs and magazines, try their online versions. These days every newspaper or magazine has a website or an app, so you can get your daily reading dose online.
If you are an avid reader, an e-reader might be the solution.
Another step that you can take to restrict your paper use is to only print the most important documents and inform your services providers that you prefer receiving your bills by e-mail.
Try not to print the piece of work that could be done on the screens, this can make a massive difference in your lifestyle and is super healthy for the environment.
10. Stop using kitchen disposables
Kitchens are the ultimate hub of waste production in our homes. Apart from the food waste, disposable paper and plastic utensils add greatly to produce waste.
Switch to reusable grocery bags and avoid getting the plastic ones. Use sustainable crockery and cutlery, opt for biodegradable trash bags, switch from paper towels to cloth napkins, and wrap your leftovers in a beeswax wrap rather than using tin foil or cling wrap. These little changes help you get an eco-friendly lifestyle.
And our extra final tip is…
11. Get our Roo Eco-friendly Car Tidy bags
We know it might sound biased, but to all car owners out there, please switch to Roo eco-friendly car tidy bags!
Apart from organising your car, they are way more sustainable than the plastic bags, contributing to cut out on your plastic consumption and waste on the streets to a good degree.
They are made from washable, waterproof and eco-friendly material (neoprene) to help you live a healthy lifestyle for yourself and the earth.
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If you enjoyed our tips, share it with a friend and don’t forget to tell us in the comment box what you already do on your journey to an eco-friendly lifestyle 😉