Most people know what going green means. However, few know the practical steps that can be taken to achieve this lofty ideal. This piece takes a look at some of the best ways to go green. Most of the methods covered here are relatively cheap to implement, ensuring that you can start making a positive impact on the environment right away without feeling the pinch.
Great Practical Ways to Go Green
Embrace local organic food
Choices about the food we eat are ingrained into our habitual routines, so it is often difficult to make changes to where our food comes from. However, a good way to go green is to make sure you don’t eat food that has travelled more than 1,500 miles to get to you. Most of this faraway food is unhealthy anyway, and by making your personal stand you will be doing your bit to discourage long distance food industries.
Cancel the unwanted mail subscriptions
If you look through what comes through your mail box you will find subscriptions that are either unsolicited or no longer useful. Cancel them right away. This will ensure the companies delivering this mail will have one less recipient. Assuming you receive 5 of these weekly from different sources, cancelling them means you have saved the needless publication and delivery of 260 items to your home alone! If you already have a pile of such mail consider recycling.
Embrace green transportation
Embracing green transportation means getting a bicycle, walking, and taking a bus more frequently. It also means ensuring that you drive more slowly, on fully inflated car tires when you need to use the car. Similarly, combine your trips where possible and take the train for longer journeys. When buying a car purchase a hybrid or electric vehicle, or at least a car with high mpg. You should probably steer clear of diesel Volkswagens for now. This article takes an indepth look at green ways to commute.
Embrace reusable water bottles
The bottled water industry may appear a luxury you can’t live without. Did you know though that most of the bottled water companies use municipal water sources, so there is nothing very special about them. Billions of plastic water bottles are sold annually and less than 20% of the bottles are recycled! The world spends $100 billion annually on bottled water alone. This is a shocking statistic, especially when you consider the fact that water is free! Think about what you are drinking from.
Cut down on solid waste
Living a green lifestyle is impossible if you can’t cut down on the amount of waste you bring into your home, and the amount of waste that you subsequently send to the landfill sites from your home and office. Cutting down on waste is tricky. It means changing our buying habits, and the way we handle rubbish.
Cut down on water usage
If your home is anything like the average home you can cut down your water usage by at least a third. We waste water in a variety of ways, including boiling excess water for our cups of tea, using more water than necessary to brush our teeth and bathe, and using the washing machine with half loads. The misuse of water across the globe and the effects of pollution mean our fresh water supplies are diminishing at an alarming rate. Turn your tap off when brushing your teeth, draw shallower baths, and generally be conscious of the water you use.
Help your children understand how to be eco-friendly
Your efforts to go green will be helped greatly if you have children that properly understand the concept of eco-friendliness. Help them to understand why you take certain actions and why they should mirror your behaviour. Make the process interactive and fun or they can quickly lose interest. The Jackpotjane goes green program shows 5 easy, fun lessons on recycling. Use tools like this to help them understand. Children are the future after all.
Cut down on your energy use
As the years roll by, fossil fuel energy is getting harder and costlier to produce. It also contributes up to 21.3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere each year making it largely responsible for the greenhouse effect and global warming. Saving as much energy as possible ensures you are doing your part to cut down on CO2, whilst saving money in the process. Depending on your current usage levels, conserving energy may cut your energy bills in half. Turn the lights off. Air dry your clothes when possible. Buy eco-friendly devices and appliances. Turn the heating down a degree or two.
Become a green ambassador
Your efforts to make the world a greener place can only go so far if you don’t educate others about the benefits of going green. Find ways to bring the topic into conversations without being overbearing about it, and use your habit changes as examples. You need to be able to provide a listening ear to people that buy into your message and start looking for ways to go green.
If you build on these core areas you can begin to go green immediately, and help contribute to a healthier, more sustainable environment.